Loser No. 2
Charles Leno Jr./Cody Barton - Commanders OT/LB
I couldn't separate these two, so they go together.
The offensive line still has some protection issues when it comes to the passing game. Charles Leno Jr. had it rough during this game as well as the last. He was called for a holding penalty on a Sam Howell run, but it didn't stop there.
Leno gave up multiple pressures that resulted in a sack. Unfortunately, things don't get easy for this offensive unit in the next couple of weeks, so any kinks in the armor must be resolved as a matter of urgency.
The Denver Broncos wanted to keep sending pressure Leno's way. But In the second half, he did settle down.
Despite giving up four sacks, the rest of the offensive unit played well. If Leno does continue to struggle, I wonder if Ron Rivera will make a change.
The weakest part of the Washington Commanders' defensive unit, many would say, is the linebacker group. This was once again on show to a certain extent in Week 2, with Cody Barton largely at fault.
Sometimes, Barton struggled, playing out of position and failing to stop the play sooner. At times, he would get caught trailing the space from behind. He is clearly learning a new system and is very slow to react on occasion.
Many players across the league are learning a new system, but it is evident Barton is finding life difficult up to now. However, there is still time for the free-agent signing to turn things around.