AWadd on Commanders' 2-Point Conversion vs. Lions: "Since When Does the NFL Come Down to Analytics?"

The Detroit Lions' Aidan Hutchinson sacks Carson Wentz during the Lions' 36-27 Week 2 victory over the Washington Commanders.
The Detroit Lions' Aidan Hutchinson sacks Carson Wentz during the Lions' 36-27 Week 2 victory over the Washington Commanders. Photo credit Getty Images

Down 29-15 to the Detroit Lions in the third quarter in Week 2 of the 2022-23 NFL season, the Commanders forged a drive that stretched into the fourth quarter and ended with an Antonio Gibson touchdown run.

The score put Washington within eight of the Lions, meaning an extra point would put them one touchdown and one extra point away from tying the game. Yet the Commanders decided to go for two, the attempt failing and putting Washington down a touchdown and two-point conversion.

On Monday, Adam Epstein tore into the team for the decision.

"It doesn't make any sense to me," AWadd said. "Ron Rivera has this Riverboat Ron name [...] given when he was in Carolina because he went for it on fourth down a lot. He was given that name because they were being nice to him, because [...] it didn't make any sense every time he was going for it on fourth down -- he would punt on fourth and two, he would go for it on fourth and eighth and you'd be scratching your head.

"We're down by 14, you score a touchdown," he added. "You kick the extra point 100 times out of 100 times to make it a seven-point game. You try to get one stop, and you try to tie it. I don't care what the math tells you."

This was a dig at Rivera in particular, who cited the "math" after the game:

"It's in the math," Rivera said. "You guys should appreciate the analytics.

"We should appreciate the analytics?" Epstein asked. "What kind of answer was that?

"Since when does NFL come down to analytics?" he added, "and not whose offensive line is bigger and stronger? That's what it's always come down to. Analytics. Are you kidding me? I don't care if the analytics were shown to me right now by the President of the United States. I'm telling you, that's BS!"

Listen to his full rant below.