The Washington Football Team’s NFC East title defense is getting off to an awfully shaky start. Not only did the team fall, 20-16 against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, but starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick exited with a hip injury and is now being placed on IR, meaning he’ll be out a minimum of three weeks.

The injury is believed to be serious and can jeopardize his season. The QB was hit on a pass rush from the Chargers’ Uchenna Nwosu on the play. Washington is lucky to have some depth at the position, as playoff hero Taylor Heinicke is their backup. He starred last winter against the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Bucs and will hope to recapture that magic starting in week two against the 0-1 New York Giants. Prior to the injury, the 38-year-old was 3-for-6 passing for 13 yards. In relief, Heinicke was 11-for-15 for 112 yards with a touchdown. Although Washington has a short week, they still must be extremely confident. They face off against the Giants who performed quite badly on both sides of the ball on Sunday, surrendering 27 points to an average Denver Broncos offense and only mustering 13 points. Daniel Jones was merely mediocre instead of horrifically bad, throwing for 267 yards and a touchdown, as well as leading the team in rushing with 27 yards, and a touchdown. Jones didn’t solve his turnover issue completely, having one costly fourth-quarter fumble. Washington can take advantage of this and win on Thursday in spite of injury.

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