In back-to-back weeks, the Washington Commanders have circled the drain. In a matchup of turd-bowl franchises racing to the sewers, Sunday’s Week 1 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington didn’t stink for a change.
Sure, Carson Wentz threw a decide to a rookie exterior linebacker, however he additionally dropped two raindrops into rookie Jahan Dotson’s palms and intently resembled the top-10 quarterback he was projected to be 4 years in the past. However, it was in opposition to a Jaguars crew that was lifeless final in offense and protection in 2021, picked first total of their second consecutive draft, after which outspent the funds for a whole season of a Marvel Disney+ sequence in free company.
Unfortunately, the Caesars Sportsbook oddsmakers aren’t satisfied. Washington is a 2.5-point canine to the Lions in Week 2. Why is that stunning? Prior, the Lions hadn’t been favored in 24 straight games. The Lions went 3-13 final season, and their greatest acquisition of the offseason was D.J. Chark. And not like Washington, they misplaced an in depth one in Week 1 to a way more potent Eagles squad. Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, and A.J. Brown romped all around the Lions’ protection. Yet, you can argue Detroit was one of the vital spectacular losers of Week 1 due to their second-half offensive surge. The bar is low once you’re the Lions, so you need to take the ethical victories the place you’ll find them.
For years, Washington has been descending right into a bottom-tier franchise. In 2009, Detroit snapped its 19-game dropping streak by defeating Washington 19-14.
Sunday’s matchup looks like a passing of the torch — if each groups have been lined in kerosene, and held it too near their chests. For many years, the Lions have been the NFL’s kings of the porcelain throne franchises. The Browns and Lions boast the NFL’s worst successful percentages since 2000, adopted intently behind by the Jags, Texans, Raiders, and Commanders. Cleveland investing its future in an accused sexual assaulter like Deshaun Watson (he denies any wrongdoing) boosts their declare. Jacksonville has been booty as nicely, however the Jags had a point of playoff success during the last decade. The Texans’ soccer operations are being managed by an exec whose prior job expertise was character coach for the Pats and crew chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs. Yet, Detroit has been so dreadful that two of the best Lions in historical past, Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson, walked away on the high of their recreation. However, the Daniel Snyder period in D.C. has been such an escalating trainwreck for the Commies, that Washington is seemingly coming for that title, too.
During the Commanders’ win over Jacksonville, Washington reported the league’s lowest attendance. It’s a surprising reversal of fortunes. That apathy for the Commies’ debut is the continuance of a decade-long development. From 1999 by means of 2012, Washington managed to cement itself within the high three in attendance. By 2021, the crew was thirty first in common dwelling attendance behind Detroit, however final in dwelling capability share as a result of D.C.’s FedEx Field can host nearly 30,000 extra followers. Officially, nevertheless, FedEx’s capability is listed at roughly 67,000. However, as a consequence of some artistic stadium feng shui, the Commanders have lined or eradicated roughly 24,000 seats.
The worst half about it’s that Washington has benefits that cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Jacksonville don’t. Their fanbase had been slavishly dedicated to the crew, they have been located exterior the nation’s capital and had sufficient cultural cachet to get football fans to wear pig snouts and dresses.
Somehow, the Snyders flushed each benefit they inherited down the drain. Sexual harassment accusations, investigations by a number of state legal professional generals, and an incompetent rebranding course of have their inventory crashing. Losing to the Lions could also be memorialized because the second when the Commies descend to their throne.