The Washington Commanders are entering a season where they have a lot of internal expectations. The coaches and front office believe this team can make a playoff run. However, for at least the first week of the regular season, the Commanders will have to play without star edge rusher Chase Young as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Washington plays Jacksonville in Week 1
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If you had to choose a game for Young to miss, the game versus the team that had the number one overall pick the year before is not a bad place to start. However, the Commanders matchup versus the Jaguars is no guaranteed victory.
Jaguars will visit FedEx Field for a one o’clock game. The Jaguars are undergoing a new regime. Former Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson, has plenty of experience playing against Washington.
Furthermore, quarterback Trevor Lawerence will be given a true chance to shine, and with the absence of Urban Meyer as his head coach, the sky is the limit for the former number one overall pick.
Washington should be able to defend the run.
The defense was lacking, to say the least, in 2021. One of the bright spots for Washington was finishing top ten in rushing defense. If Washington is able to bring the same rushing defense to 2022, specifically Week 1, they will be able to force Lawerence into airing the ball out.
Being able to force a young quarterback to pass the ball is one of the keys for Washington Week 1.
Washington’s defensive line is their strength.
Chase Young is a key part of Washington’s defense. He is one of the most talented young stars in the NFL, and having him return to the field will be a massive boost for the team.
However, in the meantime, Washington has the likes of Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, and others, who have proved they are top-end talent in the league.
Young’s presence will be missed, but Washington will be left in good hands on the defensive line for Week 1.
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