Commanders need double coverage for Cooper Kupp
Crowding Puka Nacua is one thing, but Ron Rivera needs to leave room for double coverage on Cooper Kupp. The latter isn't the force he once was, but the wideout is still quarterback Matthew Stafford's go-to target in crunch time.
Taking away No. 10 is never easy, but bracket coverage with a cornerback in press and a safety hovering over the top can work. Keeping Benjamin St-Juste over Kupp should be the start.
What Rivera can't do is try and get cute with his coverage, the way he did against Tyreek Hill two weeks ago. He is the NFL's premier deep threat, but the Washington Commanders head coach and defensive play-caller somehow thought it was a good idea to have only one deep safety, Kamren Curl.
Worse still, Rivera had No. 31 positioned away from Hill's side of the field. Predictably, the electrifying wideout got free for a 78-yard touchdown catch, per Next Gen Stats.
Kupp can't see a single look like this. Otherwise, the Commanders will endure similar hardship in the passing game at the hands of Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams.
It will also be about numbers when the Commanders attempt to contain the linchpin of the Rams' defense.