How could the Washington Commanders fare over their next four games with the team currently staring another losing season in the face?
It seems longer than a week since the Washington Commanders endured another embarrassment on national television. There's been a lot to unpack since then, with head coach Ron Rivera firing defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in the hope it can provide the spark needed to end the campaign strongly.
The bye week is quickly approaching for the Commanders, which is another chance to reload and assess what needs to be done. But in truth, Rivera's fate is probably sealed as Josh Harris' ownership gets set to hit the reset button completely to bring this franchise back to prominence.
There are still five games to navigate before and after the bye. The Commanders haven't thrown in the towel just yet, but things are not looking good after inconsistencies and torrid performances since their promising 2-0 opening to the campaign.
With this in mind, we took a look at how the Commanders could fare over their next four games with Rivera one defeat away from his fourth-straight losing season.
Commanders vs. Dolphins - Week 13
Ron Rivera picked a helluva game to take over the Washington Commanders' defense. The Miami Dolphins and their high-octane offense come to town this weekend, which represents a stern test and one that couldn't be more daunting in the circumstances.
Counteracting every Dolphins playmaker is an impossible task. Mike McDaniel - a former Washington assistant coach - runs a scheme that plays to their strengths, which centers on getting the football out quickly and relying on their weapons with dynamic speed to do damage.
Prediction: Loss (4-9)
This poses a serious problem for a floundering Commanders' defense right now. If Rivera doesn't have a miracle cure for this unit, it's not hard to see where the complications could arise.