1. Travis Kelce vs ???
Seems like a fair question, no? Is it gonna be Cole Holcomb, who gave up multiple first downs and 70 yards in coverage (per PFF) against a middling Saints receiving/tight end arsenal in Week 5? That’s asking for trouble.
Washington actually hasn’t gotten burned by tight ends this season. If we’re being honest, though, that can be attributed to opposing quarterbacks not having to find their security blankets against the Football Team’s secondary, which has been the gift that keeps on giving for receivers.
Furthermore, Washington hasn’t faced any upper-echelon tight ends this year. Sure, they played Kyle Pitts in Week 4, but Atlanta didn’t feature him heavily until Week 5 against the Jets when he erupted for a 9-119-1 line.
That’ll change significantly this weekend, as Travis Kelce is well on his way to becoming the most accomplished TE in league history.
Kelce is the most fearsome red zone threat the NFL has to offer and we’d argue he’s Patrick Mahomes’ favorite target. After all, he finished second in receiving yards and fifth in both catches and touchdowns last season.
Kelce’s gotten off to a slow start (for his standards) this year, but he’s poised to carve open the middle of Washington’s defense. So, who’s it gonna be? Landon Collins matches up well physically, but he’s inept in coverage.
Almost every cornerback on the roster is out-matched physically, so it’ll be interesting to see how Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio scheme to slow down future first-ballot Hall of Famer … if that’s even possible.