2023 NFL Power Rankings: Washington Commanders

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Washington Commanders in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Player: DE Montez Sweat
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

Sweat and fellow end Chase Young will be free agents after the season. But Washington has made it clear the Commanders would like to extend Sweat, playing on his fifth-year option, at some point. Any movement toward an extension, though, was slowed by the ownership change with the group having more urgent matters to focus on. Sweat has been a terrific edge run defender, but his highest sack total is nine. However, through two games this season, Sweat has two sacks and two forced fumbles. He's learning from assistant line coach Ryan Kerrigan, the franchise's all-time sack leader. "RK has been helping him to finish at the top of the rush," said defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina. "He's doing a hell of a job doing it." -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 19

The Commanders are 2-0 for the first time in a dozen years. Coming back from down 18 on the road and going on a 32-6 scoring run are pretty positive signs; Sunday's win over Denver was far more impressive than the smaller comeback against the lesser Cardinals at home in Week 1. Washington has played better in the second halves of games than in the first. That pattern might work against Arizona and Denver, but will it stand up against the Bills in Week 3? What gives the Commanders a chance is the play of Sam Howell. Kid has some guts, doesn't he? After some empty series early, he was battered around, but Howell was dialed in down the stretch, confidently leading five scoring drives in the final 32 minutes.

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2023 NFL Predictions: NFC East

Before the start of the season, we will post NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, we've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totaled them up.

The four NFC East teams are projected to win the third-most games combined as a division, but the most out of the four NFC divisions, in our 2023 full-season projections.

See where the Commanders stand in our 2023 NFC East Predictions

2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Washington Commanders

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Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Washington Commanders.

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Sam Howell511.8319.9368520.7314.5978.9303.82.37245.74
Jacoby Brissett44.528307.11.60.7312.3480.4324.6

Sam Howell: Slipping to the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Howell started the season finale and enters 2023 as Washington's starter. Howell completed only 11-of-19 pass attempts for 169 yards (8.9 Y/A), a touchdown and an interception in his lone regular-season start, but he also ran for 35 yards and a touchdown on five carries. With a talented receiving corps, a new offensive coordinator and some mobility, Howell has a chance to deliver better-than-expected results in 2023.

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Washington Commanders: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Washington Commanders in 2023.

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WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Sun., Sep. 10vs. Arizona Cardinals1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17at Denver Broncos4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24vs. Buffalo Bills1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1at Philadelphia Eagles1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 5Thu., Oct. 5vs. Chicago Bears8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 7Sun., Oct. 22at New York Giants1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29vs. Philadelphia Eagles1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5at New England Patriots1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12at Seattle Seahawks4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 11Sun., Nov. 19vs. New York Giants1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 12Thu., Nov. 23at Dallas Cowboys4:30 PM / Tickets
Week 13Sun., Dec. 3vs. Miami Dolphins1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 14BYE
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17at Los Angeles Rams4:05 PM / Tickets
Week 16Sun., Dec. 24at New York Jets1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31vs. San Francisco 49ers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7vs. Dallas CowboysTBD / Tickets

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Washington Commanders Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Washington Commanders Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Washington Commanders from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Washington Commanders:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (5/9)

6. Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Verse excelled following his jump from FCS-level Albany to Florida State, but he has an opportunity to boost his draft stock even further after his return to Tallahassee. He has an explosive first step and finished his first season as a Seminole with 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks. The Commanders declined to exercise the fifth-year option for Chase Young.

CBS Sports - Josh Edwards (5/8)

5. Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas

If Washington is picking No. 5 overall, then one would think the Sam Howell experiment did not go well. The Commanders will not pass on a quarterback in that scenario.

ESPN - Todd McShay (5/4)

TRADE - 3. Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Maye is 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and has a massive arm. Not only did he throw 38 touchdown passes last season, but he also ran for seven scores and almost 700 yards. Washington might be comfortable with Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett at the moment, but the former is a fifth-round pick with one career start, and the latter is a 30-year-old veteran backup on a one-year deal. I understand the Commanders passing on quarterback down the board at No. 16 in 2023, but if they have a chance to get someone like Maye next April, it could change things for the franchise. Washington was outside the top 20 in nearly every passing metric last season.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (5/2)

6. Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas

Only a redshirt sophomore (plus he skipped his senior year of high school), Ewers is still very young in several areas. But he has the top-shelf arm talent to make wow plays look routine. If the mental development catches up to his physical skills, Ewers will be an easy top-10 pick.

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Washington Commanders - 2023 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2023 NFL Draft picks selected by the Washington Commanders.

116Emmanuel ForbesCBMississippi State
247Jartavius MartinCBIllinois
397Ricky StrombergCArkansas
4118Braeden DanielsOTUtah
5137K.J. HenryEDGEClemson
6193Chris Rodriguez Jr.RBKentucky
7233Andre Jones Jr.EDGELouisiana

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