The Washington Commanders can settle a score by beating the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Week 11, provided they keep the following players quiet.
Losing 14-7 at MetLife Stadium in Week 7 was arguably the low point for the Washington Commanders so far this season. It gave them the dubious distinction of being one of only two teams beaten by a New York Giants outfit in disarray thanks to injuries, coaching mishaps, and bizarre personnel decisions.
Evening 2023's series against their NFC East rivals shouldn't be beyond the Commanders. Not when the Giants are beset by a lengthy injury list and led by undrafted free agent Tommy DeVito at quarterback.
To meet the expectations of sportsbooks around the country, the Commanders must keep these three players quiet in Week 11.
Commanders can pressure Tommy DeVito into mistakes
Trading defensive ends Chase Young and Montez Sweat has forced the Commanders to manufacture a pass rush. Head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio have so far answered the call, even if their pressure calls didn't always bear fruit during Week 10's defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.
Things should be different against Tommy DeVito. The out-of-his-depth rookie has made just one career start in the pros, a 49-17 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys.
DeVito was sacked five times and threw a pick in Dallas. The Commanders don't have a stud edge-rusher like All-Pro Micah Parsons to collapse the pocket, but blitzing players from the secondary should force DeVito into taking more than a few sacks.
This pressure against the Seahawks, highlighted by the host of the Burgundy Zone podcast, created a free rush lane for safety Kamren Curl.
Overwhelming an inexperienced signal-caller, as well as an injury-hit New York Giants offensive line, is the key to a comfortable victory for the Commanders. If DeVito does get time to throw, Washington can't let him connect with a familiar deep threat.