Washington Football Team: 3 keys to beating the Chargers in Week 1

Football Team DEs Montez Sweat and Chase Young (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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1. Do not let Joey Bosa take over the game

The most important key for the Washington Football Team is to not let Joey Bosa change the complexion of the game. Bosa is one of the NFL’s best edge defenders. He is right up there with Khalil Mack, Myles Garrett and TJ Watt as the most respected edge rushers in the NFL.

He is tops in the league almost every year in pressures on the quarterback. He has one of the most refined pass-rushing tool belts. He has a counter-move to the offensive tackles counter-move.

Washington needs to have a detailed plan on how to slow down Joey Bosa. He will most likely line up against the rookie offensive tackle, Sam Cosmi. While the coaching staff rightfully has confidence in the former Longhorn, leaving him one-on-one to block Bosa in his first regular season NFL game is a recipe for disaster.

Ways in slowing down the effectiveness of Bosa is to always have a second line of defense or a way to “slow” Bosa down. This can be through chips via the running back or tight end, roll out passes away from Bosa and having most rushing attempts be away from Bosa.

Neutralize Bosa and make him as much of a non-threat as possible. If not, there could be another repeat of what Aaron Donald did to Washington in 2020 where he totaled four sacks. And every Washington fan saw first-hand how that went for the Football Team.

There are a select few of defensive players in the NFL that can wreck an NFL game: Joey Bosa is in that select few. He should be priority number one for offensive coordinator Scott Turner. Neutralize Joey Bosa, if Washington does not, it could be a long day for the Football Team.