In a division full of winners, there has to be a loser. That loser so far has been the Washington Commanders. To start out the season, they gave hope with a 28-22 victory over the Jaguars, however, it was a steep descent from paradise from there.
The next four weeks all resulted in losses, coming against the Lions, Eagles, Cowboys, and Titans. However, on Thursday Night Football against the Chicago Bears this past week, the Commanders acquired their second win of the season.
MVP: Montez Sweat, EDGE
This was a very tough pick between safety Kam Curl and Montez Sweat, but ultimately, I went with the more premium position player. Curl has arguably been the best safety in the league this year, but Sweat has impacted the game more.
Through six weeks, the edge rusher has racked up 26 pressures, 21 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, and one pass deflection. He also ranks fifth in the NFL for edge rushers in defensive grade by PFF.
Unfortunately (I think?), Carson Wentz will be out for the next four weeks with a thumb injury. This means that Taylor Heinicke will be the starter during that time, assuming he doesn’t play horribly to where Sam Howell gets his shot.
The Commanders don’t get their bye week until Week 14, which is quite rough. Until that time, they will face the Packers, Colts, Vikings, Eagles, Texans, Falcons, and Giants. Wins against the Texans and Falcons can certainly be reasonable, however, I expect the team to lose five of these games regardless.
Coming out of the bye, the Commanders finish out the season against the Giants, 49ers, Browns, and Cowboys. Assuming the rest of the teams are healthy, I expect them to pick up one win out of these four, most likely coming against the Giants.
Record prediction: 5-12