Two running backs and a disruptive defensive tackle are among the sneaky threats the Washington Commanders should worry about against the Buffalo Bills.
Stopping Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs is usually the key to beating the Buffalo Bills. Yet, the dynamic quarterback and wide receiver duo aren't the only threats the Washington Commanders need to be wary of in Week 3.
The Bills' sneaky-good playmakers include a clutch tight end and an active, savvy defensive tackle. But Washington's immediate problem will be handling a pair of tough running backs.
Commanders must contain James Cook
A one-dimensional offense has cost the Bills at key moments during recent seasons, but James Cook is doing his bit to add balance. The second-year running back is averaging 5.8 yards a carry and battered his way to eight first downs through two weeks.
Cook can mix it between the tackles, but he's also a patient runner with the vision and acceleration to suddenly break off big gains on the outside. The Washington Commanders' front seven needs to set hard edges and take away his cutback lanes.
Those aren't things the Commanders have managed too often this offseason. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio's unit has surrendered 4.5 yards per rush and 14 first downs on the ground.
Letting Cook be this productive will make it easier for Allen and Diggs to dissect Washington's defense in choice moments. To compound the problem, Cook isn't the only runner the Commanders have to stop.