What sneaky threats must the Washington Commanders restruct to justify favoritism against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football?
The 0-4 Chicago Bears may look like a pushover. But this struggling team houses some threats who could catch the Washington Commanders cold in Week 5.
Beware of gifts from the scheduling Gods. The refrain applies to the Commanders ahead of hosting the winless Bears on Thursday Night Football. It's a game Ron Rivera's men should win comfortably, but things will become decidedly uncomfortable if the home side fails to account for the following hidden gems, starting with a useful pass-catcher.
Commanders must contain Cole Kmet
With 18 catches to his credit already, Cole Kmet shouldn't stay hidden for long. Yet, the Washington Commanders could be forgiven for focusing their game plan on corralling dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields and speedy wide receivers D.J. Moore and Darnell Mooney.
That swift trio forms the logical starting point for Jack Del Rio's strategy. But the defensive coordinator will overlook Kmet at his peril given that No. 85 is a big-bodied safety valve for Fields between the numbers.
Kmet is also a clutch target in the red zone, a talent he showed off by snatching this touchdown against the Denver Broncos in Week 4.
Containing Kmet won't be easy for a Commanders' defense lacking elite athleticism at linebacker. If there's one silver lining, it's how third-year-pro Jamin Davis has "shown true growth and development" through four games, according to Mark Bullock of Bullock's Film Room.
Davis will need to continue to impress. But he's unlikely to be as involved as one particular linebacker in a Bears uniform.