Game #4 feels like a “must win”!

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Washington has their back against the wall today in Dallas. With a loss, the Commanders drop to a deep hole of 1-3, but with a win they are back in the hunt at 2-2. The Cowboys have surprised after Dak Prescott injured his hand and has been replaced by Cooper Rush who is 3-0 in his career as a starter for Dallas. Unfortunately with Washington’s QB1, it has been an up and down season with each game and in each half of football. Yes, Carson Wentz has a 1-2 record, and that matters more than his passing yardage.

Washington fans quickly have a love/hate relationship with Wentz. There were many who were skeptical of him, and others supported him. He is slowly losing the faith of the fans who supported him. Some would say that it is only three games, and give it more time. Wentz is 6th in the NFL with 861 passing yards, but his QBR rating is 90.6 and that ranks him at a very mediocre 17th. He cannot just hang in the pocket to get sacked. He is a veteran quarterback who is supposed to have field vision and know how to read defenses.

If the Vegas betting is any indication of what the Commanders will do, there is a lot of skepticism as to Wentz beating the Cowboys today, but the Vegas spreads has narrowed at a little over a field goal in a 3.5 point spread.

“But I would like to say it’s not necessary having to do something different as maybe do something better. Okay. So, you know, that’s really it. And I loved what [LB] Micah Parson said. He basically said, well, I expect him to be better at it. These guys are professionals who are going to go back, look at what they did wrong, get those things corrected, maybe do something a little different, but they’re going to, you know, you can’t expect them to be like that back to back to back at some point. They’re going to, because they’re pros and I just thought that’s very insightful from the young man.”

— Head Coach Ron Rivera on expecting different results against Dallas

The defense will have DE Casey Toohill (concussion protocol) back today as well as DT Daniel Wise who had a high ankle sprain. Wes Schweitzer from the O-line is out with a concussion. Still out, Chase Young recovers from his ACL knee surgery, and then you had the Week 1 season-ending injury to rookie DT Phidarian Mathis (meniscus), and that will continue to keep the D-Line thin.

The math for today is kind of simple with a win today the Commanders are back in the hunt and would be tied with the Cowboys.

ODDS: Washington is a +3.0 underdogs on the points spread after opening at +1.5 to +6.0 with the Over/Under at 41 points

GAME TIME: Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 1 p.m. ET

LOCATION: AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas

TV: FOX WTTG-5 in the DC market with Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, and sideline reporter Erin Andrews

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