5 sneaky threats the Commanders should worry about vs. NY Giants in Week 11

A familiar wide receiver who thrives from the slot, along with two inside linebackers, are among the five sneaky threats...

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What sneaky threats must the Washington Commanders contain when they welcome the New York Giants to FedEx Field in Week 11?

There aren't many threats among the New York Giants that the Washington Commanders don't know about. But a few familiar faces could strike in different ways in Week 11.

Those familiar faces include wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who opened his scoring account during the blowout defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. He will have a tough time leading a depleted passing game, but there are a few more threats for the Commanders to worry about.

These start with an inside linebacker who's becoming a feature on the stat sheet.

Commanders must put hats on Micah McFadden

Not much has gone right for the New York Giants defensively, but Micah McFadden has been one of the few bright spots. He's been making plays to disrupt every phase of offenses.

McFadden has logged 60 tackles, as well as allowing a 66.7 completion percentage in coverage. He's also generated six pressures and half a sack after being sent on the blitz 36 times, per Pro Football Reference.

The third-year linebacker is seeing things quicker and getting downhill in a hurry. It's what McFadden did to stuff Christian McCaffrey for a loss against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3, a play highlighted by Empire Sports Media's Alex Wilson.

Tackles this clean are a rarity for McFadden, though. The 23-year-old has 14 missed tackles this season.

It's a weakness the Washington Commanders can exploit, provided offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy leans on the running game. Bieniemy hasn't trusted the ground attack much in recent weeks, but this is a game where Brian Robinson Jr. should be turned loose.

Getting the run going will demand controlling a veteran lineman with Super Bowl-winning experience.