Analysis | The best and the worst of Ron Rivera’s four seasons in Washington

“We can be eliminated?”: There are plenty of choices. Washington was favored by three or more points 12 times under Rivera and went 5-7 in those games. But the worst loss was Cleveland at home in Week 17 of 2022.

In early December, Washington was 7-5, on track for a playoff berth, and then it collapsed down the stretch. Rivera benched Heinicke for Wentz, saying he wanted “a little bit of a spark,” and Wentz crumbled. Cleveland — which was already eliminated from playoff contention — eliminated the Commanders. Rivera had one of his most infamous gaffes in the postgame news conference when he said, apparently unaware, “We can be eliminated?”

Honorable mentions: vs. Chicago 2023, vs. New York Giants 2023, vs. Giants 2022, at Dallas 2021

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