Commanders must restrict Drake London
It's taken a while, but Drake London is beginning to look like the wide receiver drafted with the No. 8 overall selection a year ago. The wide receiver is working out how to use his 6-foot-4, 213-pound frame to body defenders and make plays between the numbers and on the perimeter at the pro level.
He proved he can be an outside threat with this nifty catch against the Houston Texans.
Given how Washington Commanders' defensive backs are likely still having nightmares about letting D.J. Moore run wild for the Chicago Bears, the timing of London's emergence is less than ideal. He's a physical matchup who will require close attention from either Benjamin St-Juste or Kendall Fuller.
Keeping the Atlanta Falcons one-dimensional will be crucial for a struggling defense. If London and quarterback Desmond Ridder are allowed to get on track, the Commanders will experience more misery in a game they should win.
While the Commanders will focus on Atlanta's running game first, their own ground attack will only function if an aging but still effective defensive lineman is kept occupied at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.