5 Commanders revenge games fans must circle on their 2024 calendars

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Commanders vs. Panthers - Week 7

Who thought the Carolina Panthers' pipeline to the Washington Commanders would end once Ron Rivera left? Anyone hoping for that was out of luck.

This offseason, the Commanders added top free agent linebacker Frankie Luvu, who could be a tremendous piece of business based on his production in Carolina. Washington followed that up with the signing of athletic defensive playmaker Jeremy Chinn.

The Panthers had intended on re-signing Luvu but did not offer enough to keep him. In Week 7, he can prove that was ultimately a mistake by Carolina's new regime led by Dan Morgan and Dave Canales.

Chinn on the other hand, saw his usage surprisingly drop with the Panthers last year after Ejiro Evero turned him into an afterthought within his 3-4 base defense. The former second-round pick can prove that he is a versatile part of the Commanders' defense during this winnable home encounter.

Commanders vs. Bears - Week 8

In Week 8, the Chicago Bears visit the Commanders in a showdown between Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels. The No. 2 pick gets a chance to prove that he should have been the No. 1 selection, although it was clear from a long way out that wasn't going to be the case.

The Commanders also get a chance to enact revenge on the team that thoroughly embarrassed them on national TV last year. Last October, the Bears beat Washington 40-20 on Thursday Night Football, handing Ron Rivera his third straight loss after starting 2-0, while ending their 14-game losing streak.

The Bears scored on all five of their first-half possessions, taking a 27-3 lead into halftime. D.J. Moore finished with one of the best games of his career, accumulating eight receptions for 230 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

This game also features Montez Sweat's return to Washington after being dealt at the trade deadline last year. During his nine games with the Bears last season, he had six sacks. This meant he finished the year with 12.5, the most in his career.

He'll have an opportunity to show that the Commanders should not have let him go.