Commanders must chip Byron Young
Consider Byron Young yet another find from the Los Angeles Rams' awesome 2023 draft class. The third-round pick leads the team with six sacks and is developing into a consistent force off the edge.
Young already knows how to set up offensive tackles with smart use of hands. He can also get around the corner with pure athleticism, the way he did for this strip-sack against Joshua Dobbs and the Arizona Cardinals, highlighted by Pro Football Journal.
Young is a talent, but he benefits from the havoc Aaron Donald and Kobie Turner create inside. Stopping the latter pair should be Eric Bieniemy's priority, but he won't want the edge talent getting too many one-on-one matchups against left tackle Charles Leno Jr.
Leno will need help from a running back willing to chip Young. Antonio Gibson must lend a helping hand, but putting a tight end like John Bates in the backfield would also make sense.
The Rams have a big-play defense capable of making this game ugly for the Commanders. Yet, there are enough holes in the unit for Sam Howell and his receivers to profit if primary pass-rushers are kept in check.