5 winners and losers from the Commanders win at Broncos in Week 2

These players were the big winners and losers from the Commanders week 2 victory over the Denver Broncos.

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Winner No. 3

Commanders defense

The Washington Commanders' defense was ready to go in the second half. This was led by Daron Payne, who set the tone right out of the gate.

Payne had a sack on the Denver Broncos' first possession and followed that up with a tackle for a loss. The defense racked up seven sacks in Week 2 despite not applying much pressure on quarterback Russell Wilson in the first half, which led to some big plays.

Like last week against the Arizona Cardinals, the Commanders' defense made plays when needed. They did the same thing in Denver when Jamin Davis forced a fumble after sacking Wilson outside the pocket.

Another highlight of the game was the return of Chase Young, who missed Week 1. But it didn't take him long to make his presence felt.

Young's impact on the game was impressive, recording 1.5 sacks. Montez Sweat - his best friend and defensive end partner in crime, also added 1.5 to his increasing tally.

Even rookie cornerback Emmanuel Forbes got in on the act by recording his first interception of his professional career. The first-round pick made a spectacular play on the ball but slipped, which would been a house call if he had kept his balance.

The Commanders' defense would had its second interception, but Derrick Forrest dropped it. The defense played outstanding, by being relentless and attacking the line of scrimmage. Thanks to Benjamin St-Juste for making a play by breaking up Denver's two-point conversion after Wilson's hail-mary touchdown.

This Washington defense is coming together nicely. Now the real test comes next week against a high-powered Buffalo Bills offense.