Washington's Week 3 matchup with the Bills didn't turn out to be the best day for the away side's defense, but at least one member of that unit drew some praise from a Buffalo offensive lineman.
"I feel like Jon Allen doesn't get the credit he deserves," Bills left guard Jon Feliciano said after the game. "I think he's the best guy on their front. The dude's a werewolf."
Allen is the longest-tenured member of Washington's front four, joining the franchise as a first-round pick in 2017. The 26-year-old has been a consistent presence on the interior defensive line, but as Feliciano alluded to, he doesn't get as much attention as the pair of young, talented edge rushers Washington has in Chase Young and Montez Sweat.
Even so, Allen has been Washington's most productive defensive lineman during the early part of the season. He leads the team with three sacks, four tackles for loss and seven quarterback hits. Meanwhile, Sweat is the only other defensive lineman to record a sack through three games.
However, credit to the Bills for neutralizing Washington's front four with an efficient attack built on getting the ball out quickly. It's hard to score 43 points and gain over 480 yards against any NFL defense, let alone one with the talent Washington has.
"Going into this game, we knew they had that hype," Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins said. "There's a lot of high-profile guys, all first-round guys, all high-caliber dudes, and we just knew we had to worry about ourselves. You can get lost in the sauce honestly, if you take that approach like, 'Man, that's Chase Young. That's [Montez] Sweat, that's [Daron] Payne, that's [Jonathan] Allen.
"We just took it as, 'Let's just focus on us, there's going to be good things and bad things that happen in this game no matter what. As long as we flush it and keep it pushing, we'll be alright.'"
Now 1-2, Washington has questions to answer regarding their underperforming defense. Not only will Allen have to continue to produce they way that he has, but Ron Rivera needs more out of players like Young and Sweat as well.
The good news? They play an Atlanta Falcons offense in Week 4 that ranks 29th in the NFL in yards per play through the first three weeks of the season.