5 sneaky threats for the Commanders to worry about vs. Cardinals

The Commanders can't ignore these sneaky threats against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1.

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Commanders must contain Joshua Dobbs (QB)

Joshua Dobbs starting in place of Kyler Murray may look like a bonus for the Washington Commanders. But things could change if the Arizona Cardinals' new QB1 is given room to run.

Mobility is a key part of Dobbs' game. This is evidenced by his gaining 44 rushing yards on eight attempts for the Tennessee Titans last season.

Dobbs is likely to stay on the move at FedEx Field given Jonathan Gannon's experience with the Philadelphia Eagles and an offense built around Jalen Hurts' dual-threat skills. The former second-rounder gashed the Commanders for 48 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground in two games last season.

The Cardinals will have to keep Dobbs running if his primary receivers aren't available. It's also worth remembering that Zach Ertz and Hollywood Brown are both listed as questionable on the team's latest status report.

If the Cardinals are short-handed on offense, Dobbs' legs could be an equalizer against a tough but plodding Commanders' front seven. One member of that group, defensive end Montez Sweat, can dominate Arizona's first-round draft pick, right tackle Paris Johnson Jr., and take away running lanes.

Using linebacker Jamin Davis to spy on the quarterback when he tries to break the pocket would be the next step toward denying Dobbs room to escape.

Taking away all of the Cardinals' potential X-factors will make this a straight talent versus talent contest between both teams' primary starters. The Commanders win this game every time on those terms.