Alex Smith took another big step in his personal comeback. His team, on the other hand, fell just short again after another late rally. Smith’s first start since November 2018 nearly finished in storybook fashion when he threw for 390 yards and led Washington back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit.
But the Detroit Lions ultimately prevailed 30-27. Smith appeared twice in relief earlier this season, an inspiring return to the field after he endured a broken leg, 17 surgeries and a life-threatening infection. He nearly led a big comeback last weekend, but Washington lost that game 23-20 to the New York Giants.
With head coach Ron Rivera benching Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen suffering a season ending ankle injury, it was Alex Smith that got the call to start for Washington against Detroit.
While all of Washington's offensive touchdowns came on the ground, two from running back Antonio Gibson and one from backup running back J.D. McKissic, Smith showed he could still be mobile in the pocket and throw the ball downfield.