Commanders QB Sam Howell throws for 400 yards
Much like most within the Washington Commanders right now, Sam Howell's future beyond 2023 is uncertain. While the benefits of building around the quarterback are obvious, that's up in the air with a new coaching staff coming into the fold. People who'll have no emotional attachment to the signal caller.
Howell is a gunslinger. A risk taker. This fearless nature will be needed in no uncertain terms going up against the Los Angeles Rams' high-octane offense if the Commanders want to stand any chance of achieving an upset on the road.
One could make a case that Howell's performed better this season when there are relatively few expectations on the Commanders. He's also proved more than capable of matching the league's best stride for stride when the protection is adequate.
SoFi Stadium is a fast surface and the Rams can put up points in a hurry. With running back Brian Robinson Jr. missing the game through injury, there will be more onus on Howell to produce the goods in the passing game.
Eric Bieniemy will look to have a balanced attack initially. But if the game starts getting away from the Commanders, Howell's ability to get the football downfield quickly and with urgency becomes the No. 1 factor schematically.
A 400-passing-yard game seems unrealistic. If this contest turns into a shootout, it's a different story.