Commanders need gap discipline vs. Kenneth Walker III
Kenneth Walker III might be the most underrated running back in the NFL. A safety-sized ball-carrier with legitimate breakaway speed, he can make hay between the tackles and around the corner.
No. 9 showcased his ability to stretch the field with this 45-yard run against the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago.
It was a nice cutback run, but Walker accelerated once he went north-south. A common problem in his game has been going off script, something the Washington Commanders can force by putting a hat in every gap.
Forcing Walker to freelance will lead to negative plays. The Commanders need to create more of those after letting the New England Patriots amass 107 yards on the ground. Fortunately, 64 of those yards came on one touchdown run by Rhamondre Stevenson.
Eliminating the big play by Walker will help the Commanders' revamped defensive line control the Seahawks up front. It will be a different story on the back end, though, where they need the right matchup for D.K. Metcalf.