Commanders Win First Game Of New Era, Beat Jaguars 28-22

September 11, 2022

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Commanders played Sunday afternoon in the opening game of the season for both. Let’s take a look at how things worked out.

The Washington Commanders were able to play through adversity, injuries, and mistakes to be able to tough out a much-needed win Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

Commanders Beat Jaguars 28-22

Months after rebranding the franchise with tons of pushback from their rather large fanbase, Washington was able to kick off the new ear of Commanders football with a victory over an up-and-coming Jacksonville Jaguars team.

The biggest stat of the day was defensive third downs where Washington was able to keep Jacksonville from converting on nine of twelve attempts. Which was better than the team was able to do in any single game last season.

The offense started out with a bang scoring on their first two drives before hitting a bit of a drought after that as Jacksonville scored 19 straight points.

The three turnovers almost did the Commanders in after Curtis Samuels fumbled on a good play by Jacksonville’s defense, and then Carson Wentz tossed a pair of interceptions. The first pick was just a case of Wentz staring down his receiver, and getting caught in the act. On the second one, he never saw Travon Walker until after he let go of the ball.

Washington had to deal with some injuries as Phidarian Mathis left the game with a knee injury, Bobby McCain missed some time, and team captain and leader Jonathan Allen went out late in the fourth and did not return. Daron Payne stepped up in Allen’s absence proving two batted balls and a sack.

Antonio Gibson had 21 touches for 130 yards, and most importantly, no fumbles.

Wentz ended the day 27 for 41 with 313 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions on the day. The two touchdown passes he threw late in the game after his two interceptions were beautiful and showed he can bounce back after mistakes.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence looked good on the day, despite being pressured for most of it, but tossed up a wounded duck that Darrick Forrest happily grabbed. The interception proved to be the deciding factor in the game.