Broncos' Defensive Challenge: Stopping Commanders' Trio and Boosting Mathis 


Defensive Wake-Up Call 

After a close loss to the Raiders, the Broncos are under pressure to shore up their defense and secure a win in Week 2 against the Washington Commanders. 

Vulnerable Secondary 

Denver's biggest defensive concern is cornerback Damarri Mathis, who struggled in the season opener, allowing eight catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. 

Mathis' Confidence Journey 

Mathis showed promise in his rookie season but needs to regain his confidence after some rough games. Cornerback performance hinges on self-belief. 

Pass Rush Woes 

The Broncos failed to generate any significant pass rush in their opener, partially due to quick separation by receivers. Mathis must slow down opponents to give the pass rush a chance. 

Commanders' Trio 

The Commanders boast a formidable trio of pass catchers—Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Jahan Dotson—known for their route-running skills and versatility. 

Defensive Strategy 

Denver's focus against Washington revolves around containing these receivers, disrupting their routes, and giving their pass rushers more time to pressure Commanders' QB Sam Howell. 

Exploiting Offensive Line 

The Commanders' offensive line had issues protecting Howell in their opener, presenting an opportunity for the Broncos if their coverage can hold up. 

Eric Bieniemy Factor 

The Commanders' offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy, is familiar with Mathis from his Chiefs days. He will likely exploit Mathis' weaknesses, making the cornerback's performance pivotal. 

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