On the opening drive for the Washington Football Team, the offense swiftly moved the ball from their own 25-yard line to the Lions' 14-yard line in just seven plays.
With a mix of run and passes, it was clear that the offense was finding success through simple runs and passes. Then, one second-and-two, Washington opted to get creative and run a double reverse.
From quarterback Alex Smith to running back Peyton Barber to running back J.D. McKissic. The play did not work at all and caused Washington to lose double-digit yards.
Then on third-and-13, Smith took a sack that led to a fourth-and-27 and a punt. All of a sudden Washington went from prime position to score on its opening drive for the first time all season to once again walking away with no points. The double reverse was the main culprit.
To make matters worse, Detroit would quickly go down the field and take a 7-0 lead.
It's a play that needs to be executed perfectly to work, and Detroit's defense was not caught off guard at all. Rather than continuing to push forward against a weak unit, Washington opted to start a play moving backward and give the defense an opportunity to change the dynamic of the drive. Even without a first down there, Washington would have most likely gotten points.
One play, especially in the first quarter, may not exactly make or break a play. But the difference between taking points and leaving them on the board due to a questionable play call will impact wins and losses.