Odd stat shows Haskins, Smith and Washington were due for a win


FEDEX FIELD - Dwayne Haskins delivered a decent offensive performance on Sunday, throwing for 178 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in a 27-17 win over the Eagles. 

The numbers aren't staggering, in fact, they're somewhat pedestrian. But a deeper dive reveals an absolutely absurd statistical connection.

In 2018, Alex Smith played quarterback for Washington before a broken leg ended his season early. That season Smith wasn't posting crazy stats, but he had Washington playing winning football. Before his injury, Washington was 6-3 and two games clear in the NFC East. 

Here's where things get very weird.

In the last three wins of Alex Smith's 2018 season, he threw for 178 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Smith posted that exact stat line in a Week 7 win over the Cowboys, a Week 8 win over the Giants and a Week 10 win over Tampa. 

On Sunday, in the first game of the season and a dramatic come-from-behind effort, Dwayne Haskins threw for 178 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. 

178 yards is a low total, and it's almost hard for a team to win with a quarterback not going over 200 passing yards. Yet both Smith and Haskins did it, with identical numbers. 

That's just bizarre. 

Everyone knows that Smith worked with Haskins last year, even while the veteran was working to get back on the practice field and the rookie was trying to figure out life in the NFL. 

Haskins has bigger games in him, that's for sure. Smith did too. 


It's an anomaly that Smith threw for 178 yards three times in one season, let alone Haskins matching that total two seasons later. 

On a day when the head coach, who's battling cancer, had to take an IV at halftime and the second-year QB delivered a rousing halftime speech to inspire a comeback win, an anomaly doesn't seem so strange. It oddly feels like it was supposed to happen.