What bold changes must the Washington Commanders make heading into their Week 4 clash against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field?
Getting such a beatdown on home soil means the Washington Commanders will be hurting from a pride standpoint. It also means that everyone associated with the franchise should be looking to put things right in Week 4 during their tricky-looking trip to the Philadelphia Eagles.
This is one of the most intimidating places to go for a visiting team. The Eagles are also 3-0 after a great start to the campaign that cements their status as a frontrunner within the NFC once again.
Washington is a heavy underdog with sportsbooks around the country, and rightfully so. But they won at the Eagles last season and providing the right adjustments are made, should be able to hold their own in the face of high-caliber opposition.
With this in mind, here are four bold changes the Commanders must consider in Week 4 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Commanders should bench Cody Barton
Don't let the tackle stats fool you, Cody Barton is rapidly becoming a weak link on the Washington Commanders' defense. His coverage skills are non-existent, the linebacker's run fits are not up to the required standard, and he just looks uncomfortable despite playing in front of a stout defensive front.
This is a weakness the Philadelphia Eagles will identify during the preparations this week. It's also the exact reason why the Commanders should take Barton out of the firing line in favor of someone like Khaleke Hudson, who hasn't been involved much on the defensive rotation despite an exceptional preseason.
Philadelphia's running attack is potent despite letting Miles Sanders walk in free agency. If the Commanders move forward with Barton, it has the scope to cost them dearly.