Week 1 of the NFL season is here and the levels of excitement as it pertains to the Washington Football Team have never been higher.
From national media members like Colin Cowherd showing the Football Team a ton of love on his show “The Herd”, to fans and local media members thinking this team is one season of solid quarterback play away from contending, the point of the matter is this: expectations have finally arrived in the nation’s capital.
Whether Washington can meet those expectations is to be seen. Though they are improved, they open their 2021 season against a worthy competitor, led by premier quarterback and Chargers’ rising star, Justin Herbert.
Herbert and Co. are entering a 2021 season with new staff members from their head coach to their defensive coordinator, and new key pieces in rookies like Asante Samuel Jr. and Rashawn Slater.
Nonetheless, they are primed to be a team that rises through the ranks of the NFL. Manned by a QB who looks like he’s “got next”, and a defense anchored by premier pass rusher, Joey Bosa, the Chargers have the potential to be a legit threat this season.
Coming in to FedEx Field as the favorites places Washington in a mode they’ve been used to throughout the past two decades.
With a revamped culture, based on discipline and consistency, the Football Team will look to add on to what was a successful 2020 season and embrace being the underdogs once more. From adding veterans like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Curtis Samuel, to bolstering their defense by signing guys like William Jackson III and drafting Jamin Davis, Washington looks like they have arrived as a playoff candidate.
The battle of week one at FedEx Field will take place between two evenly matched teams, with each team one-upping one another on both sides of the ball. It’ll be strength versus strength. Will the Charger’s Justin Herbert give D.C. fans a taste of “showtime”, or will Washington’s ultra-talented defensive unit ultimately prevail?
The answer to these questions will reveal themselves at 1 p.m. EST on game day, so here are three predictions for week one, Football Team vs Chargers: