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After the Washington Football Team lost a winnable game against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, head coach Ron Rivera showed a level of frustration we have yet to see from him.
Maybe it was the little mistakes along the way that cost them points or it could have been knowing they needed that win with more difficult games lying ahead. Either way, Washington is beginning to lose confidence with each game that slips away.
“I think we lack a little bit of confidence right now,” Rivera said. “We need to keep our confidence level up if we expect to give ourselves a chance to win football games.”
“I’m very frustrated because we’ve got too many good football players to not be better than what we are right now,” he continued. “But your record tells everybody what you are, that’s what we are. We’re a 2-3 football team right now.”
Now the Washington Football Team faces a four-game stretch that includes the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At the very least, they need to win two of those games which may not be the easiest task against the high-powered offenses that come along with the Chiefs, Packers and Buccaneers. Additionally, Teddy Bridgewater has the Broncos sitting at 3-2 but they have lost some momentum over the past two weeks.
First up, are the Kansas City Chiefs at Fed Ex Field on Sunday. Offensively, there is a chance for Washington to make things happen. The Chiefs’ defense is last in the league, giving up 32.6 points per game. For quarterback Taylor Heinicke and company, it will come down to taking care of the ball and scoring in the red zone.
“When it’s early and you have those opportunities, you got to take advantage of them,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner said. “Whether it was I didn’t get the correct call or we didn’t execute exactly what we were trying to get executed or maybe missed a throw here or there, to me, that was the difference for us offensively [versus the Saints] and not going and winning that football game, which I feel like we could have done.”
On the other hand, the Chiefs have a slew of offensive weapons from wide receiver Tyreek Hill to tight end Travis Kelce and the one and only Patrick Mahomes.
“He’s just an unbelievable athlete/quarterback. I kind of go back to when I was training kids when I wasn’t playing and they’re trying to do Mahomes-type stuff,” Heinicke said. “I’m like, listen, you’re not Mahomes. That’s something that he can do. We can’t. I do like watching him play, it’s really fun to watch. I don’t try and pick up any type of stuff from his game. Because that would probably get me in trouble.”
“They’re top five in almost every offensive category and explosive. You’ve got to be very careful. They are a team that lives and dies with the dynamic play down field, and we’ve got to stay on top of it. Keep that in front of us,” Rivera said.
With the defense continuing to struggle, the Chiefs will be another test that Washington needs to pass. But more importantly, the team wants this win to prove they still got it and to breathe confidence back into the locker room.