The Washington Commanders finished the 2020 season with a 7-10 record, which was good for third place in the NFC East, and not good enough to secure a spot in the playoffs. They will try to get back in the playoffs for the second time in three seasons this year.
Washington averaged 19.7 points per game last season, which was 23rd in the league. They gave up 25.5 points per game, which was 25th.
Taylor Heinicke completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,419 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. Antonio Gibson led the team with 1,037 rushing yards seven touchdowns, while Terry McLaurin led the team with 1,053 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Bet on the Commanders at these top sportsbooks for NFL online betting.
The Commanders decided to upgrade the quarterback position and traded for former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, who completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,563 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
They also drafted Sam Howell and hope he can turn into their quarterback of the future. They are deep at the running back position with Gibson and J.D. McKissic and also have very capable receivers with McLaurin and tight end Logan Thomas, who is coming off an injury-shortened season, and drafted Jahan Dotson in the draft.
Washington’s defense should be better than it was last season with 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year missing a lot of games after tearing his ACL. They added more depth through the draft, selecting Phidarian Mathis and Percy Butler.
The Commanders don’t have a lot of depth at the linebacker position, and will miss Landon Collins, who left in the offseason. Their secondary should be good this season with Kendall Fuller, who blossomed into a star in 2021.
Washington Commanders Season
With Ron Rivera leading the way, you can’t count out the Commanders in the NFC East, but they won’t finish better than second place in the division. Oddsmakers don’t like their chances this season with Super Bowl 2023 odds currently at +5000.