This time, it was the New England Patriots and their legendary head coach, Bill Belichick. Belichick is known for making life miserable for young quarterbacks. So, Washington knew protecting Howell, who had been sacked 41 times entering Week 9, was of the utmost priority.
With the Commanders leading 3-0, Howell faces heavy pressure on a third-and-7 deep in Washington territory. The type of pressure that makes you cover your eyes.
What does Howell do?
As Howell faces the pressure, instead of throwing the ball out of bounds, Howell, falling backward, heaves a ball to the middle of the field, and, somehow, wide receiver Byron Pringle is there. Pringle proceeds to pick up 26 yards on the play.
Check it out:
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) November 5, 2023
Backyard football, indeed.