Commanders must limit Khalil Herbert
The Chicago Bears ground game was supposed to stall after David Montgomery left town in the offseason. But Khalil Herbert has done a creditable job of picking up the slack.
Montgomery usually won with power between the tackles. Herbert pressures defenses sideline to sideline with a quicker step on outside runs.
Even though he boasts greater speed, Herbert can still run angry and bring the thump to would-be tacklers. He did both on this no-yield collision with the Denver Broncos defense.
The Washington Commanders' defense usually rolls down the shutters against the run when needed. But a 5-foot-9 tough and swift back averaging 4.8 yards per carry could stay low and scoot through enough gaps to keep this game close.
If Herbert gets going early, he'll also open up space for another member of the Bears' backfield to exploit. Something the Commanders could do without in pursuit of their third victory of the campaign.