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Howell Can be the Franchise and His Numbers Back it Up | Washington Commanders


By Adam Aniba


Washington dropped to 4-6 after the Seahawks squeaked out a last second field goal, despite Sam Howell leading the offense to a game tying touchdown pass with under a minute left in regulation.


Howell currently leads the NFL with 788 passing yards and 6 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. He has the ninth highest QBR in the fourth quarter (2nd in sacks taken) and has gained national attention for his play.

Howell was asked at Wednesday's presser about getting national attention.

"It doesn't change anything for me. I do everything I can to say focused on this team and each game. Still a lot of games left.

Howell is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 2,900 yards, rush 200+ yards and have a a 65% completion percentage within his first 11 career games. He also leads the NFL with completions (264) and is T-3rd in touchdowns with 17.

Sam Howell in 2023:


First 5 games: 131 of 191 (68.6%), 1,349 yards, 6 TDs, 6 INTs and 29 sacks


Last 5 games: 133 of 206 (64.6%), 1,434 yards, 11 TDs, 3 INTs and 18 sacks

Per Pro Football Focus Howell leads the NFL with 24 big-time throws this season. This isn't a well known statistic or something often mentioned when discussing NFL quarterbacks. It is a glimpse however, into Howell's ability to create under pressure and put the team on his back, with many of his big time throws occuring in the 4th quarter.


If Howell continues on the current trajectory, he'll get the opportunity to show ownership that he has the intangibles to be Washington's franchise signal caller.


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