Here are some sneaky threats the Washington Commanders must guard against when they renew hostilities with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8.
There isn't much the Washington Commanders don't know about the Philadelphia Eagles. But there are still a few sneaky threats who could surprise familiar foes.
Julio Jones is among them. The seven-time Pro Bowler is joined by three members of the Eagles' rugged defense, including an underrated, high-motor pass-rusher.
Here are the sneaky threats that must be contained by the Commanders to stand any chance of winning at FedEx Field.
Commanders can't forget about Nicholas Morrow
The Commanders know they'll have their hands full with Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat, but Washington's offensive linemen also need a plan for Nicholas Morrow. He doesn't win with speed or power, but No. 41 boasts excellent timing on the blitz.
Morrow knows how to attack gaps in a hurry, bad news for Washington Commanders' quarterback Sam Howell, who has taken 40 sacks through seven games. Three of those takedowns were credited to Morrow when the Eagles and Commanders duked it out in Week 4.
Howell and the Commanders had trouble accounting for Morrow whenever the linebacker mugged the A-gaps in the first meeting. The scheme was highlighted by Ben Fennell of CBS Sports.
Keeping two tight ends on the field all day to help out on the edges is one way for offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to mitigate some of the damage Philadelphia's blitzing linebackers can create. Washington's line will be able to slide inside to pick up interior rushers.
As if Morrow isn't enough to worry about, the Commanders also need to focus on an unheralded big man in the middle.