The Washington Commanders had a plan for how they planned to contain Justin Jefferson, and it involved getting Benjamin St-Juste matched up against the star wideout as much as possible.
And of course, Jefferson had his moments, but for the most part, Rivera was pleased with the way St-Juste battled throughout the game.
"I thought he fought and battled his butt off and did the best he could and the truth of matter is we feel pretty comfortable and pretty good about him," head coach Ron Rivera said of St-Juste.
It should not come as a surprise that Rivera views Jefferson as a special player. He is second in the league with 867 yards, and he had seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown against the Commanders. Those numbers look like a phenomenal day for the former LSU Tiger, but take a closer look, and they tell a different story.
A chunk of Jefferson's production came during the Vikings' opening drive. Minnesota was able to move down the field so effectively because Jeffers got so open; he accounted for 48 of the team's 78 yards on four catches. From that point, Jefferson only made three catches, and most of his production came off a 47-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
Other than that, St-Juste did an admirable job of taking away Jefferson as an option. He deflected a pass in the second quarter that turned into an interception for Danny Johnson, and had it not been for a pass interference call, he would have had a pick six on a pass targeting Jefferson.
"We felt pretty good about Benjamin's opportunities and he made a couple of plays that helped us," Rivera said.
This week, St-Juste will have another tough challenge facing Eagles receiver A.J. Brown. Brown has more size and can be more physical than Jefferson, but if St-Juste continues to play at a high level, he should be up to the task.
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Commanders.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Benjamin St-Juste showing promise against Justin Jefferson.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras writes about the Commanders at the halfway point of the season.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes that self-inflicted wounds have stalled the Commanders' progress.
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen gives his hail or fail from last week's game against the Vikings.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras reflects on the Commanders' season at the midway point.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the promise St-Juste showed guarding Justin Jefferson.
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen looks at the highs and lows from the Commanders loss to the Vikings.
- The Washington Post's Tramel Raggs writes about the Vikings' win over the Commanders.
- The Washington Post's Michael Charles reports on the penalties and issue that Washington had against the Vikings.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about Taylor Heinicke failing to get it done against the Commanders.
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen gives four takeaways to the Commanders' loss to the Vikings.
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