The Washington Football Team(2-4) battled hard against the Kansas City Chiefs(3-3) on Sunday and led at halftime, but Kansas City took over the game in the second half and would defeat Washington 31-13 at FedExField.
Washington has now lost two straight and three out of their last four.
In the first half, Washington had 200 yards of total offense and led 13-`10 at halftime, but they had only 76 yards of total offense in the second half and did not score.
WFT QB Taylor Heinicke, who completed 24-of-39 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown, felt the team could not put anything together in the second half.
“We just couldn’t get the ball rolling in the second half, whether it was penalties or keeping it on the sticks, or the defense making a good play, or a dropped ball, bad throw,” Heinicke said postgame. “We just couldn’t put it together. It was frustrating. But again, we’ll get better.”
According to Washington head coach Ron Rivera, the team needed to play a complete game to beat the Chiefs.
“I think the message to the guys more so than anything else is we have to handle adversity,” Rivera said. “We have to play two halves of football. We played a good first half. We didn’t play a good enough second half to give ourselves a chance to win. We’ve got to be able to handle the mistakes, correct the mistakes and just keep going forward. The truth is it’s the sixth game; we’ve got a few more left to play, obviously. We’ve got to shake this one off, learn from it, and get ready for next week. It’s all we can do.”
All four of Washington’s losses have come against teams .500 or better, so the schedule has not been easy, which Rivera addressed after the game.
“We did lose to four good teams, but we could have also beat a couple of them,” Rivera said. “That’s the hard thing to swallow if you’re going, to be honest with it. I mean, we had a chance last week, a chance the opening game. You are what your record says you are. The only way we can get better is to practice, work at it and then go out and play better. And that's pretty much what we have left.”
The next three games for Washington won’t be easy as they have two straight road games against the Packers and Broncos, and back home against the defending world champions, the Buccaneers, so the schedule will continue to be difficult, but Washington has to find ways to overcome it.
Sean Taylor’s jersey retired:
At halftime, the Washington Football Team retired the late Sean Taylor’s number #21 jersey. The Taylor family and friends were honored on the field with a framed Sean Taylor #21 jersey. Also, the team formally commemorated the renaming of the road leading to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road in a pregame ceremony with Taylor’s family, alumni, and team representatives.
Taylor spent four season in NFL, all with Washington. Sadly, his life was cut short after being shot by intruders who tried to burglarize his home back in 2007. He was only 24 years old.
Below are highlights of Taylor’s ceremony from today:
During the Washington Football Team’s October 17th matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team will honor nearly 100 alumni at FedExField, while also paying a special tribute to Washington alumnus and football legend, Sean Taylor. Taylor’s family will join the team on-field for a pre-game ceremony in which Taylor’s contributions to the team will be remembered alongside the retirement of his jersey number, 21. This will mark only the third time in the team’s 89-year history that a jersey number will be officially retired.
The team also will formally commemorate the renaming of the road leading to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road with family and friends of Taylor before the game. Sean Taylor’s family will have the opportunity for a private visit at Taylor’s locker on the Club Level, which has been perfectly preserved from his last game, and will enjoy the game from specially reserved suites. Co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder were especially close with Taylor and view him as an important part of the team’s legacy. They have remained supportive of his family over the years and will be helping to host the family during the game.
Taylor played for Washington during all four seasons of his NFL career. After being selected with the 5th overall and first Washington Football Team pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Taylor established himself as one of the top young safeties in the league and a fan favorite. Following a successful rookie year, Taylor started 15 games and led Washington to its first playoff win in six years. By 2006, Taylor was one of the premier defenders in the NFL. Then, tragically on November 27, 2007, Sean Taylor’s life was cut short after being shot during a robbery attempt on his Florida home. Posthumously, Taylor was honored by the NFL and named a 2nd team All-Pro selection in 2007. The following year, Washington announced he would be inducted as only the 43rd member of the Washington Ring of Fame.
On Sunday, alumni players, including those recognized as part of the franchise’s 80 Greatest and Hall of Fame and Ring of Fame inductees, will be honored with a special on-field halftime celebration, during which they will be introduced by decade.
Ed Reed was an outstanding player, and in 13 NFL seasons, he made a lot of plays. Those plays were one reason that Reed was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend in Canton, Ohio.
Game recognizes games, and when a Hall of Famer speaks, we should all listen. During his time at the University of Miami, Reed played with many great players, like RB Clinton Portis, WR Andre Johnson, TE Jeremy Shockey, WR Reggie Wayne, OT Bryant McKinnie, and many more.
During his time at Miami, one guy who Reed mentored is the late Sean Taylor, whose career and life was cut short after he was murdered in 2007. He was only 24. In four NFL seasons, Taylor was a two-time Pro Bowler(All-Pro in 2007) and established himself as one of the best safeties in the game.
Although Taylor only had a short time in the league, If it were up to Reed, Taylor would have a spot in the Hall of Fame.
“I had the privilege of mentoring him(Taylor),” Reed said at the Enshrinees’ Roundtable on Sunday. “I had some hands on that guy. being a great safety.”
While Taylor showed flashes of being a Hall of Famer, unfortunately, he probably did not have a long enough career to make the Hall. Sadly, all we can do is just imagine
Listen below as Reed discussed Sean Taylor and Steve Atwater’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame.
Former Redskins S Sean Taylor was special. His ability to fly around the field and make plays were amazing. Unfortunately, Taylor’s life was cut short after he was shot by intruders who tried to burglarize his home back in 2007. He was only 24 years old.
Before his untimely passing, Taylor was turning himself into one of the better safeties in football. In four years in the league, all with the Redskins, Taylor made two Pro Bowls(voted posthumously to the Pro Bowl and named first team All-Pro in 2007), accumulated 12 interceptions, and was one of the hardest hitting safeties during his time in the NFL.
Hall of Fame WR Randy Moss, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, called Taylor one of his toughest competitors.
“He came in early, a lot of hype; very good. All he kept telling me is, ‘Every time you catch the ball, I’m going to try to kill you,'” Moss said about Taylor on Sunday at the Enshrinees’ Roundtable in Canton, OH.
Listen below as Moss talks Taylor and the times he played against him: