Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as preparations continue for their Week 9 trip to the New England Patriots?
The aftershocks are still being felt after the Washington Commanders traded Chase Young and Montez Sweat before the 2023 deadline. But for those still around, their attentions are firmly set on getting their campaign back on track - starting this weekend with a tricky but winnable game at the New England Patriots.
Until then, the stories causing conversation include Eric Bieniemy on the offensive line improvements, Jack Del Rio's frank assessment of Chase Young's time in Washington, Sam Howell getting praise from two future Pro Football Hall of Famers, and the Commanders being tipped for a Week 9 upset.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders tipped for Week 9 upset
Things aren't looking promising for the Washington Commanders after losing five of their last six games. However, they have a shot at getting back on track in Week 9 at the New England Patriots.
This is not the same Patriots team that dominated the league for two decades with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady leading the charge. The Commanders are underdogs from the clash, but Peter Dewey from BetSided tipped Washington to come away with the money line win at +138 with FanDuel Sportsbook (bet $100 to win $138).
"Washington and Sam Howell just carved up a tough Philly defense in Week 8, and now it gets the New England Patriots who are on life support after falling to 2-6. The Patriots also lost No. 1 receive Kendrick Bourne for the season on Sunday. I’ll take a shot on Howell and company as road dogs."- Peter Dewey, BetSided
Belichick is renowned for taking away the opposition's biggest threat consistently. This is a challenge the Commanders need to be ready for, but there's nothing to suggest they cannot get the job done despite losing Chase Young and Montez Sweat.
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