What big problems must the Washington Commanders fix heading into their Thursday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Week 5?
Morale is pretty good across the Washington Commanders despite suffering two straight losses. While their thumping against the Buffalo Bills raised concerns, these were largely alleviated after pushing the Philadelphia Eagles to overtime in a defeat that could legitimately have gone either way.
This is a solid platform from which to build with some winnable games upcoming on the schedule. The Chicago Bears are first up on this stretch, which comes with an added incentive attached on primetime in front of yet another sold-out crowd at FedEx Field.
Complacency cannot become an issue going up against a winless team seemingly going nowhere fast. The Commanders are also not without certain areas that are in dire need of improvement before taking the field tomorrow night.
With this in mind, here are four big problems the Commanders must fix entering Week 5 versus the Bears.
Commanders punting issues
This is one of the biggest surprises of the campaign. Tress Way set an extremely high standard for the best part of a decade with the Washington Commanders, but these haven't been met so far and another poor punt in overtime at the Philadelphia Eagles gave quarterback Jalen Hurts the field position needed to get his team into field goal range.
While it hasn't been the best opening to the campaign for Way, he's experienced and talented enough to turn things around. Just how much the Commanders' coaching staff can help is debatable, but it might be worth altering special teams' coverage accordingly unless things improve.