- The Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera announced that Alex Smith will be the team’s starter moving forward.
- Starter Kyle Allen suffered a season-ending injury during Sunday’s game against the Giants.
- Washington heads to their November 15th road game against Detroit as +3.5 betting underdogs.
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera announced after Sunday’s game against the New York Jets that Alex Smith has been promoted to the starting quarterback position and that Dwayne Haskins has been elevated to the no. 2 spot following Kyle Allen’s gruesome leg injury.
Kyle Allen Likely Done For The Year, Alex Smith The Starter Moving Forward https://t.co/Vltzixl3VQ pic.twitter.com/kAVeemEe3Y
— Pro Football Rumors (@pfrumors) November 8, 2020
Smith will make his first start of the season next Sunday, November 15th, when the Washington Football team travels to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions. It will mark Smith’s first start since November 18, 2018 when he suffered a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg. He missed the next two seasons and returned this year as QB no. 2 behind Allen after the latter took over from Haskins in Week 5.
Incredible Comeback Story
Standing O from the Smith Fam ??? pic.twitter.com/h6TTMSQRWu
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 11, 2020
While this was not the way that Smith wanted to get his old starting quarterback job back, it continues an incredible comeback story that has seen Smith not only recover from a life-threatening injury but return to take a snap in an actual NFL regular season game.
Smith suffered a spinal and compound fracture to his right tibia and fibula. He contracted sepsis after suffering an infection and not only was his leg threatened for amputation, doctors also feared for his life. But after undergoing a total of 17 surgeries on his leg, Smith recovered and he set an ambitious goal to return to playing in the NFL. Many doubted him but he beat the odds.
In Week 5 of the current season, Smith came off the bench to replace Allen in the second quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Rams and played the entire second half. He had a dismal game, completing just 9-17 passes for 37 yards but the fact that he was even able to take one snap after what he went through was nothing short of a miracle.
Comeback Came Up Short
Alex Smith with his 1st TD pass since Nov. 11, 2018 ??
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) November 8, 2020
Smith got his second taste of action this season after Allen got injured on Washington’s third possession on Sunday. He ended up completing 24 of 32 passes for 325 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. While the Washington Football Team came up short and lost 23-20 to the Giants, Smith looked far more comfortable on the field on Sunday than he did in week 5.
While Smith is no longer as mobile as he used to, he was able to operate well in the pocket and move out of trouble when needed. He was also aggressive in throwing the ball downfield and in the fourth period, the connected with Terry McLaurin for a 68-yard score, for his first touchdowns pass since November 11, 2018.
Washington was already down 10-0, thanks to a pair of early turnovers, when Smith entered the game. He completed 17 out of his first 20 passes and was effective enough on Sunday. However, the comeback came up short as he also threw three interceptions. It didn’t help too that the Washington defense allowed the Giants to rack up 168 rushing yards.
With their loss to the Giants, the Washington Football Team lost ground in the NFC East race. With the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles only at 3-4, the rest of the division still has a good chance of chasing them. Despite the loss, Washington remained in second place in the division. But at 2-6, they are slowly slipping away.
Washington’s next game is a November 15th road game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Washington Football Team head to that contest as +3.5 point betting underdogs to the 3-5 Lions. Detroit is coming off a 34-20 defeat against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, in a game where QB Matthew Stafford left in the 4th quarter with a concussion.
Detroit has beaten Washington four times in their last five meetings. However, the Lions lost their last head to head meeting, 19-16 last November 24, 2019. Detroit has fallen to the bottom of the NFC North. With the season flying fast, they need a victory as badly as Washington does.