Commanders defense played much better
The Washington Commanders' defense needed to make a statement in this one after getting beat down by the Chicago Bears a week ago. With the benching of rookie cornerback Emmanuel Forbes, they were able to generate three turnovers - a luxury Jack Del Rio's unit hasn't had in recent games.
In the fourth quarter, Benjamin St-Juste - who moved to the outside corner - intercepted a pass deep in the end-zone. Danny Johnson replaced Forbes and had a crucial pass breakup on fourth down.
This defense's objective coming into the season was to create more sacks and turnovers. It was mission objective on that front, but the Commanders still gave up 402 total yards and 296 passing yards to an Atlanta Falcons offense that is not exactly known for throwing the football.
The area that the Commanders showed up was the running game, allowing 106 rushing yards - conceding 3.7 per attempt. The game was physical, but when the time came to make big plays, everyone stepped up.
Three interceptions, three sacks, and a rousing effort to prevent a two-point conversion were just some examples from a much-improved afternoon at the office.
Washington's defense was good, not great, playing with more of a bend don't break mentality. With some potential injury worries heading into Week 7 at the New York Giants, it could provide another chance for the rotational guys to shine once again.