Commanders vs. Dolphins - Week 13
It's been a long, hard slog for the Washington Commanders this season. But with their bye week firmly in sight, there is one big obstacle left to overcome before an extended period of rest.
And make no mistake, it's a huge one.
The Miami Dolphins have one of the most prolific offenses in recent memory. Their dynamic scheme is predicated on speed, an explosive running attack, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa getting the football out quickly into the hands of his supremely gifted playmakers.
This is something they've accomplished with ruthless efficiency up to now. Considering the Commanders' inconsistency on the defensive side of things, it's not hard to see where the complications could arise.
It'll take a monumental turnaround from the Commanders to keep this close. Weirdly, their best hope would probably be turning this into a shootout and hoping quarterback Sam Howell can conjure enough magic with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy calling the shots.
Prediction: Loss (4-9)
A win versus a potential AFC conference challenger might buy head coach Ron Rivera a little extra time to see out the season. However, this is a steep challenge that might end with another loss at FedEx Field.
Let's just hope the hot water is working this time. That would be something, at least.