The Washington Football Team is 1-1. That’s all that matters. Were they an offsides penalty away from dropping to 0-2 with a daunting road matchup against the Buffalo Bills on the horizon? Yes, but a win is a win, right?
You bet. That isn’t to say the Football Team doesn’t have to clean up their act. If they continue down this road, they might as well hand over their division crown to either the Dallas Cowboys or the Philadelphia Eagles.
Anyway, enough about that. For now, let’s focus on the good that came from Thursday night’s barnburner. There definitely wasn’t a lot of good in this game, but Washington’s defensive line made its presence felt throughout.
While Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat were the standout performers of the group, Chase Young delivered the undisputed defensive highlight of the game. The craziest part? Young didn’t even tally a stat in the box score on the play.
Check out the 6-foot-5, 264-pound edge rusher run stride-for-stride with Saquon Barkley on the Giants RB’s biggest run of the night.
No, we’re not messing around, and yes, the rest of the NFL should be terrified.
Chase Young keeping pace with Saquon Barkley in a dead sprint is as impressive as it is terrifying.
Frankly, this shouldn’t even be possible. While Young is a physical freak, we’re talking about a pass rusher, albeit a chiseled one, keeping pace with one of the most dynamic running backs the league has to offer.
Yes, Barkley is coming off a torn ACL, but it didn’t look like it on that play. In fact, we were concerned the Penn State product was taking this carry to the house once he bounced it outside.
Credit to Bobby McCain for disrupting Barkley’s stride on a last-ditch tackle attempt — even though he got stiff-armed — but Young was no doubt going to catch him or at least trip him up if he didn’t duck out of bounds.
Part of us wishes Barkley kept running, because Young would’ve completed one of the highlights of the young season.
While it obviously isn’t close to the same level of this play, we got flashbacks to when DK Metcalf chased down Budda Baker and prevented a Russell Wilson pick-six against the Cardinals in Week 7 of last season.
Again, Young’s sprint pales in comparison, but there’s something to be said that he shed a block and had to get his legs back underneath him before kicking it into high gear to catch Barkley, who had all the momentum on his side.
Suffice it to say running backs around the NFL will be looking over their shoulder when they’re trapped in a foot race with Young.
What a player.