Game Overview ::
By mjohnson86 >>
- If you’re looking for offensive efficiency, you’ve come to the wrong place.
- The Broncos receiving corps continues to take hits with injuries and inconsistency, keeping them from being a “feared” unit.
- Both defenses had strong Week 1 performances, although it is easy to question the quality of their opponents.
- A lack of downfield aggression or explosiveness from the running games will make it hard for scoring to really get going.
- The head coaches in this game – Sean Payton and Ron Rivera – have a long history of facing each other as both were rivals in the NFC South for several years.
How Washington Will Try To Win ::
The Washington offense was honestly pretty disappointing in Week 1. Playing at home against a “left for dead” Arizona team who appears to be fine with a lost season, the Commanders struggled to move the ball all game. Offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy came over from Kansas City and was expected to spark things, but they failed to be much of a threat for the majority of the game. Washington scored a touchdown on their second drive which was a six-play, 91-yard possession. After that, they struggled to move the ball the rest of the game and even their 10 4th-quarter points happened as the result of turnovers leading to short fields.
Denver’s defense looked solid in Week 1, but the Commanders offense has a much different profile than the Raiders did. First of all, Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo is a pocket-statue type of QB who isn’t going to do much with his legs. Sam Howell is very different in that regard. Likewise, the Raiders offense is very concentrated as they have three players who soak up almost all of their usage. On the contrary, Washington can spread things around quite a bit with two running backs, three or four wide receivers, and two tight ends all finding their way into the mix. The Broncos defense barely got any pressure against the Raiders, but their secondary is strong enough that they can still keep teams from being too explosive against them. Unless Denver’s offense is able to prove something, It seems likely that Washington will have a relatively conservative game plan early in this one. The running backs, tight ends, and Curtis Samuel should be pretty busy as Washington works the short areas and middle of the field rather than challenging Patrick Surtain and company on the perimeter. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of shot plays dialed up opposite Surtain. While the schemes are different in many ways for this defense from last year, Bienemy should at least be very familiar with the personnel for the Broncos defense after facing them twice a year for his whole time in Kansas City.