Commanders should adopt more 5-man defensive fronts
One of the New York Giants' biggest flaws through their opening six games is the offensive line. This group is not performing to the standards attained in 2022 and upon examining the film, is something the Washington Commanders should identify as an area to exploit.
The defensive front looked more like its old self in Week 6. They also got help from rotational pieces such as Casey Toohil, who gained two sacks from limited involvement in the pursuit of more playing time.
The return of Efe Obada is also a boost and John Ridgeway came up with a big play or two en route to a hard-fought triumph. For the same trend to continue, the Commanders might want to adopt more five-man defensive fronts at the Giants this weekend.
Washington's rotational pieces have the scope to make a difference. If the Commanders decide to go man for man in the trenches with more frequency, they can get the better of their divisional opponents more often than not despite the obvious assistance that the protection could receive from tight ends.
Andrew Thomas' status for the game is in doubt, which would be great news for the Commanders. Right tackle Evan Neal is going through a sophomore slump currently, so Montez Sweat and Chase Young will be salivating at the chance to get the former Alabama stud to themselves with four other linemen clogging up bodies in this scenario.
It has to be deployed at the right times, obviously. But the benefits are there for all to see.
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