Who were the big winners and losers from an enthralling road win for the Washington Commanders against the Denver Broncos in Week 2?
Week 2 of the 2023 season for the Washington Commanders didn't start like we wanted to, but the excitement made for must-see TV through the game. The Denver Broncos came out hot, firing on all cylinders, taking advantage of the defense early and often in the first half.
The Commanders got down fast before finally scoring on their second possession. The Broncos' next two plays went for 60 yards and then 16.
Washington found themselves down 18 points early before going into halftime trailing by just seven. Another slow start for the Commanders wasn't what fans were expecting, especially being on the road in a hostile environment.
It was the Commanders' first win in Denver since 2001 and Ron Rivera's first triumph against the Broncos as a head coach. Washington had a big day by scoring 35 points for the first time since 2000, erasing an 18-point deficit, the most since 1990, and their first 2-0 start since 2011.
Rivera told the guys to stop waiting for someone to make a play go and be playmakers. The ball is in their court - wise words from Riverboat Ron.
This was a tale of two halves by the Commanders until the Russell Willson fumble sparked the Commanders rally. Now, after a comeback win, Washington will travel home to FedEx field to take on Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 - a game that will be another great test for Sam Howell and this offense.
With that being said, here are five winners and losers from Washington's unbelievable Week 2 success.