The Washington Football Team was one drive away from taking out the Seattle Seahawks at home on Dec. 20 but couldn’t finish the deal as they fell to Seattle (10-4), 20-15.

Starting for injured quarterback Alex Smith, second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins led his men downfield on a 14-play drive in the game’s waning minutes but was sacked twice before throwing a desperation heave on fourth down into the end zone that fell incomplete.

“I think he started a little bit slow and was kind of feeling around things,” Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said about Haskins filling in for Smith. “And then when you saw him settle down, you saw him get more effective and make some things happen.”

Haskins finished the game throwing for 295 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Washington tight end Logan Thomas led the way with 13 receptions for 101 yards while wide receiver Terry McLaurin hauled in seven receptions for 77 yards.

Though Peyton Barber scored the first touchdown of the game on the ground in the third quarter from one yard out, J.D. McKissic had a strong performance accounting for 107 total yards, including a six-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to five points.

Despite suffering the heartbreaking loss, Washington (6-8) remains in first place (NFC East) after the New York Giants lost to the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 20.

Washington Capitals Lose Netminder

NHL hockey will be back again as the NHL and NHLPA announced on Dec. 20 and agreed on a 56-game 2020-21 season starting on Jan. 13.

However, the Washington Capitals will not have their newly acquired netminder back in the fold after stating that he would not play this upcoming season.

Henrik Lundqvist, 38, is battling a heart condition and made his decision after consulting with multiple doctors before declining not to play. Lundqvist was a Vezina Trophy recipient (2011-2012) and helped Sweden win a gold medal during the 2006 Toronto Olympics.

“For the last two months, I have felt so inspirited and committed to prepare myself for the upcoming season,” Lundqvist said. “The daily skates, the workouts, and just the thought of playing in D.C. have really brought me a lot of excitement.

“I want to thank the Washington Capitals organization for giving me this opportunity and also for all the support they’ve shown during this challenging time,” Lundqvist said.

Westbrook Comfortable in Washington

Stepping into former point guard John Wall’s shoes is no easy task, but Russell Westbrook has shown that he has acclimated into Brooks’ offense well.

After losing the first two preseason games to the Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons, Washington got a little revenge on Dec. 19, downing the Pistons 99-96 for the first and only win in the preseason.

Though center Thomas Bryant stole the show with 22 points, Westbrook played his first game in Washington and showed flashes of what he was in Houston.

Westbrook finished the night with 8 points, seven rebounds and three assists in only 17 minutes of play. However, he left a lasting impression on his teammates.

“Definitely in the first half, I think you can see how many open shots and how many good looks we had,” said Washington forward Davis Bertans about Westbrook’s effect after being inserted into the lineup.

Washington will head into the regular season against the Philadelphia 76ers on the road, and the Wizards star player likes what he has seen so far.

“It felt great because it was great energy,” Washington guard Bradley Beal said of having Westbrook’s presence on the floor. “I think we both do a really good job of feeding off of each other … It works out well.”

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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