LANDOVER, Md. — Alex Smith proved he might make a roster, throw for lots of yards and stand up to a pounding. He can lastly add one thing else to the story of his comeback from a grotesque leg harm: a win.
Smith gained a recreation for the primary time since Nov. 11, 2018 — one week earlier than he broke the fibula and tibia in his proper leg. Washington beat Cincinnati, 20-9, on a day during which Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was carted off the sphere with a left leg harm.
It was Smith’s second begin of the season, however his fourth look. And whereas his numbers did not pop as they’d the previous two weeks — when he threw for a mixed 715 yards — Smith was his previous self. He was environment friendly and efficient.
He accomplished 17-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a landing. He did throw an interception on a move that was tipped excessive into the air over the center. However in any other case Smith was efficient, which has been the hallmark of a profession that has now seen him win 95 begins.
With the win, Washington moved inside a half-game of the lead within the NFC East. Washington performs on the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. The crew is tied with New York Giants at 3-7, however the Giants swept the season collection and subsequently maintain the tiebreaking edge.
Smith did join on one lengthy throw, hitting Terry McLaurin on a deep move down the center for 42 yards. However for essentially the most half, it was Smith doing what he is finished finest in his profession: shifting the chains on short-to-intermediate throws.
He did discover Steven Sims Jr. for a 3-yard landing move the place he wanted to be affected person. The receiver, operating a crossing route, had loads of open area, however he needed to work by way of the center. Regardless of the frenzy pushing him again, Smith was capable of wait and join for the rating.
Smith has overcome a variety of hurdles up to now few months. He needed to win a roster spot after which a beginning job. He achieved the previous, however solely obtained the latter by way of a benching (Dwayne Haskins) and an harm (Kyle Allen). In his earlier two outings, Smith piled up yards and led comebacks — from 17 and 21 down. However there have been no wins.
Earlier within the week, Smith did not fairly rejoice one other milestone, however he did replicate on it — Wednesday was two years to the day that he was damage.
“You simply take a second if you do to actually respect every part about the place we’re, actually as a household how fortunate we’re,” Smith stated. “I am grateful for thus many issues. Actually, to be on this place once more I did not assume was ever doable for a very long time. It’s a good reminder to go searching at how fortunate you might be, how fortunate I’m.”