Commanders can't let Darius Slayton stretch the field
Darius Slayton is grumbling his way through a disappointing campaign, but he's still the New York Giants' most productive wide receiver. He's amassed 337 receiving yards, including 13 yards per reception.
Slayton's also a deep threat who's burned the Washington Commanders in the past. The 26-year-old snagged six catches for 90 receiving yards when these two teams battled to a 20-20 tie last season, including a 55-yard grab which was an undoubted highlight from the clash.
The wideout has no trouble getting vertical, but his speed after the catch caused problems in Week 7. The wideout got loose for 22 yards on this play.
The Commanders can't give Slayton the room they afforded Seattle Seahawks' receivers D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett last time out. Rather than playing off coverage, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio should have his cornerbacks roll up and press the Giants' primary pass-catchers.
Challenging Tommy DeVito and a suspect supporting cast to beat man coverage is a contest Washington's defense ought to win every time.
However, the Giants' defense might keep them in this game if one edge-rusher continues to thrive against the Commanders.