1. Commanders run defense is improving
The Commanders offense returning to form — or at least resembling an NFL offense — will be huge in this matchup, but nothing will be more pivotal to the game’s outcomes than how Washington’s defense fares against Derrick Henry.
It’s no secret that the Titans’ offense runs through Henry. The two-time rushing champ was stymied in the first two games. You’ll be surprised to hear Tennessee lost those contests. However, Henry got back on track in Weeks 4 and 5, compiling 199 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry.
It’s as simple as this: limit Henry’s impact and you should be in a position to beat the Titans. Let the two-time Pro Bowler find a rhythm and Tennessee will control the time of possession battle and Henry’s success will set up play action.
If the Commanders can force Ryan Tannehill to beat them, they should (emphasis on should) emerge victorious in this game. Tennessee’s receivers don’t scare anyone, and first-round pick Treylon Burks won’t play due to turf doe. That leaves Robert Woods. No other Titans wideout has more than five catches.
It’s easier said than done, obviously, but the recipe for a W is staring Washington right in the face. This is a favorable matchup. Time to turn the season around.