Breaking down the Commanders’ AFC South opponents
The Jacksonville Jaguars (Projected 6.5 Wins)
The Commanders will kick off their 2022 campaign at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be the third straight year the Commanders open their season at home. They will look to improve to 2-1 in those games after they beat Wentz and the Eagles in 2020 before losing out to the Chargers in 2021. The Jaguars will be the easiest of these three opponents, but should not be overlooked. They spent a lot of money this offseason trying to help second-year QB Trevor Lawrence be successful in 2022. Wentz will also face off against Doug Pederson for the first time since the Eagles shipped them both away after 2020, which makes for another intriguing storyline.
The Tennessee Titans (Projected 9.5 Wins)
The Titans will come to FedEx Field in Week 5. The Titans are coming off a season in which they earned the AFC’s No. 1 overall seed. However, they lost some major pieces this offseason, including AJ Brown and Julio Jones. Nonetheless, this will no doubt be a tough, yet winnable, home game for the Commanders that could go a long way towards them reaching their ceiling in 2022 should they win.
The Indianapolis Colts (Projected 10 Wins)
Wentz will lead the Commanders into a tough road game against his former team in Week 8. The Colts have a an excellent defense and a phenomenal running game. Matt Ryan, Wentz’s replacement, will look to finally push the Colts to a division title in 2022. While it is possible the Commanders could find a way to win this game, it will be quite the difficult feat.
The Houston Texans (Projected 4.5 Wins)
The Houston Texans could be in a position to tank for a high draft pick in a star-studded QB draft class in 2023. This offers an opportunity for the Commanders to win a road game in Week 11. The last time Washington faced the Texans was Week 11 of the 2018 season when Alex Smith suffered his horrific injury. The Commanders will hope to avoid major injury and walk away with a road win against a Texans team that offers very little potential in 2022.