Commanders Make Shocking Quarterback Change With Playoff Spot on the Line

Tyler Maher
The Washington Commanders are making a shocking change at quarterback in Week 17.
The Washington Commanders are making a shocking change at quarterback in Week 17. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Washington Commanders fans were probably hoping they'd seen the last of Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback. They were wrong.

With their playoff chances hanging in the balance, the Commanders are making a stunning move at quarterback in Week 17. Taylor Heinicke is out, and Wentz is back in.

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Wentz opened the season as Washington's starting QB but quickly lost the job after a string of rough performances, culminating in a brutal effort against the Chicago Bears in Week 6 where he threw for just 99 yards on Thursday Night Football. He suffered a fractured finger during the contest and was replaced by Heinicke, who promptly turned things around and got the Commanders back into the playoff hunt with his solid play.

Wentz returned in Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers and played well in relief of Heinicke, completing 12-of-16 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 37-20 defeat.

Now, with the 7-7-1 Commanders coming off back-to-back losses and facing a must-win game against the Cleveland Browns, Wentz will get the nod. He'll try to lead Washington to its first victory since Week 12 and improve upon his 2-4 record as a starter this year.

Commanders fans can only hold their breath and hope for the best. Wentz has shown flashes of being a good quarterback this year, so perhaps he'll come up big for them. It's hard to trust him in a critical game after he was at the center of the Indianapolis Colts' collapse last season, however.

Washington will have to hope that history doesn't repeat itself. The Commanders are currently favored by 1.5 points at home on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds, so apparently the oddsmakers have at least some confidence in Wentz.

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