Washington Football Team: Five bold predictions vs. Giants in Week 9
4. Chase Young, Montez Sweat each post multiple sacks
When Washington last played the Giants, they had a grand total of one sack on Daniel Jones. They are the only team this season to fail to get to Jones more than once in a single game.
That absolutely cannot happen again. The best way to beat the Giants’ offense is to get pressure on them. Ron Rivera knows that. Jack Del Rio knows that. And the Washington players know that too.
With that said, there’s going to be an increased emphasis placed on getting to the quarterback (or at least there should be). If Washington is going to succeed in this area, they’ll need Chase Young and Montez Sweat to respond, and the talented young edge rush duo should have a good chance to do that.
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While Young was getting a lot of hype in the lead up to the season, Sweat has actually been the more productive of the two, generating five sacks and a ton of pressure on the year. Part of the reason for that is that teams haven’t been able to focus on his as much because of Young’s presence, so it’s safe to say that these two players are in a mutually beneficial situation.
On Sunday, they’ll have a chance to attack No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas, who has had a rocky start to his NFL career, and Cameron Fleming, a journeyman, at the two tackle spots. After losing this battle just a few weeks ago, Young and Sweat will have learned more tips and tricks about how to beat their opponents, so they’ll have a chance to get plenty of pressure.
By the end of the day, don’t be surprised to see both Young and Sweat log multiple sacks. If the team is going to win on the defensive side of the ball, the two need to show up in a big way. They know that, so they will be ready to produce as a result.