Emmanuel Forbes, a rookie for the Commanders, is eager to face the lions in the upcoming season, but he may want to exercise caution.

The NFC East needs to be terrified. In preparation for another Super Bowl run, the Philadelphia Eagles have been stealthily stockpiling weapons throughout the offseason and during the draft, and their divisional rivals may suffer the most in 2023.

Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and each of their talented teams have what it takes to compete with the Birds, but what about the Washington Commanders? They have virtually no chance.

The secret sauce for Jimmy Butler

It’s hard to remember after all the accolades and monster performances, but once upon a time, Butler was a 22-year-old rookie averaging 2.6 points per game. He’s a self-made superstar in every sense of the word. Nothing has ever come easy for him. He’s had to work his butt off to be recognized next to the game’s elite.

And while it is always easier to be naturally gifted, Butler’s rags to riches tail gives him a leg up over many of his peers. His countless trials and tribulations have groomed him into a master of capitalizing on micro-advantages.

The seven-game format of the playoffs affords defenses the opportunity to narrowly tailor their game plan to their specific opponent. These game plans often call for sophisticated schemes intended to make life more difficult for the opposing team’s best players. Opportunities for clean scoring chances become scarce. To be clear, they still exist, but they are far harder to pick out.