Which Washington Commanders find themselves on the hot seat entering Week 5's primetime clash against the Chicago Bears?
The NFL is a fast-moving beast with real relentlessness during the regular season. This is something the Washington Commanders are about to find out as they take the field to kick off Week 5 on primetime against the winless Chicago Bears.
Looking at how the two teams are matched, this is a game the Commanders should win. Nothing is given, obviously, but an encouraging display at the Philadelphia Eagles is enough to suggest Ron Rivera's men have enough in their arsenal to get the job done against a franchise that looks destined for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Of course, coming off a short week in terms of recovery and preparation complicates matters. But this is all about the high character and increasing belief that's made the Commanders strong favorites to attain success in front of a sold-out crowd at FedEx Field.
But for some, the pressure to perform is evident. With this in mind, here are four Commanders who find themselves on the hot seat entering Week 5 versus the Bears.
We'll put them all together because it was a rough outing as expected versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Aside from Nick Gates and some nice flashes from Charles Leno Jr., the protection in front of Sam Howell was suspect - something that made the quarterback's performance all the more impressive in such a hostile environment.
The Chicago Bears bring a different challenge. They have two decent edge rushers and a prolific linebacker in Tremaine Edmunds, but this is a winnable matchup if certain weak links such as Andrew Wylie start living up to their contracts.
There have been some good moments through four games of the campaign, but the Commanders are still giving up too much pressure. Until this changes, it's always going to be a potential complication.