How might the Washington Commanders perform on a game-by-game basis during a franchise-altering campaign under new ownership in 2023?
The time for talk is almost at an end. After one of the most dramatic offseasons in memory, the Washington Commanders officially get their 2023 campaign underway this weekend, which is the litmus test for head coach Ron Rivera entering Year 4 of his tenure.
Rivera is getting another season to prove his worth despite Josh Harris' ownership group taking over from Dan Snyder. The atmosphere around the franchise is like nothing we've seen for decades, but that will count for nothing if they cannot start making improvements in terms of on-field results.
With that in mind, we took a look at how things might unfold for the Commanders in our final game-by-game predictions for the 2023 season.
Commanders vs. Cardinals - Week 1
FedEx Field will be sold out and absolutely rocking tomorrow afternoon. It'll be an occasion of epic proportions and looking at the opposition, this represents the perfect chance for the Washington Commanders to get their campaign off on the right foot.
The Arizona Cardinals will be without star quarterback Kyler Murray and have made moves in recent weeks in keeping with a team that's already throwing in the towel. That said, the Commanders aren't in a position to be taking anyone lightly with so much pressure on influential figures within the organization.
Prediction: Win (1-0)
If Sam Howell provides the improvements needed under center and Eric Bieniemy's play-calling makes a significant difference, this should be a comfortable outing for the Commanders. Anything less than victory would be a major disappointment.