Vote 4 Heinicke! Washington bounces back & Heinicke Gets First Win as Starter vs NYG

NYG Giants vs WSH Football Team 

After allowing Justin Herbert and the Chargers to complete 14 of 16 Third Down conversions in a disappointing season opener loss, the Washington Football Team bounces back in their first NFC East division game of the season against the NY Giants, 30-29.

There were two very interesting and horrendous records coming into Washington’s second game of the week and season Thursday night against the New York Giants. Washington is 0-4 against Quarterback Daniel Jones and Daniel Jones is 0-4 in Thursday night games. If that was not sad enough, Daniel Jones has 4 wins against the Washington Football Team and winless against every other team in the NFL. 

Daniel Jones has the Washington Football Team figured out. With given time, Danny “Dimes” can pick the defense apart with a solid pass or break for a 20+ yard scramble run. Before Thursday’s game, Daniel Jones has 8 TDs, 3 INTS, a 100.0 Passer Rating, and completed 68.25% of his passes in his wins vs Washington. 

Last night, Daniel Jones played impressively with a few hiccups here and there that decided their fate. Jones threw for 249 yards, completed 22 of 32 passes with a TD and 95 rushing yards. Daniel broke for a 45-yard TD run that would have put the Giants up double digits early but was called back due to a holding on the offense. During the run, I was hoping he would repeat history and trip but the penalty did. 

Late in the 4th, a crucial mistake by Washington’s secondary left Darius Slayton for a give-me touchdown 40 yards down the field but dropped the pass in the end zone. Thank you Football Gods. 

Ron Believes in 2nd Chances!

“It doesn’t matter how you win, it really doesn’t, it doesn’t matter! The thing is: you win! But sometimes you get a second chance, sometimes you get a correct it, sometimes you get a chance to make it happen!” – Ron Rivera

Dustin Hopkins and Taylor Heinicke made the best of their second chances and brought Washington to their first win of the season. Heinicke in place of Fitzgerald finished with 336 yards passing, 2 passing TD, one interception, and completed 74% of his passes. Taylor is able to handle adversity and put the team on his back. The first two Washington drives resulted in negative yardage and punts but with a little spark from the defense, Taylor finally started moving the ball. 

Heinicke was able to make quick and efficient throws complemented with an aggressive running game. Heinicke gives off a charisma that his teammates can fuel off of and vice versa. The ability to still have the faith of your team after forcing a bad pass to Terry McLaurin while late in the 4th with the small lead is not easy to obtain. His interception set up Gano’s 5th field goal and gave the Giants a 29-27 lead. 

Washington’s defense granted Heinicke a second chance and he made the most of it. In a two-minute drill, Heinicke made passes to Logan Thomas, Adam Humpries, and Terry McLaurin that set up Washington in perfect field goal range. 

A game-winning field goal depending on Dustin Hopkins makes any fan feel uneasy. He misses a field goal wide right to win the game and the Giants fans in the crowd go crazy but there is a penalty on the play. Dexter Lawrence was called for an offsides penalty and Dustin is granted another chance. On his second attempt, Hopkins is still very right of the post but makes the field goal, and Washington wins, 30-29. 

Heinicke gets his first career win as a Starter and when asked about the accolade responds: 

“It’s amazing,” Heinicke said. “The first start was what, two or three years ago in Carolina? Threw three picks, tore my tricep, it was just a brutal thing — and that was my last start until last year (against) Tampa. Come into Tampa last year, had a good game, but ultimately fell up short. And finally, get that first win.”

Washington’s defense looked a lot better than against the Chargers but there are still some holes that need to be addressed immediately such as the running game. Saquon broke for a 40+ yard run and Daniel Jones rushed for 98 yards on 9 scrambles.  

The defense was led by Alabama’s own Johnathan Allen. Johnathan Allen signed a 4-year extension in the offseason and is looking worth every penny. Allen contributed 5 tackles and 2 sacks in last night’s win, marking his 3rd sack already on the season. 

Happy Birthday, Terry!

Happy Birthday, Scary Terry! Terry McLaurin had a breakout game with 101 yards on 11 receptions and 1 TD. If you throw it his way, he will catch it. Simple as that. 

Mistakes and more mistakes gave Washington the win this week but capitalizing on opponent error is never a bad thing. Washington did what was necessary and dug deep for a win against an NFC East rival. Washington faces Josh Allen and Bills on the 26th, should be a very interesting game. 

Thanks for reading! HEINICKE!!!!!!!


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