Complimenting an opponent is never fun, and it is never more the case when it comes to a division rival. However, Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw his hands up and spoke nothing but praise for the team he said “beat us twice” – the Dallas Cowboys.
“You guys (have) seen it, this defense doesn’t just do it for us, they do it to almost every team they play,” Heinicke said.
To say that Heinicke and his offense struggled against the Dallas defense would be an understatement. In their last two starts, both against the Cowboys, Washington has been outscored 83-34. Overall, Heinicke completed just 18 of 47 attempted passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and a 42.25 quarterback score.
He has also been sacked eight times and faced pressure on 38.1% of dropouts.
“I mean these guys are going after it up front,” Heinicke said. “They have a really good defensive line, probably the best in the league. They have DBs that make plays, I mean (Trevon) Diggs has what, 12 picks this year? It’s just a really good defense, and when you play a team like that and you go down fast and you have to throw the ball to get back into the game, it’s tough, these guys want to stick their ears together and go after you. And they have a very good offense. They have a very good team. They’ve beaten our ass twice, and we just need to learn from that. “
Learning from those losses is essential if Washington is to preserve its slim chance to advance to the playoffs this season. The first step for Heinicke and his teammates in attempting to land a second straight playoff spot – and potentially save his starting job – is to put aside their latest loss, learn, and focus on not getting “ass pounded twice” by the Philadelphia Eagles this week.