Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the team continues to bask in the glory of their Week 1 win at FedEx Field?
Getting the 2023 season off on a positive note was just the start. What's important for the Washington Commanders is not getting too ahead of themselves and taking things one game at a time heading into their tricky-looking visit to the Denver Broncos in Week 2.
Attention is slowly turning to that. Until then, the stories generating column inches include Jonathan Allen on fan influence, Terry McLaurin noticing a difference, Ron Rivera's mixed emotions, and Josh Harris on the complicated sale process.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Jonathan Allen lauds Commanders fans
Although everything looked in the Washington Commanders' favor pre-game, the Arizona Cardinals appeared to be seizing control of the contest at the worst possible time for head coach Ron Rivera. Fortunately, a sterling effort on the defensive side gave the offense enough of a window to put up the points needed and ensure momentum continued to build.
Things have to get better moving forward with the stand of competition increasing. But stud defensive tackle Jonathan Allen lauded the fanbase for their vocal contribution to the team's success in Week 1 via Sports Illustrated.
"There was a moment where we were not playing good and they were not really into it, but that's our job to get them back into it. Luckily, they came on strong in the 4th quarter, you know, helped us win the game."- Jonathan Allen via Sports Illustrated
Allen was an absolute wrecking ball en route to a Pro Football Focus grade in the mid-90s for his efforts. Washington looks like it'll be heavily reliant on its defense again this season, but it's a responsibility they are more than ready for based on their first showing.