Commanders must restrict Justin Fields
You have to have sympathy for the Washington Commanders' defensive line. The group is about to face a third running and throwing star quarterback in a row after having to deal with Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, followed by Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Justin Fields is no less of a threat based on the way he burned the Denver Broncos for 335 passing yards and four touchdowns. He's at his best throwing on the run, evidenced by this scoring pass to Khalil Herbert.
This level of escapability poses a problem for any defense. Especially one already guilty of surrendering 920 yards and six touchdowns through the air.
The Commanders aren't generating pressure when it counts. Nor are they maintaining rush discipline when going after roving quarterbacks.
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio needs to right the ship, so he must assign a spy to track Fields. Safety Kamren Curl, usually a sure tackler in the open field, is the best candidate. Deploying him in the box behind a five-man defensive line will deny the former Ohio State star avenues of escape.
Avoiding the kind of big plays that have plagued their defense recently is the best way for the Commanders to get maximum return from a game they'll be expected to dominate.