Commanders vs. Dolphins - Week 13
The Miami Dolphins look like a team that could also do some postseason damage in the highly competitive AFC. Mike McDaniel has his offense humming right now, which poses another set of complications for the Washington Commanders in their quest for a wildcard berth.
This is the final game before the bye week. The players will have an extra few days of rest and preparation after their Thanksgiving Day commitment at the Dallas Cowboys, so executing effectively is the minimum requirement versus a team that can put up points in a hurry.
Washington's secondary has a big-time challenge awaiting them. Tyreek Hill is on track for some historic numbers and looks almost unguardable even in double coverage, so how Jack Del Rio approaches this complicated riddle when one considers Miami's rushing attack is also potent will be of critical importance.
Nobody will be expecting much from the Commanders in this one. That could provide an extra sense of freedom to go about their business, but the risk of being completely out of sight early on cannot be counted out if the Dolphins start on the front foot.
Prediction: Loss (7-8)
If the Commanders can control the clock and frustrate the Dolphins, it gives them a window of opportunity. Sam Howell's role is also crucial, but the Dolphins look a little too strong based on their overall performance levels in 2023 so far.