Commanders defense got a wake-up call
The Washington Commanders' defense was cooked by quarterback Josh Allen in Week 3. The front four did not record one sack against the signal-caller and only hit him once, which was pathetic given the talent at their disposal.
The Commanders' defensive front is one of the league's best units with four first-round draft picks. But it still seems outmatched and outclassed by a superior team and this must change quickly.
This defense still struggles with mobile quarterbacks. With Jalen Hurts up next, it could be another long day unless adjustments are made by defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in the coming days.
Each time the defense pressed Allen, he found a way to move out of the pocket. This resulted in positive yardage running the football or finding an open man downfield.
Buffalo's wide receivers were also making the secondary look bad. Gabe Davis and Stefon Diggs did whatever they wanted and managed to come up with the goods in crucial situations consistently.
That is because the defensive line and edge rushers could never generate pressure, allowing linebackers and cornerbacks to be out of position. If you are playing elite teams, your pass-rushing options need to come up huge, which didn't happen at any stage.
Washington's defense isn't why they lost the game. However, their lack of production was a huge factor in the overall outcome.
Next week will be another measuring stick going against the reigning NFC conference champions. All aspects of the Commanders need to show up. If not, one cannot expect anything other than the same result.