The Washington Commanders (7-7-1) are holding on to a half-game lead over the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Seattle Seahawks for the final wild-card berth in the NFC with two games left to play.
The first of these will be against the Cleveland Browns this coming Sunday, with the second likely to be a whole lot harder given that it’s against Super Bowl hopefuls, the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport has reported that head coach Ron Rivera is planning to start quarterback Carson Wentz on Sunday. The team has since confirmed as much.
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Rivera, who benched Taylor Heinicke for Wentz against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, said he would announce Sunday’s starting QB this Wednesday.
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“I just want to make sure I’m able to speak to everybody before I make a decision,” he noted on Tuesday. “I want to make sure I have all the thoughts and ideas and concepts. Again, at the end of the day, the decision is going to be made based on what I believe is best for us going forward and I think gives us the best opportunity right now.”
Wentz was placed on the injured reserve after suffering a broken finger in Week 6. Heinicke took over thereafter and has taken Washington to the brink of postseason qualification, but Rivera is going back to Wentz with hopes the 2017 Pro Bowl player could get them over the line.
The Commanders got off to a 2-4 start with Wentz this season. And Heinicke, who maintained the starting job even after the former’s return from injury, has helped push them toward playoff contention. Following losses in their last two games, however, Rivera is turning back to Wentz.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.