Commanders rush for 150 yards
The New York Jets pass defense is exceptional. Their main problem on defense centers on stopping the run consistently. When planning his attack this weekend, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy needs to rely on his running game to stand any chance of success.
Brian Robinson Jr. might not feature for a second straight week due to injury, which complicates matters. This would leave the Washington Commanders relying on the tandem of Antonio Gibson and Chris Rodriguez Jr. at MetLife Stadium in Week 16.
Gibson's proven capable of shouldering a heavy workload throughout his career. If Robinson cannot participate, it's a task he'll be faced with for perhaps the final time in a Commanders' uniform before hitting free agency.
There's also been a lot to like about Rodriguez's gradual emergence over his rookie campaign. An ideal scenario would see Robinson become the lead running back over the last two games and for the player's encouraging campaign to finish on a high. If not, the Commanders boast two players who can pick up the slack and perhaps attain quality numbers if Bieniemy schemes things up correctly.
Setting the tone with 150 rushing yards takes the pressure off almost everybody. It's unlikely the Commanders are going to get blown out by the Jets' stagnant offense. This is another thing working in the running game's favor.