Commanders vs. Broncos prediction, odds, spread, injuries, trends for NFL Week 2

Can Washington cover the spread as an underdog in Week 2?
Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) signals.
Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) signals. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty, but the Washington Commanders moved to 1-0 on the season with a win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1.

Now, the team is on the road against the Denver Broncos, who dropped their home opener to the Las Vegas Raiders. Denver is hoping to usher in a new era with Sean Payton at the helm, but the team’s offense struggled to start the season. 

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Sam Howell and the Commanders turned things around after a rocky start, but can they pull off an upset as underdogs in Denver?

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Commanders vs. Broncos odds, spread and total

Commanders vs. Broncos betting trends

  • The Broncos are 0-1 against the spread this season.
  • The Commanders are 0-1 against the spread this season. 
  • The UNDER is 1-0 in the Broncos' games this season. 
  • The UNDER is 1-0 in the Commanders’ games this season. 
  • The Broncos are 1-5 ATS as home favorites since last season. 

Commanders vs. Broncos injury reports

Washington Commanders injury report

  • Chase Young (DE) – questionable
  • Jartavius Martin (S) – questionable

Denver Broncos injury report

  • Riley Moss (CB) – questionable
  • Jerry Jeudy (WR) – questionable
  • Greg Dulcich (TE) – out
  • Caden Sterns (S) – out

Commanders vs. Broncos how to watch

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Game Time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Empower Field at Mile High
  • How to Watch (TV): CBS
  • Washington Commanders Record: 1-0
  • Denver Broncos Record: 0-1

Commanders vs. Broncos key players to watch

Washington Commanders

Sam Howell: Sam Howell did enough to beat the Arizona Cardinals, he threw and ran for a touchdown, completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 202 yards, but he’s going to need to be better if the Commanders want a chance to make the playoffs. 

Jahan Dotson: Dotson was a touchdown machine last season, and he caught five of his seven targets for 40 yards in Week 1. Jakobi Meyers – the Raiders No. 2 receiver – had two scores against Denver in Week 1. If Dotson is lines up away from Patrick Surtain II, he could have a big game. 

Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson: Week 1 was similar to last season for Wilson, who threw for just 177 yards despite completing 27 passes. He needs to push the ball down the field more for the Denver offense to make some noise. 

Courtland Sutton: With Greg Dulcich out and Jerry Jeudy questionable, Sutton is one of the few proven playmakers in this Denver receiving corps. The Broncos need him to have a big showing in Week 2. 

Commanders vs. Broncos prediction and pick

Denver was the lowest-scoring offense in the NFL last season, and things don’t look to have changed much so far in 2023. 

The Broncos mustered just 16 points in Week 1, and their defense was exactly lights out, allowing Las Vegas to pick up several key first downs to ice the game in the fourth quarter. 

Denver lacks weapons on the outside with Tim Patrick done for the season, a good sign for the Commanders’ secondary. 

It’s hard to trust Howell completely after a very average debut, but neither of these teams looks like a true playoff contender at this point in the season. 

Denver has covered the spread as a home favorite just one time in the Russell Wilson era, so I’ll gladly take the 3.5 points and back Washington on Sunday. 

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