Detroit Lions Washington Commanders Week 2 NFL Preview

Jeremy Brener covers the Washington Commanders for Commander Country. He answered five questions before the Commanders-Lions game at Ford Field on Sunday.

1.) What contributed to the Commanders victory in Week 1?

Jeremy Brener: The three best receivers have passed. Curtis Samuel had his best game for Washington by far, surpassing his receiving, yardage and touchdown totals from last season. Terry McLaurin scored a 49-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and rookie Jahan Dotson found the end zone twice, including a game-winning goal. Washington wides are some of the most underrated in the game, and that’s a huge improvement over what Wentz had to work with as a Colts quarterback.

2.) How do you see Carson Wentz attacking Detroit’s defense?

Brener: The same way he did against Jacksonville. Wentz will spread the wealth and try multiple ways to beat Detroit’s defense. There are practices where he goes nickel and dime his way down the field, but then there will be a deep ball or two when you least expect it.

3.) What are the strengths and weaknesses of the team?

Brener: Wide receivers, as mentioned above, are probably the team’s greatest strength right now. As for the weakness, I would say at this point it’s on the linebacker. Cole Holcomb led the charge at this position and he performed well. But, he’s had to deal with injuries this week, and if he has to sit out, there’s not much depth behind him.

4.) What matchups should you watch out for this week?

Brener: I think the biggest game has to be D’Andre Swift against the Washington defensive line. Swift is the heartbeat of the Lions offense, and Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne are on the other side of the trenches looking to stop her. I would say whoever wins this match wins the game.

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5.) How do you see the game going?

Brener: Based on how many offenses scored last week, I’d have to think we’re in store for a shootout. Much depends on Swift’s health and whether Wentz can handle football. But, if both work in each team’s favor, I like the Commanders in a 31-28 win.

Charles P. Patton