Washington will be debuting their new name, the Commanders in week 1 as they welcome 2nd year QB Trevor Lawrence, who was pitted out to be a generational talent for the ages once he entered the league last season but could only manage to fall flat, mainly because of bad coaching decision from former Jaguars HC Urban Meyer, as well as an all-around negative environment around the team. The Commanders, who will be debuting a new starting QB, one that they hope will be their long-term answer for their passer conundrums in former Colts QB Carson Wentz, will be gunning for their elite defensive line, led by the likes of Chase Young, to show the Jaguars and the league what this new-look Washington team will be bringing to the table.
But going back in time for a bit, let’s take this matchup back a few years, to the last time both teams met. Just as a keynote, this last matchup happened while the now Commanders were still donning their traditional and controversial original name.
Week 14 of the 2018 season was the last time the Washington Commanders, formerly known as the Redskins played the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Washington scoring a sober but still important 16-13 win on the road in Florida. Back then we’re talking about a Commanders team led on offense by one Josh Johnson, who? Exactly. But not to be outdone, the Jaguars had Cody Kessler as their starting QB. Again, who? Exactly. Needless to say though, both teams did have two of the strongest running backs in Adrian Peterson, future hall of famer playing for Washington, while Leonard Fournette, now playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was starting out in the league with the Jaguars. But in all honesty, aside from that, we are talking about two teams that couldn’t rally up any true football emotions if their lives depended on it back then.
As the Jaguars and Commanders prepare for their week 1 matchup, a lot will be up to how Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence can bring to the table in his first true test of the season against one of the strongest and most finessed defensive lines in the NFC. If Lawrence and above all, his offensive line, cannot find a way to keep Young and the Commanders defense in place and without allowing any harsh moves that could damage the 2nd year QB, then this will be a definite win for the Commanders at home in their first ever game with a new name.
Jaguars vs Commanders Game Information
- Game: Jaguars vs Commanders
- Location: FedExField, Landover, MD
- Day/Time: Sunday, September 11, 1 p.m. ET
- Jaguars vs Commanders Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
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