Denver Broncos vs Washington Commanders prediction and odds

The Denver Broncos will host the Washington Commanders in an intriguing matchup Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High. The Broncos will look to rebound after a narrow season-opening loss, while the Commanders are seeking their first 2-0 start since 2011.

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson scrambles with the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders
Sep 10, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles with the ball in the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA – Photo by Icon Sport

Denver Broncos vs Washington Commanders – game predictions

The Broncos are 3.5-point favorites with a total of 38.5 points. The point spread has remained fairly steady, with the lines not moving much from the opening numbers.

Prediction 1: Broncos -3.5 @ -110 (1.91)

The Broncos passing game will get a significant upgrade with the return of speedy wideout Jerry Jeudy. Denver was content to use the short passing game against the Raiders but came up short in a narrow loss. The Broncos have a 2-1 record vs the spread in their last three home games, but have lost three straight contests ATS as the favorite. Washington should be able to shut down Denver’s rushing attack, but Sean Payton’s offense should bounce back for a comfortable win over the Commanders.

Prediction 2: Brian Robinson Jr. Under 55.5 Rushing Yards @ -110 (1.91)

The former third-round running back rushed 19 times for 59 yards against the Cardinals. This week, he faces a stout Broncos run defense ranked second, limiting Josh Jacobs to 48 yards on 19 carries in Week 1. Although Robinson received nearly 80% of the Commanders’ backfield touches last week, he will have an uphill climb surpassing 55 yards on Sunday.

Denver Broncos vs Washington Commanders – Will the Broncos offense come alive?

The new-look Broncos’ offense tallied a measly 16 points in a season-opening loss to the Raiders. Last year, Denver scored 16 or fewer points in 11 of 17 regular season games. In a projected low-scoring matchup Sunday against a rejuvenated Washington defense, things look bleak for Wilson & Co.

Denver Broncos form, news and injuries

The Broncos’ offensive struggles continued in the season opener with only two plays of 20-plus yards. Wilson completed nearly 80% of 34 throws with two touchdowns but finished with just 177 passing yards. After sitting out last week with a hamstring injury, Jeudy will see his first action of the season on Sunday against the Commanders.

Denver Broncos injury report

OLB Frank Clark (Hip) – Out
TE Greg Dulcich (Hamstring) – Out

Washington Commanders form, news and injuries

The Commanders allowed six sacks and had three turnovers in an ugly win over the short-handed Cardinals. The running game fizzled, averaging three yards per rush on 25 carries. Former Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young will make his season debut after missing most of last season and Week 1 due to injuries.

Washington Commanders injury report

DB Jartavius Martin (Concussion) – Out

Denver Broncos vs Washington Commanders head to head record

The Broncos lead the all-time series, 8-7, and have won the last three meetings at home:

2021: Broncos won 17-10 in Denver
2017: Commanders won 27-11 in Washington
2013: Broncos won 45-21 in Denver
2009: Commanders won 27-17 in Washington
2005: Broncos won 21-19 in Denver

Key match details

• Date & Time: Sunday, September 17, 2023, 04:25 p.m. ET
• Venue: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
• Where to watch match in UK: Sky Sports (TV), fuboTV, or other live stream

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