Defensive line fulfills high expectations
Warpath|October 2020
It was the tip of the spear followed by the old guard. Washington’s defensive line lived up to expectations in its opener against Philadelphia. After the team allowed a quick 17 points, it shut down the Eagles the rest of the game while creating two interceptions for eventual touchdowns in the 27-17 victory.
Rick Snider


Veteran Ryan Kerrigan and rookie Chase young dominated in Washington’s game against the Eagles in week 1.

Chase Young dominated in his first career game. Ryan Kerrigan became the team’s official career sack leader. The line combined for seven sacks while opening the middle for a blitz by linebacker Jon Bostic that completely leveled Philadelphia passer Carson Wentz.

They came, dominated, and planted their flag. The days of consistently being shoved aside are passed.

The attention was on Young making his debut as the second overall pick last April. Aside from an offsides penalty, Young often dominated through his speed and strength. This is the player who likes a high tide raises everything around him. He made 1½ sacks as a constant backfield harasser.

“As advertised,” said Kerrigan of his new teammate.

But the admiration swung back from the rookie to the veteran who broke Dexter Manley’s official team record of 92 sacks. Unofficially, the NFL didn’t count individual sacks during Manley’s 1981 rookie season when he gained six so Kerrigan has the crown, but not the overall title. Yet, Kerrigan is now only five behind Manley’s overall number.

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