Commanders have to stand firm against Tyler Allgeier
It almost defies logic that a Washington Commanders defense littered with first-round draft picks up front is surrendering 4.8 yards per carry. The troubling stat provides worrying context ahead of facing an Atlanta Falcons offense able to boss teams in the running game.
That strength comes from a powerful and prolific backfield tandem.
Rookie Bijan Robinson is a star in the making the Commanders must contain, but Tyler Allgeier is also a major threat. Atlanta's fifth-round pick a year ago quietly put together a stunning debut campaign that ended with 1,035 rushing yards.
At 220 pounds, Allgeier can make hay between the tackles. Stuffing his efforts will require the things the Commanders are missing defensively. Namely, technique and discipline.
Stout run defense is about getting the basics right. Basics like manning gaps, reading fits and sure tackling.
The Commanders will need all of those things to keep Allgeier and Robinson in check, but Jack Del Rio can't forget about an unheralded pass-catcher.