Commanders News: Eric Bieniemy, Sam Howell, Malik Willis and game day arrives

Delving deeper into the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the team gets set for its first preseason game at the Cleveland Browns tonight?

We made it. The Washington Commanders play a football game tonight and although it's just a preseason clash with the Cleveland Browns, there are high stakes for many and some intriguing elements of the equation to monitor along the way.

Ahead of Washington's first official contest under new ownership, among the stories causing debate include game-day betting odds, what the Commanders expect from Sam Howell this evening, a Pro Football Hall of Fame coach comes to Eric Bieneimy's defense, and another link to quarterback Malik Willis.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders odds at the Browns

A lot has happened since the Washington Commanders last stepped onto the gridiron. The franchise is almost unrecognizable in many ways, but tonight's preseason game carries special significance as the first outing without Dan Snyder as owner for more than 24 years.

According to the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook, the Commanders are 3.0-point underdogs at the Cleveland Browns this evening. The spread can be bet at -110 in both directions depending on who you fancy (bet $110 to win $100).

Anyone wishing to wager the Commanders' money line can do so at +135 (bet $100 to win $135), with Cleveland favored to win on home soil at -160 (bet $160 to win $100). The over/under for the warmup contest has been set at 39.0 points and is available at -110 either way.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.