Highlights of the Commanders’ victory over the Bears include Al Michaels over Dan Snyder

A look at the good (Hail!) and bad (Fail!) of the Washington Commanders’ 12-7 win about the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

Following an ESPN report Thursday in which Daniel Snyder told his inner circle about the private investigators he’s hired to collect dirt on fellow team owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Amazon Prime spoke play-by-play man Al Michaels reports the ongoing controversy surrounding the Commander’s co-owner, which is being investigated by five agencies. He was very frank.

“Just my feeling, I think the league would love it if Snyder sold the team,” said the legendary Michaels, who is as closely associated with the NFL as any broadcaster, as cameras Snyder in a suite with team president Jason Wright showed at the soldiers’ field. “Don’t have to go to the vote, just sell the team. Because obviously it’s become a big problem in the league. And we’ll see what happens. I think it’s a long way and Dan is very well known for digging his heels into the ground.”

On the pregame show, reporter Michael Smith said he spoke to a senior league official who told him it’s “50-50 that Snyder will survive these scandals.” Vocals from “Sell the team!” could be heard during Amazon Prime’s on-field postgame show.

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The Bears advanced at least to the Washington five-yard line on three occasions, and the home team went without points on three occasions. The Commanders ended their four-game losing streak despite being outplayed by 178 yards by one of the league’s worst offensive teams. In the first half, Washington intercepted Justin Fields on a pass toward the end zone and stopped Khalil Herbert’s running back without a win on a fourth and goal run from the 1. Chicago drove for the potential game win in the last minute, the Commanders held the Bears from within the 5 in four straight games, and they sealed the win when cornerback Benjamin St-Juste attacked wide receiver Darnell Mooney with a fourth catch just inches from the goal line.

Wide receiver Curtis Samuel had 22 catches and two touchdowns in Washington’s first three games. He has 12 catches and hasn’t scored in three games since then, including two grabs for six yards against the Bears. On the Commanders’ final drive of the first half, Samuel dropped a 40-yard touchdown and another pass in four games that should have been a first down.

Commanders can rename anything they want. Dysfunction is their true identity.

Hail: Carson Wentz, bulldozer

With little time to throw and his receivers failing him, Wentz failed to rush for 100 yards for the third time in his career. He also played his first turnoverless game with Washington, improving to 7-0 on Thursday Night Football and throwing a vicious block on a run by Brian Robinson Jr. for the second week in a row. On the first play after the Bears lost mid-December screwed up a punt in the fourth quarter, Wentz equalized All-Pro linebacker Roquan Smith and promoted Robinson to a five-yard gain. The rookie running back scored the go-ahead touchdown on the next game.

“It’s definitely not planned, but especially when you’re down there at the goal line and it was an ugly game, I’ll do everything I can to help this team get to the end zone,” said Wentz, who suffered a hand injury handicapped which he sustained in the second quarter in addition to the biceps tendon strain he sustained on Sunday. “It was fun, I think. I hope I don’t make a living from it.”

Fail: The wrong number of men

It’s Week 6. Washington have an experienced defensive coordinator in Jack Del Rio. At the very least, commanders should have the right number of players on the field when they miss tackles, mess up assignments, and give up explosive plays. Twice Thursday, Washington was fined for having 12 men on the field, which is one too many. Embarrassingly, one of those instances resulted in the commanders allowing Dante Pettis a 40-yard touchdown pass. Equally inexcusable was that Washington only had 10 men on the field at one game during Chicago’s last drive.

Failure: “Freshman” teams

Despite combining for two touchdowns, Chicago and Washington managed to play a game with fewer goals and a less engaging style of football than what viewers witnessed last Thursday when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Denver Broncos 12-9 in the Overtime in a defeated contest that involved nothing but field goals.

“I’ve been on teams like that,” Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez said on the pregame show. “These are the JV teams of the NFL. But there’s a silver lining, folks. I think we will have a good football game.”

Gonzalez, the leading receiver on the 2008 Kansas City Chiefs team that finished 2-14, changed his tune at halftime when Washington led 3-0.

“That could be him student in the first year team,” he said. “It’s not good football.”

Buckner: Commanders can rename anything they want. Dysfunction is their true identity.

Washington came into play with a takeaway in five weeks and the second-worst revenue differential in the league. Jonathan Allen ended Chicago’s second possession inside Washington’s 10-yard line when he intercepted a pass that was deflected by defender Efe Obada’s helmet. Commanders rookie Christian Holmes pounced on a subdued punt by Chicago’s Velus Jones Jr. with eight minutes left and set up the Robinson touchdown run that proved to be the game’s crucial difference.

Failed: Using Ron Rivera’s challenge flag

It’s been a tough season for the third-year Commanders coach in the Replay Challenge division. In last month’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, he didn’t throw his challenge flag fast enough to make what appeared to be an incomplete catch. In last week’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, he sacrificed a time-out on Washington’s final drive by challenging a game that stood little chance of being knocked over. On Thursday, Rivera may have screwed up again when he decided not to contest a catch by Mooney in the third quarter that appeared to have touched the bottom. Instead of facing the third and long, Mooney’s catch lined up the third and short. David Montgomery ran for a first down on the next play and the drive resulted in a touchdown.


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