Commander Stat of the Week: Lots of turnover for Washington and the Broncos

Sam Howell will make his NFL away debut on Sunday against a team in similar circumstances to his own. The Denver Broncos, now led by coach Sean Payton, have cycled through nearly a dozen quarterbacks, multiple head coaches and multiple programs over the past seven years in search of stability and identity.

And they’re still looking for a chance for Washington (1-0) to get its first road win over the Broncos (0-1) in 22 years. But it won’t be easy.

Here’s what Week 1 revealed about the Commanders’ offense

Let’s take a look at the stats to get to know the Broncos.

24 different starting QBs

No two teams have had more turnover at quarterback in recent years than the Commanders and Broncos.

Since Peyton Manning retired in 2016, the Broncos have used 11 quarterbacks and running back Phillip Lindsay. (Lindsay opened Denver’s 2020 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Wildcat, and Kendall Hinton, a practice squad receiver, played the remainder of the game while the team’s four quarterbacks were ineligible due to coronavirus protocols.)

Washington has now gone through 13 starting quarterbacks in that span, and both teams’ turnover doesn’t end there. Combined, the Broncos and Commanders have had four controlling owners, nine head coaches (including interims), 12 offensive coordinators and eight defensive coordinators since ’16.

.627 home winning percentage

Despite the Broncos’ struggles in recent seasons, the stands at Empower Field at Mile High remain crowded, making for a difficult road environment. The higher altitude only adds to this.

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Denver has sold out 433 consecutive home games, an NFL record for a single city that dates back to the first week of the 1970 season. (It’s worth noting that event sellouts are determined by paid attendance and do not take no-shows into account.)

The Broncos are also one of seven teams with 300 home wins since their founding in 1960 and have the sixth-best home winning percentage in the NFL at .627 (300-178-7). Washington is 2-6 when facing the Broncos on home soil.

Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson hasn’t played as well as he did in Seattle since leaving the Seahawks in 2022. But his career is about to reach another milestone. With 33 rushing yards on Sunday, he becomes the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 40,000 passing yards and 5,000 rushing yards in his career.

Washington wanted Russell Wilson. Sam Howell wanted to play like him.

Howell has a chance to set his own dual-threat record. With a passing and rushing touchdown against the Broncos, he will become the first player to score a touchdown in his first three career games. Howell had a seven-yard touchdown pass to Brian Robinson Jr. and a six-yard touchdown run in Washington’s Week 1 win over the Arizona Cardinals. In his NFL debut against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 18 last season, Howell had a 16-yard touchdown pass to receiver Terry McLaurin and a nine-yard rushing touchdown. Commander Stat of the Week: Lots of turnover for Washington and the Broncos

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