Commanders News: Sam Howell, Ron Rivera, Montez Sweat and Week 9

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 ahead of this afternoon's game at the New England Patriots?

Happy game day, everyone.

After one of the more dramatic weeks in recent memory, the Washington Commanders get set to take the field at the New England Patriots this afternoon. And for the first time in years, they won't have the benefit of either Montez Sweat or Chase Young after the defensive end duo were traded before the 2023 deadline.

Ahead of the game, the stories causing debate include second-year quarterback Sam Howell's long-term outlook, Ron Rivera's reflection, Sweat getting the bag, and the latest Week 9 odds.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders at Patriots odds for Week 9

According to the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook, the Washington Commanders are 2.5-point underdogs at the Patriots in Week 9.

  • Washington +2.5 points: -106 (bet $106 to win $100)
  • New England -2.5 points: -114 (bet $114 to win $100)

Anyone wishing to wager the Commanders on this afternoon's money line can get them with tempting odds of +130 attached (bet $100 to win $130). The Patriots are favored despite their concerning run of form at -154 (bet $154 to win $100).

FanDuel Sportsbook set the over/under at 40.5 points.

  • Over 40.5 points: -114 (bet $114 to win $100)
  • Under 40.5 points: -106 (bet $106 to win $100)

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.