Taylor Heinicke is Showing He Can Be Washington’s Starting QB of the Future

Another primetime game early in the 2021 season has concluded with a game-winning score as the Washington Football Team defeated their NFC East rival New York Giants 30-29. The result could’ve easily ended in a NYG victory but Dexter Lawrence was offsides on the first GW-FG attempt that Dustin Hopkins missed. However, after the neutral zone infraction, Hopkins nailed his second attempt and capped off DC’s dramatic victory in the District that was headlined by backup QB Taylor Heinicke‘s impressive performance. 

  • Daniel Jones recorded the most RUSH YDS (95) during 1 GP by a New York Giants QB in the Super Bowl era
  • Terry McLaurin has the most GP (7) with 100+ REC YDS in a DC player’s 1st 3 seasons since Gary Clark (13 GP) in 1985-87
  • Taylor Heinicke has recorded the most CMP (93) through a player’s 1st 3 career GS in NFL history (including postseason)
  • If Jones loses 1 more primetime game, he’ll become the 1st QB to lose his 1st 7 career primetime GP since 1950
Odds vs. NYG: WAS -190 (Spread -3.5)



Before the Thursday Night thriller took place, Taylor Heinicke had SOME hype entering the game after a memorable performance where he arguably outplayed Tom Brady in the postseason. However, considering the small sample size, Washington’s lack of confidence in him as QB1 that led to the acquisition of Ryan Fitzpatrick, and their unwillingness to allow Heinicke to compete for the starting job in camp, nobody really KNEW what Heinicke would do in his first start since WFT’s exit in the NFC Wild Card Rd. 

It’s safe to say the 28-year-old exceeded all expectations (even Chase Young‘s) as he looked sharp all game long. Through his three career starts (including the playoffs), his 93 completions are the most in NFL history. He’s firing the ball with pinpoint accuracy and is having plenty of success in moving the chains by making the right reads and leading receivers without many turnover-worthy plays. 

He’s already formed a great connection with WR1 Terry McLaurin and made a tremendous throw to backup TE Ricky Seals-Jones that was the GW-TD before a late INT led to another GWD to set up the GW-FG. The G-Men are by no means a great defense but the Bucs surely are, and he put great play on film then, following it up with another solid showing. The small sample size still leaves room for things to go south, but at this rate, Heinicke looks like he could be the future franchise QB in the nation’s capital. 

Wild ending to TNF in DC

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