Commanders need brawn to stop D.K. Metcalf
Emmanuel Forbes acquitted himself well against the New England Patriots, putting his benching earlier this season firmly in the rearview mirror. Yet, the Washington Commanders' top pick isn't the right matchup to combat D.K. Metcalf.
Receivers were pushing Forbes all over the field during the season's opening weeks. It's reasonable to expect 6-foot-4, 235-pounder Metcalf would do the same, so the Commanders need to put their brawn over No. 14.
Enter Benjamin St-Juste, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound cornerback playing some of his best football in 2023. He is leading the NFL in "forced incompletions," according to PFF Commanders.
Using St-Juste to shadow Metcalf is the best way to shut down the Seattle Seahawks' best receiver. Especially if Metcalf is less than 100 percent. He didn't practice on Thursday because of a hip injury, but there's no indication the Pro Bowler won't be ready to go Sunday.
Shutting down the Seahawks' triplets will ease the pressure on Commanders quarterback Sam Howell. If he can avoid a shootout with Geno Smith, the promising signal-caller should make enough plays to secure another worthy win on the road.