Commanders can't let Dalvin Cook get going
It's been a trying season for Dalvin Cook, but the 28-year-old is still a four-time 1,000-yard rusher the Washington Commanders can't afford to let get on track. His pedigree makes it all the more surprising how little the New York Jets have used the veteran.
He's carried the ball a mere 67 times, but that could change this week. The Commanders are yielding 4.5 yards per attempt on the ground.
Most teams try to exploit the NFL's worst pass defense, but the Jets may not be so bold given their issues at quarterback. Those issues include Zach Wilson dealing with a concussion, leaving Trevor Siemian to start for the first time since Week 12 last season.
Expect the Jets to lean on Cook and Hall early and test Washington's ability to dominate the line of scrimmage. It means Rivera needs a big game from Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
Allen's due a big game and can't let himself be overshadowed by a hidden gem on the Jets' defensive front.