4 critical observations from Commanders 2024 schedule release

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Everyone associated with the Washington Commanders got a chance to pick apart their 2024 season schedule and see what this team could accomplish. Nobody is anticipating head coach Dan Quinn to mount a Super Bowl quest considering the vast alterations made across the franchise this offseason, but there's nothing to suggest they cannot be more competitive if everything meshes effectively throughout the upcoming preparation period.

Quinn is staying calm. He knows how much hard work is ahead and not all of it will be smooth sailing. That said, the Commanders have a nice blend of youth and experience capable of improving their fortunes by looking at the opposition. They also have a potential franchise quarterback after selecting Jayden Daniels at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Commanders were one of the league's worst teams last season for a reason. There is a completely different atmosphere around the building right now, but that will count for nothing if this team doesn't start inspiring the fanbase with an improved football product from the moment they step onto the field in a competitive setting.

With that being said, here are four critical observations from the Commanders' 2024 season schedule release.

Commanders get primetime opportunities

Considering the Washington Commanders had the No. 2 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the fact they've got two primetime games this season comes as something of a surprise. After all, the two-win Carolina Panthers didn't get any, so it's another prime example of how the league looks at the organization differently under the new regime.

The Commanders might not get anything out of their national TV outing against the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles, but that's a moot point. If Dan Quinn and his new-look roster can prove to the worldwide audience that the Commanders are heading in the right direction, that's enough at this early stage of such a substantial rebuild.

If the Commanders could somehow win one - or make the contests exciting to the neutral viewer - Josh Harris' ownership group can expect more primetime showcases in 2025.