Commanders 2022 schedule: Predict every match, record projection, opponents and more

Once considered the worst division in the NFL, the NFC East is on the rise. The Dallas Cowboys just finished a 12-5 season, the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants put together two of the best draft classes in the league, and the Washington Commanders have a new name and a new quarterback. . It’s possible we’ll see quite a shake-up in the NFC East in 2022.

Whether the Commanders succeed this coming season or finish in last place in the division likely depends on Carson Wentz’s play. He has a solid offensive line and a few new wide receivers to work with, though, and understands this could be his last chance to prove he’s a legit starter in this league.

Below, we’ll attempt to predict every game on Washington’s 2022 schedule. According to Caesars Sportsbook, Washington’s Over/Under win total is 7.5 (Over -115, Under -105). Let’s see where we land with this project.

Total opponent wins: O/U 6.5

Schedulers probably smiled as they made this Week 1 game official, as Wentz’s last game with the Indianapolis Colts came against the Jaguars. This loss was one of the main reasons Indy wanted to leave their quarterback. Maybe it’s a good thing for Wentz to have the opportunity to exorcise some demons from his past in Week 1. I’d also rather catch the Jaguars early in the season than in the middle. I expect Doug Pederson to make progress when it comes to putting this franchise on the right track, but the Jaguars will start 0-1.

Spread: Washington -4.5
Washington wins, 24-17
Projected record: 1-0

Total opponent wins: O/U 6

The Lions have made some good additions over the past two offseasons — including head coach Dan Campbell — but the quarterback issue is still a big one. The Lions are another team that struggled in 2021 and I expect to be better in 2022, but again I like to catch them early.

Prediction: Washington wins, 23-13
Projected record: 2-0

Week 3 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Total opponent wins: O/U 9

A huge Week 3 game. Not only is this a division game, but it’s also Wentz’s first game against the team that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2016. Wentz hasn’t had much going for him in the past two years, but this game will be different. Washington beats Philly after being swept last season with a huge defensive performance.

Prediction: Washington wins, 20-14
Projected record: 3-0

Week 4 at the Dallas Cowboys

Total opponent wins: U/U 10.5

The Cowboys swept the Commanders last season after being swept by Washington the previous season. Splitting the season series against the Cowboys in 2022 would be a win, as the Commanders won’t beat the Cowboys in Dallas.

Prediction: Washington loses, 31-20
Projected record: 3-1

Total opponent wins: O/U 9.5

The Titans found a way to secure the AFC No.1 seed last year despite not having Derrick Henry for half the season and playing with it a record number of different players. While Ryan Tannehill faltered in the playoffs, he was more than solid when he had his entire cast of point guards. Losing AJ Brown hurts, but this offense runs through Henry. It’s true that Washington has one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, but the Titans find a way to win in Week 5.

Prediction: Washington loses, 28-24
Projected record: 3-2

Total opponent wins: O/U 6.5

Sometimes a short week is a good thing. This game is on “Thursday Night Football” and will be an opportunity for Washington to get back on track after two straight losses.

Prediction: Washington wins, 20-10
Projected record: 4-2

Total opponent wins: O/U 11

The Commanders played the Packers last year and lost by 14 points. Aaron Rodgers lost Davante Adams this offseason, but you can’t sleep on this team. Green Bay has won 13 games in three straight seasons and will earn a home win over Washington in Week 7.

Prediction: Washington loses, 27-16
Projected record: 4-3

Week 8 at the Indianapolis Colts

Total opponent wins: O/U 9.5

It’s hard that Wentz has to face another former team on the road. I don’t see him overtaking Matt Ryan and letting Indy win. While Ryan won’t be the Colts’ quarterback for years to come, the front office clearly saw him as an improvement over Wentz. Additionally, we’ve seen Wentz play in do-or-die situations. It will be a difficult game.

Prediction: Washington loses, 27-18
Projected record: 4-4

Total opponent wins: O/U 9

It’s a reunion with Kevin O’Connell! Washington’s former offensive coordinator was in the running to be hired as the new head coach a few years ago, and now he has his own gig with the Vikings. Like virtually every former assistant who has spent time with Washington’s NFL franchise, I imagine O’Connell will have success as the main man. He leaves FedEx Field victorious in Week 9.

Prediction: Washington loses, 26-23
Projected record: 4-5

Week 10 at the Philadelphia Eagles

Total opponent wins: O/U 9

Washington beat Philly at Landover earlier this year, but with the Commanders on a three-game skid and set to face the Eagles at home on “Monday Night Football,” it will be too much for Wentz and Co.

Prediction: Washington loses, 28-21
Projected record: 4-6

Total opponent wins: O/U 4.5

Commanders are 4-6 and the fan base is shaken. Hopefully a win over the lowly Texans calms them down momentarily.

Prediction: Washington wins, 27-17
Projected record: 5-6

Total opponent wins: O/U 5.5

This match is actually hard to predict. Who will be the Falcons quarterback at this point in the season? Are they a much improved team from 2021? Remember, Washington needed a pretty incredible touchdown with 33 seconds left in Atlanta last year. Not knowing if it will be Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder under center has me leaning towards Washington in Week 12.

Prediction: Washington wins, 23-22
Projected record: 6-6

Weeks 13 (at) and 15 (against) the New York Giants

Total opponent wins: O/U 7

The Commanders will play back-to-back games against the Giants beginning in Week 13. After playing on the road in New York, Washington will have a Week 14 bye before hosting the Giants in Week 15. That marks just the second time since 1991 that an NFL team has played consecutive regular season games against the same opponent. I say Washington split the season series

Prediction: Washington wins 20-17, loses 24-14
Projected record: 7-7

Total opponent wins: O/U 10

The 49ers will be an interesting team to follow with quarterback Trey Lance taking over from Jimmy Garoppolo. Really, they could make the Super Bowl or miss the playoffs. If Lance is some kind of upgrade from Jimmy G, then this team will be strong. Give me San Francisco on Christmas Eve.

Prediction: Washington loses 30-24
Projected record: 7-8

Total opponent wins: O/U 9.5

The Browns are another team like the Jaguars and Lions that I would like to catch early in the season because of a possible Deshaun Watson suspension. The time I don’t want to catch up with Cleveland is Week 17, when the Browns have had time to establish chemistry with their new quarterback and are battling for playoff positioning.

Prediction: Washington loses 33-23
Projected record: 7-9

Week 18 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Total opponent wins: U/U 10.5

The Cowboys won the NFC East for the second straight season and seated their starters in Week 18.

Prediction: Washington wins 30-20
Provisional final record: 8-9

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