Brian Robinson’s Career Day Helps Hand Hurts First Loss of 2022
The Washington Commanders, for the second time in three seasons, have done the unthinkable: they have knocked off the last remaining undefeated NFL team.
In a hard fought, physical football game, the Commanders thoroughly dominated the Eagles. They put up nearly as many yards on the ground as they did through the air and forced four turnovers on the evening, including Jalen Hurts' just third interception of the year.
The bulk of Washington's ground yardage came from none other than Alabama's own Brian Robinson, Jr. Robinson carried the ball 26 times for 86 yards and consistently picked up conversions on third down. The former Hillcrest Patriot's longest run was an angry 11-yard bruiser in the red zone, which set up an even angrier punch into the end zone.
Robinson may have failed to put up a flashy number for yards per carry, but he was consistently able to gain positive yardage at all, which kept Washington out of third and long situations, something that has troubled the team all season long.
Both Robinson's attempts and yardage were career highs for the rookie who is reportedly still not quite at 100% since being shot in the knee in late August.
Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne had great impacts on the game, as well. The two Alabama alumni were in Jalen Hurts' face all night and forced a handful of errant throws and short scrambles despite not recording a sack. They also excelled at stopping the Eagle's prolific run game, holding one of the NFL's top rushing offenses to just 94 yards on the ground.