How could the Washington Commanders fare over their next four games after the team's 3-4 opening to the 2023 campaign?
There was a real opportunity for the Washington Commanders to build further momentum in Week 7 and get one over on a divisional rival along the way. Instead, we witnessed another pathetic performance from a Ron Rivera-led squad versus the New York Giants, who were significantly depleted and looked to be going nowhere fast after their 1-5 start.
This has led to yet more speculation about Rivera's long-term future with the franchise. Momentum also seems to be building about the Commanders' potentially trading one of their top stars - more specifically Montez Sweat or Chase Young - before the deadline on October 31.
Plenty of uncertainty surrounds the Commanders currently. What's important for Rivera is ignoring the outside noise and somehow turning this sinking ship around before things get far tougher at the business end of the campaign.
On this topic, we took a look at how Washington might fare over their next four contests following their indifferent 3-4 start.
Commanders vs. Eagles - Week 8
As if things couldn't get any worse for the Washington Commanders. FedEx Field will once again be sold out for their home contest versus the Philadelphia Eagles, who look well on course for another divisional title and potentially retain their NFC conference crown after another eye-catching start.
The Commanders can take heart from their performance at the Eagles when the two sides met earlier this season. Washington lost that game in overtime and it's hard to predict anything other than the same result given how woeful they've been in two of their last three outings.
Prediction: Loss (3-5)
Starting quickly is the only way Washington has a legitimate chance in this one. But considering the offensive line's struggles and how dominant Philadelphia's front seven can be, another long afternoon awaits.