Commanders need quick action to stop Breece Hall
Members of the Washington Commanders' defensive front can't waste time playing on their side of the line of scrimmage if they're going to stop Breece Hall. He can beat defenses with speed on outside runs, so they need to slant and play downhill in a hurry.
It won't be easy against a running back who's averaged 4.2 yards per carry this season. Hall's acceleration is even a threat on runs up the gut, like when he breezed past the Denver Broncos for a 72-yard touchdown in Week 5.
Using some run blitzes early can create negative runs for Hall, but the Commanders can't ignore his threat as a receiver. He's caught 53 passes for 441 yards and can be lined up anywhere in the passing game.
The Commanders will need to use safety Kamren Curl to trail Hall whenever he's flexed out of the backfield. Locking the backfield threat in space could tip the scales for Curl to get a new contract.
Head coach Ron Rivera's defense also needs a similarly aggressive approach to stuff Hall's fellow rushing threat.