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Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras is a digital sports writer for the Washington Times, covering the Washington Capitals and whatever else is needed. Originally from Chicago, he attended DePaul University and was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The DePaulia. He had previous internships with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at

Articles by Matthew Paras

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons, center left, sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, center right, during a NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) **FILE**

No respite for Wentz, offensive line facing sack-happy Cowboys

Nick Martin called his brother this week and was quick to remind him of a certain stat. The Washington Commanders' newest center is siblings with All-Pro Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin, but more importantly, younger brother Nick is 2-0 against Zack when their teams face off head-to-head. Published September 29, 2022

Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) warms up before a NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Terry McLaurin’s stats look fine. That doesn’t tell the whole story.

Take a look at the weekend's box score and there's nothing to suggest the Washington Commanders are out of sync when it comes to utilizing a talent like Terry McLaurin. After all, the wide receiver caught six passes for 102 yards. But stats can be deceiving. Published September 28, 2022

Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura, of Japan, poses for a photograph during an NBA basketball media day, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wizards land in Japan for preseason trip

The Washington Wizards landed in Japan on Wednesday ahead of their two preseason games against the Golden State Warriors. Published September 28, 2022

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (97) pulls down Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz (11) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Eagles’ nine sacks bury the Wentz redemption tour in the FedEx dirt

He was booed on the first snap of the game. There were cheers after he was sacked a few plays later. Carson Wentz was technically starting on his home field, but it sure didn't sound like it. Not with the thousands of Eagles fans at FedEx Field to root against him. Published September 25, 2022

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) smiles during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. Trey Lance's season-ending injury has left the San Francisco 49ers in a familiar spot with Jimmy Garoppolo back as the starting quarterback. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Commanders almost traded for Jimmy Garoppolo: report

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Commanders were close to finalizing a deal with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo earlier in the offseason, but the signal-caller elected to undergo shoulder surgery -- causing Washington to back out of the trade. Published September 25, 2022

Washington Commanders receiver Terry McLaurin (17) celebrates a 49-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field, Landover, MD, September 11, 2022. (Photo by Brian Murphy) **FILE**

Commanders reduce FedEx Field capacity again

The Washington Commanders are expecting a near sellout for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. But that will be a different number than in previous years. Published September 22, 2022

A billboard along Interstate 95 in Philadelphia sends a warning shot to Washington Commanders and former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. (Photo courtesy of Vince Rizzuto, Philly Sports Trips)

‘Coming for you Carson’: Eagles fans set to invade FedEx Field, boo Wentz

Eagles fans will be at the stadium to boo, taunt and cheer against Carson Wentz, Washington's quarterback who spent his first five seasons with Philadelphia -- where the signal-caller went from a beloved icon to being so ridiculed that diehards were hardly sad when Wentz's trade request was granted following the 2020 season. Published September 22, 2022

Washington Commanders center Chase Roullier (73) is taken out of the field for injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

Reports: Chase Roullier feared to have serious knee injury

Washington Commanders center Chase Roullier suffered a knee injury in Sunday's 36-27 loss to the Detroit Lions, and according to multiple reports, there are concerns that it could cost him his season. Published September 19, 2022

Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) runs after making a catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

Rivera laments explosive plays, blaming individual mistakes rather than scheme

There were six plays, in particular, that seemed to really bother Commanders coach Ron Rivera from Sunday's 36-27 loss to the Detroit Lions. All six went for more than 20 yards, and half of those went for at least 49. He told reporters Monday that the errors boiled down to individual mistakes, rather than an entire group or scheme. Published September 19, 2022