3 bold predictions for the Commanders at Browns in Preseason Week 1

The Commanders get their preseason schedule underway in Cleveland tonight.

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Bold predictions for the Washington Commanders as they take on the Cleveland Browns in Preseason Week 1 tonight.

One of the most franchise-altering offseasons in Washington Commanders franchise history is over. Game day has officially arrived once again and Ron Rivera's men will look to get their warmup games off on the right foot at the Cleveland Browns tonight.

While the result is far from the most important thing, building momentum is everything at this stage. The Commanders have more of that than ever before thanks to Dan Snyder's departure, but harnessing it in a positive manner on the field is a challenge that could genuinely go either way.

How much we'll see the starters is anyone's guess, but it's likely to be minimal. That gives more opportunities to those further down the depth chart fighting for a roster space - so the quality might drop off but the urgency will increase significantly.

It'll be interesting to see things play out. That said, we made three bold predictions ahead of the Commanders' clash in Cleveland.

Commanders LB Khaleke Hudson gains +10 tackles

There's been a lot to like about the way Khaleke Hudson's applied himself throughout the offseason. The Washington Commanders have a spot open to potentially influence proceedings at the linebacker position with only Jamin Davis and Cody Barton cemented into the lineup, so a strong preseason could tip the scales in his favor.

Hudson's instincts have been on full display at camp. He's gained tremendous confidence from his Week 18 outing at the Dallas Cowboys where he didn't look out of place whatsoever - momentum the former fifth-round selection is looking to build upon this time around.

If Hudson gets prominent reps on the defensive rotation - which is entirely possible in the circumstances, then going over 10 tackles is the best way to cement his status heading into the regular season.