What challenging tasks are facing the Washington Commanders during their winnable Week 11 home game against the New York Giants?
The time for half measures is over. If the Washington Commanders want to enhance their slim hopes of making a wildcard spot in 2023, they must put together a complete performance versus the New York Giants in Week 11.
Ron Rivera hasn't had a divisional win to speak of as yet this season. The Commanders put together two valiant efforts against the Philadelphia Eagles before coming up short, but their disastrous 14-7 loss to the G-Men at MetLife Stadium was arguably Washington's worst performance of the campaign.
That's something Washington has to put right this afternoon. They are 9.5-point favorites with most sportsbooks, but Rivera should know complacency cannot become an issue with many in the organization fighting for their futures beyond the current campaign.
With this in mind, here are three tough tasks the Commanders must accomplish in Week 11 at FedEx Field.
Commanders must disguise coverages
The New York Giants will be trotting out undrafted free agent Tommy DeVito at the quarterback position with Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor on the shelf. This represents a good opportunity to confuse the inexperienced signal-caller with disguised coverages.
Whether Jack Del Rio is capable of such feats is another matter. The defensive coordinator has been criticized for bland concepts and failing to make the most out of his dynamic weapons, which simply has to change versus a team the Washington Commanders are expected to dispose of with minimal fuss.
Making DeVito think twice with disguised coverage schemes will maximize the chances of making mistakes. And the Commanders have enough ball-hawks within the secondary to take advantage of any miscues.