3 key matchups that could decide Commanders vs. Cardinals in Week 1

These matchups will have a leading say in the overall outcome.
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Commanders WR Jahan Dotson vs. Budda Baker

Yes, Budda Baker won't be directly lined up across from Washington Commanders' wide receiver Jahan Dotson. But he will be responsible for containing any big plays from the second-year wideout, who is expected to break out this season.

The All-Pro safety will have to lead a young Arizona Cardinals defense again this season. This comes within the locker room vocally and by making big plays on the field.

Dotson is a firecracker ready to pop when he gets the ball in his hands. His playmaking ability across the middle in space could be the blueprint to success for the Commanders' offense with Eric Bieniemy leading the charge.

With questions about Terry McLaurin's health heading into Washington's regular-season opener, Dotson is getting a huge opportunity to show he has the skillset of a WR1 for the Commanders. The talent is there, but much also depends on Sam Howell under center.

If Dotson can create separation in space to help Howell out, the Commanders' offense could find a rhythm and keep the ball moving down the field all game long. The Cardinals hope that Baker can cause confusion in the secondary, and try to rattle the signal-caller into making some bad decisions - something he's been renowned for throughout his career.