What primary threats must the Washington Commanders contain to stand any chance of upsetting the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10?
Scraping past the struggling New England Patriots in Week 9 brought a feel-good factor back to the Washington Commanders' season. Week 10 presents a tougher challenge.
Namely, the high-powered Seattle Seahawks who feature a trio of dynamic skill players. These are led by wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, sure to test a Commanders defense rebuilding on the fly.
Trading defensive ends Chase Young and Montez Sweat put the onus on unheralded depth players like Casey Toohill and James Smith-Williams to pick up the slack. It wasn't quite mission accomplished against the Patriots, but Washington's defense was boosted by rookies Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin in the secondary.
Forbes and Martin will both need to be on point again this week to corral the Seahawks' terrific tandem on the perimeter. Starting with Metcalf's fellow wideout.
Commanders must be physical against Tyler Lockett
Tyler Lockett still has the knack for getting open inside the red zone, just like he did to beat the Detroit Lions in Week 2.
While Metcalf is the physical mismatch on the outside, Lockett has the kind of shifty speed and move skills that can strike from anywhere on the field. The 31-year-old has played 129 snaps in the slot this season and also seen 10 deep targets, per Player Profiler.
Disrupting Lockett's versatile game will take a handsy approach from Washington's defensive backs. It's imperative they jam Lockett coming out of his breaks and ruin the timing between the pass-catcher and quarterback Geno Smith.
It will be just as important for the front seven to stay physical against the Seahawks' primary rushing threat.