How could the Washington Commanders fare over their next four games before and after the bye with the team currently sitting at 4-6?
It was another moral victory for the Washington Commanders last time out versus a potential playoff hopeful. But when it's all said and done, it became another loss that put a severe dent in their postseason aspirations.
More concerning, the same problems emerged. Washington's offensive and quarterback Sam Howell, in particular, did enough to triumph - it was the much-maligned defense that couldn't reach the performance levels expected at the game's most critical moments.
Just where the Commanders go from here is anyone's guess. It'll take a huge turnaround to enter the wildcard discussion, which was likely the minimum requirement for head coach Ron Rivera heading into Year 4 of his tenure with new ownership examining everything associated with the franchise.
The Commanders are still fighting, even if they don't have the necessary quality in certain areas. But how could Washington fare over their next four games at 4-6 and with their highly anticipated bye week upcoming?
Commanders vs. NY Giants - Week 11
This is a must-win for the Washington Commanders. They stand 0-3 within the division and the New York Giants are languishing in abject failure after making the playoffs in 2022.
There will be no Daniel Jones or Tyrod Taylor under center, which is a plus. That didn't seem to bother the Giants during their win over the Commanders earlier this season, so complacency must not become an issue as Ron Rivera's men look to get their stuttering campaign back on track.
Prediction: Win (5-6)
This is easily their most winnable remaining contest. Washington is a 9.5-point favorite with most sportsbooks, so anything less than a win at FedEx Field is not going to be well received.