What sneaky threats must the Washington Commanders worry about when they take on the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field?
The Seattle Seahawks have some supreme talent. It'll be tough for the Washington Commanders - especially on the road in one of the league's loudest environments - but confidence should be high after their hard-fought victory at the New England Patriots to keep slim wildcard hopes alive.
Jaxson Smith-Njigba is one of three members of Seattle's prolific wide receiver room that Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio needs to make special plans to stop. The others include a running back earning a bigger workload in recent weeks, along with an underrated tight end.
Let's take a look at five sneaky threats the Commanders must contain to stand any chance of winning in Week 10.
Commanders must contain Zach Charbonnet
Kenneth Walker III is the dynamic playmaker in the Seahawks' backfield, but his tendency to freelance has earned Zach Charbonnet more carries recently. The 22-year-old has outsnapped his running back teammate for two straight games, according to Sharp Football Analysis.
Charbonnet isn't as sudden as Walker, but the rookie is more of a bruiser. He runs with power and finishes violently, like for this touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.
Letting Charbonnet get on track will provide the Seahawks the balance they need to control the clock and work over Jack Del Rio's defense on long drives. The Washington Commanders' defensive play-caller can use more five-man fronts in running situations, putting John Ridgeway in between Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen to occupy double teams and fill every gap up front.
Seattle's offensive line will be overwhelmed by three defensive tackles, even if a tight end who's a capable blocker helps out along the trenches.