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The most terrifying pitfall for commanders to overcome in the 2024 NFL schedule

With the release of the schedules for all 32 NFL teams, teams like the Washington Commanders now know what to expect for the upcoming 2024 season.

All things will be new in Washington once the 2024 season begins. Well, most things will be new anyway, at least two of the most important things when it comes to rebuilding an NFL franchise: starting quarterback and head coach.

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will take over the reins of the Commanders, replacing Ron Rivera. He will be the first head coach hired under the new ownership group led by Josh Harris.

Harris gave Quinn and his new staff a wealth of opportunities to begin his tenure with the commanders. Washington entered their offseason with the most cap space of any team in the league, with just over $80 million. They also received the No. 2 overall pick after finishing last season with the second-worst record in the league at 4-13.

With their No. 2 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Commanders selected what they hope will be their future franchise quarterback in Jayden Daniels out of LSU.

To begin the new era in Commanders history, the team will begin their season like most on September 8. However, they will be on their way to face one of last year’s playoff teams in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Commanders face a tough start to the 2024 NFL season

Jayden Daniels and 2024 NFL Draft.
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According to Sharp Football Analysis, the Commanders fall close to the middle in terms of schedule at 13th. But remember, this is a team that will most likely start their season with a starting quarterback, which presents many challenges for offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who will be implementing a new offense. The scheme therefore has a completely different level of difficulty.

For starters, the Commanders will have to start their season with four of their first six games in a row. Two of those will be back-to-back on the road in Weeks 3 and 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football – their only of the two primetime games of the year – and then against the Arizona Cardinals.

Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles will likely throw a lot at Daniels in Week 1. But at least Daniels might get an easier matchup in their Week 2 home opener against the New York Giants.

The Cardinals are a bit of a question mark, but they’ve built their team well over the last few seasons, and Kyler Murray is coming back. However, it is after their trip to Arizona that things get the toughest.

The Commanders will face AFC North in 2024

The Commanders got to play in 2024 in what should still be the toughest division in the NFL, the AFC North. From weeks 3 through 6, they will face three of these teams. However, back-to-back games in Weeks 5 and 6 will be especially daunting for a team like Washington.

At least Week 5 will be at home, but against what was the league’s best total defense last year, the Cleveland Browns. Deshaun Watson should also be back as the starting quarterback. Next week, Washington will travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens, who not only ranked sixth in total defense last year, but also in offense. The Commanders won’t face the Pittsburgh Steelers until at least Week 10.

There will no doubt be a lot of issues as this new Commanders team tries to bring in everything from new coaches, players, systems and overall philosophy. Their schedule will test them early and often within the first two months of the season.

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