3 pleasant surprises from Commanders win vs. Cardinals in Week 1

Some surprising factors emerged from the Commanders' win in Week 1.

Kamren Curl
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Commanders secondary

Expectations grew exponentially regarding the Washington Commanders this offseason after two key additions via the NFL Draft. It was only one game, but this unit looks like it'll be a big-time asset for defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in 2023.

Kamren Curl was lights out as expected, making tackles all over the field. The gifted safety is looking for a bumper new contract in the not-too-distant future, which those in power would be wise to sort soon considering the price is only going up with every outstanding display.

One could see what he meant to Washington's defense and Curl was sorely missed in some games last season. Percy Butler and rookie Emmanuel Forbes nearly had their first interceptions for the team - both players were in the correct position but could not haul in their respective chances.

In the second half of the game, Washington's defense turned it up by pressuring Arizona Cardinals quarterback Joshua Dobbs. In the fourth quarter, they forced a fumble that led the offense to score.

This was an exciting game - very intense - but the Commanders walked away with the win at home and with electric cheers from fans. Considering how dominant the defensive line might be throughout the season, Washington's dynamic young secondary could reap some significant rewards as the campaign progresses.