1. The Reality Is, the Commanders can’t lose this game if they think they’re any good at all.
On paper, this matchup favors the Commanders from nearly every angle. Washington’s defensive line is playing excellent football, while Indy’s coach apologized to their former quarterback for how bad their offensive line has been this year. Washington is expected to start the same offensive line for the third week in a row on Sunday versus a Colts defensive line that is ranked 27th in pass rush win rate and 14th in run stop win rate.
Furthermore, the Colts are starting an untested quarterback for the remainder of a season they appear to have punted on. The Commanders’ starting quarterback, meanwhile, is possibly their locker room’s most popular player who just led them to a comeback win over Green Bay.
Good teams beat teams in turmoil. If Washington doesn’t beat the Colts on Sunday, it will be confirmation of something most rational fans have thought for at least a month: this isn’t a very good team. A win on Sunday, however, would be a welcome step in the direction of relevance, which has been the bar Washington fans have been relegated to reaching for for the last 25 years. Time is a flat circle, and Daniel Snyder has to be forced out.
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