What sneaky threats must the Washington Commanders contain in their pursuit of a much-needed victory against the New York Jets in Week 16?
There's no Aaron Rodgers for the Washington Commanders to worry about in Week 16. The visitors to MetLife Stadium can focus on shutting down the New York Jets running game instead.
That will mean keeping Breece Hall in check. He's a dual-threat playmaker out of the backfield who's ably supported by four-time Pro Bowl veteran Dalvin Cook.
The latter isn't the only former member of the Minnesota Vikings the Commanders should worry about.
Khaleke Hudson should matchup with Tyler Conklin
Tyler Conklin is an under-the-radar target who can move the chains for an otherwise pedestrian Jets' passing game. The tight end has snatched 50 receptions and turned 22 of those grabs into first downs this season.
The 28-year-old is a typical "move" tight end, meaning he's essentially a big-bodied slot receiver. While Conklin is not as dynamic as other tight ends in this mold - marquee talents like Travis Kelce and T.J. Hockenson - he's still capable enough to get behind coverage and make big plays.
Putting Khaleke Hudson over Conklin is the key to containing the tight end. The linebacker is another of those hybrid types who helps the Washington Commanders blur the lines between base defense and nickel packages.
Hudson's athletic enough to handle the physical challenge posed by 245-pounder Conklin, while also having the speed to stay with him in space.
Speed is the primary concern posed by another of the Jets' skill players.