3 players the Commanders must keep quiet vs. Eagles in Week 8

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Commanders need a plan for Dallas Goedert

Keeping tight ends under wraps has been a major problem for the Washington Commanders. Darren Waller burned them for the New York Giants, one week after Kyle Pitts and Jonnu Smith both found pay-dirt when Ron Rivera's squad beat the Atlanta Falcons.

That's hardly the ideal preparation for facing Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert. No. 88 is a useful playmaker who beat the Miami Dolphins defense for five catches, 77 receiving yards, and this long touchdown on Sunday Night Football.

Goedert possesses deceptive quicks and the 6-foot-5, 256-pounder is a load to bring down in the open field. The Commanders need the right matchup to make life uncomfortable at the line of scrimmage, that's about the only thing they can do to prevent him from influencing matters.

Jack Del Rio ought to consider using edge-rusher Casey Toohill to jam and hit Goedert on running downs, before turning the job over to Khaleke Hudson in passing situations.

Hudson is a linebacker with the tendencies of a safety. Therefore, he'll be able to move with Goedert in space and hopefully not lose many physical battles.

Winning one-on-one scraps will be tougher for a sieve-like offensive line expected to contain an underrated pass-rusher.