Fun doesn’t even begin to describe what it’s like watching Washington’s pass rush

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You know who’s happy that Sunday’s Washington-Philadelphia game is over?

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After looking seriously comfortable in the early going at FedEx Field, Wentz found himself under constant pressure for the rest of the matchup. That’s the principle reason why Ron Rivera and his roster are celebrating a 27-17 victory that will have their fans smiling until next weekend.

In all, the signal caller was sacked EIGHT times, and a few of those were by multiple Burgundy and Gold players. The visitors’ offensive line was awfully banged up coming into the opener, and they got manhandled by a group that just refused to stop wreaking havoc. 

This Washington pass rush was supposed to be elite in 2019. In 2020, they may actually be.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Ryan Kerrigan dropped Wentz twice, the second of which gave him the franchise’s record. Matt Ioannidis picked up a sack and a half. Chase Young got his first-ever. Montez Sweat joined the fun with one and so did Daron Payne. Jon Bostic brought a drive to an end on fourth down with an explosive blitz. Jon Allen finished with a half-sack.” data-reactid=”24″>Ryan Kerrigan dropped Wentz twice, the second of which gave him the franchise’s record. Matt Ioannidis picked up a sack and a half. Chase Young got his first-ever. Montez Sweat joined the fun with one and so did Daron Payne. Jon Bostic brought a drive to an end on fourth down with an explosive blitz. Jon Allen finished with a half-sack.

The general rule in sports journalism is to avoid paragraphs with more than two sentences. Every once in a while, three is allowed.

Well, Jack Del Rio’s front is so loaded and so deep that it takes seven sentences to rattle off everyone who made the stat sheet. He’s probably fine with that, though.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The toll that all of the hits took on Wentz was quite evident. As the contest progressed, his accuracy waned dramatically and he appeared really rattled. While Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland, Dwayne Haskins and Peyton Barber all played major roles in Week 1’s critical result, it’s the pass rush that made the biggest difference.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”27″>The toll that all of the hits took on Wentz was quite evident. As the contest progressed, his accuracy waned dramatically and he appeared really rattled. While Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland, Dwayne Haskins and Peyton Barber all played major roles in Week 1’s critical result, it’s the pass rush that made the biggest difference. 

This organization has invested a ton in their defensive line lately. On Sunday, the commitment to building up that bunch paid off in a key win. There will be plenty more where that came from, too. 

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