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NFL Betting Preview: Denver Broncos vs. Washington Commanders

September 17, 2023


The 1-0 Washington Commanders travel to take on the 0-1 Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon in week 2 of the NFL season. Washington defeated the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 20-16 at home in week 1 while the Denver Broncos lost to the Las Vegas Raiders at home by a score of 16-17. 

Will the Commanders improve to 2-0 or will the Broncos bounce back from a loss in week 1? Let’s take a look at how these teams fared in week 1 of the NFL season.

The Washington Commanders enter this game with a record of 1-0 following a 20-16 win at home against the Arizona Cardinals while failing to cover the 7-point spread as a home favorite in week 1 of the NFL season. Washington scored 20 points while compiling 248 total yards offensively which included 202 passing yards and 92 rushing yards while allowing 16 points and 210 total yards defensively which included 132 passing yards and 96 rushing yards. 

Sam Howell led the team in passing, completing 19 of 31 attempts for 202 yards with one touchdown and an interception while rushing for 11 yards and a touchdown. Brian Robinson Jr. led the team in rushing with 19 carries for 59 yards while adding a reception for seven yards. Curtis Samuel led the team in receiving, catching all five targets for 54 yards.

Denver enters this game with a record of 0-1 following a 16-17 loss at home against the Las Vegas Raiders while failing to cover the 3-point spread as a home favorite in week 1 of the NFL season. The Broncos scored 16 points while compiling 260 total yards offensively which included 177 passing yards and 94 rushing yards while allowing 17 points and 261 total yards defensively which included 200 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. 

Russell Wilson led the team in passing, completing 27 of 34 attempts for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Javonte Williams led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 52 yards while adding four receptions for five yards. Samaje Perine led the team in receiving, catching all four targets for 37 yards.

BookMaker has the Denver Broncos listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Washington Commanders on Sunday afternoon in week 2 of the NFL season. Denver has won five of the last eight and two of the last three games in the series while going 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. 

Washington is 0-1 ATS overall this season after finishing last season with a record of 8-8-1 ATS overall, 4-4 ATS on the road, and 4-4-1 ATS as an underdog while the Denver Broncos are 0-1 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS at home, and 0-1 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last year with a record of 7-10 ATS overall, 3-5 ATS at home, and 1-7 ATS as a favorite.

Denver is the more talented team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning five of the last eight and two of the last three matchups. I look for that trend to continue in this game which is why I am taking the money line for the Denver Broncos at -188 on BookMaker for this matchup in week 2 of the NFL season.

Spooky Express Pick: Denver Broncos Money Line (-188)