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Post Game Report Card: Commanders sneak past Colts 17 - 16

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Offense: Grade B -

The Commanders offense struggled most of the day against a very good Colts defense. The run game shifted to more Antonio Gibson focus which yielded little results. Brian Robinson who had (20 carries vs GB, 17 carrries vs Chi) both of those games were wins. He had only 8 carries today. Antonio Gibson did have a nice day as a receiver 7 receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown. Sunday there was much greater emphasis on getting Terry McLaurin the football and it paid off. McLaurin had 6 receptions for 113 yards, including a big catch near the goal line that setup the offense for the game winning score. Terry is a difference maker at the wide receiver position and our passing offense needs to revolve around him.

Defense: Grade B+

The defense had another solid outing today. They held QB Sam Elhinger in check for his first NFL game. There were two big run plays in the game by the Colts. One from RB Jonathan Taylor and one from WR Paris Campbell on a reverse. Outside of that the Commanders kept the run game under control. The pass defense was disciplined most of the day forcing Elhinger to settle for safer more conservative completions in front of him. The defense continued to create turnovers forcing two fumbles.

Special Teams: Grade B

Antonio Gibson and Dax Milne both had solid games returning kicks and punts respectively. K Joey Slye made his lone field goal attempt and all his extra points.

Coaching: Grade B-

The coaching staff had a solid performance today. They made enough good decisions to get the win today. Their approach on offense and towards the run game was stale and predictable. The inability for this team to run an effective two-minute drill at the end of halves or games is still super concerning. Players don’t rush to the line of scrimmage and there is no urgency to call/run plays in those critical moments. This team needs to find a way to be better in those situations as they can lead to points and huge momentum swings in the game. The coaching staff has been doing just enough to win but that is only good enough for today. Winning games in the future will require much better decision making and game planning.

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