Commanders News: Sam Howell, Emmanuel Forbes, power rankings and Week 5

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines with just one day remaining until their first primetime game of 2023?

This is a fast-moving week for the Washington Commanders. In a weird way, turning the page quickly from such a heartbreaking loss in Week 4 might be the best thing for this team, although there's just no telling for sure until Ron Rivera's men step out at FedEx Field to take on the Chicago Bears with the entire NFL world watching on primetime.

Thursday Night Football is almost upon us, which represents a big chance to make a statement and get back into the win column. Until then, the stories generating column inches include Emmanuel Forbes' growth, Sam Howell's shifting focus, where the Commanders sit in ESPN's weekly power rankings, and Week 5's atmosphere getting another major boost.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders announce Week 5 sellout

Despite the Washington Commanders being on primetime against the Chicago Bears, it hasn't stopped fans from packing the stands at FedEx Field. The team announced on Tuesday that the game is officially sold out, which is the third straight contest under Josh Harris' new ownership group that's carried the distinction.

Considering the Bears are currently 0-4 and without much going for them, it's hard to imagine many of their fans going the extra mile for a Thursday night contest. Therefore, an electrifying atmosphere awaits the Commanders on home soil as Ron Rivera's squad looks to end their two-game losing skid.

Hopefully, the fans can do their bit and drive their team to victory.