How could the Washington Commanders fare over the next four games after getting their 2023 season underway with a hard-fought victory?
The Washington Commanders made hard work of it, but they got the job done eventually to begin the campaign with success over the Arizona Cardinals. There is a lot of hard work ahead, but building on the team's newfound momentum in front of a sold-out FedEx Field was absolutely imperative despite the imperfect performance overall.
Anything less than victory would have made things difficult for Ron Rivera heading into such a critical campaign. The experienced head coach has the full support of Josh Harris currently, but the owner freely admitted it's a results business and that's how he'll be judged when push comes to shove.
There aren't many who are especially high on the Commanders right now. However, that could change depending on what transpires over the next few weeks as the schedule gets a little tougher.
With this in mind, we took a look at how the Commanders might fare over their next four games after securing a 1-0 start last weekend.
Commanders at Broncos - Week 2
Next up for the Washington Commanders is a tricky-looking trip to the Denver Broncos. The testing altitude coupled with this being Sean Payton's first competitive game as head coach are tough challenges to overcome, but Ron Rivera's squad is brimming with confidence and might fancy their chances of a second straight triumph.
Obviously, the Commanders will be heavily reliant on their defense. Russell Wilson isn't the force of old under-center, so if the defensive line creates havoc once again and the secondary takes advantage of takeaway opportunities, they'll be right in the mix.
Prediction: Win (2-0)
It won't be easy. But if the defense plays well and quarterback Sam Howell cuts down on turnovers in his first NFL road start, a shock Commanders win might not be too far-fetched.