Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines with one day remaining until their Week 1 contest against the Arizona Cardinals?
Happy weekend, everyone. What a special one it could be as the Washington Commanders play host to the Arizona Cardinals at a sold-out FedEx Field in front of new owners and a host of former players who'll be honored throughout the highly-anticipated event.
It's sure to be an occasion that will live long in the memory of everyone in attendance. Until then, the stories causing debate include Chase Young's status, Josh Harris making his intentions clear, Ron Rivera avoiding complacency, and Magic Johnson laying down a marker for others to follow.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders not taking Cardinals lightly
According to the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook, the Washington Commanders are 7.0-point favorites to get their season off on the right note in Week 1. This has been a steady line over the past few days, which is down to the growing momentum under new ownership and not many expecting the Arizona Cardinals to make any great strides during the campaign.
Many have deemed this result as a foregone conclusion. However, the Commanders have no room for over-confidence with so much pressure on many within the franchise - something that ensures head coach Ron Rivera won't be taking the opposition lightly based on his comments via Pro Football Talk.
"We’re not taking this team lightly. This team, they’re paid like everyone else. They want to win. They’re coming here to win. So we’ve got to be on our game."- Ron Rivera via Pro Football Talk
Looking at the two teams, Washington has more than enough to get the job done. But anything less than 100 percent commitment and focus won't be tolerated.