The first quarterback to throw a regular-season pass with a Commanders helmet should be Carson Wentz, unless he’s injured or benched to start the year. Washington traded for the beleaguered pivot in early March and Wentz will play for his third team in three years. Washington opens its inaugural season under the new name as host of the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.
While FanDuel Sportsbook has the DC team as -4.5 favorite points against the Jags, you’ll need to flip the schedule to late October to circle Wentz’s first homecoming game. However, Carson may have thoughts of revenge after Jacksonville knocked out Wentz and the Colts in the final game of the 2021 season.
Washington Commanders @ Indianapolis Colts – Sunday, Oct. 30 at 4:25 p.m. ET
The former Colt will be in Indianapolis against a team and fanbase whose most recent memory is losing a win and playing in Jacksonville as a -14 point favorite. Wentz had an unforgettable performance with Indy’s playoff lives on the line. He threw a pick, lost a fumble and passed just 185 yards in the 26-11 loss. It was Jacksonville’s third win of the season.
The 2nd overall pick in the 2016 draft will also have a field view of his replacement on Halloween weekend, as Matt Ryan’s Colts quarterback costume will be authentic. The Falcons’ longtime QB was traded to Indy for a third-round pick and has the chance to make Indianapolis fans forget about Wentz.
Washington Commanders @ Philadelphia Eagles – Monday, Nov. 14 at 8:15 p.m. ET
Two weeks after returning to Indiana, Wentz will face a fan base that never forgives or forgets. The former Philadelphia football future is well aware of the situation ahead of him after requesting an out-of-town trade for Brotherly Love in 2021. Wentz commented on the NFL Network‘s 2022 Schedule Release.
“I’m sure the fans will eat this one, and it’ll be fun and make for a great story.”
Part of that prime-time storyline is teacher versus student as Wentz’s former understudy, and the man he was benched for, Jalen Hurts, will lead the Eagles offense. The Commanders pivot will see his former QB partner play twice in the NFC East as Washington hosts the Eagles in Week 3.
These two head-to-head encounters will have a huge bearing on the race for the division crown. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Carson Commanders third on the odds chart to capture the East. washington is at +450, while Philly +240 the odds are only longer than favorites Dallas Cowboys (+105).