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Former GM: Washington will be 'a tough out'

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The best teams in the NFL are typically elite in at least one of three categories: Quarterback play or a dominant offensive and/or defensive line. 

This isn't to say the Washington Football Team is one of the best teams in the NFL, they have much more work to do to get there. But when you get serious production out of one of the three most important positional areas on the field, you're going to be a tough team to beat. 

As former Jets and Dolphins general manager Mike Tannenbaum explained on ESPN Monday morning, Washington won't be a fun group to play week in and week out. 

"They could've tucked their tale in and said, 'Hey, this is Game 1 with coach Rivera,' they had all the excuses there," Tannenbaum said. "But they didn't. They came back, and they won. They're going to be a hard out because when you can rush the passer and get the ball downfield like Dwayne Haskins can do and score points, Washington's gonna be a tough out.

"Who do you double team?" he said. "Chase Young? [Montez] Sweat? [Ryan] Kerrigan? They're going to cause a lot of problems for a lot of teams."

Washington sacked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz eight times, held Philly to 57 rushing yards and scored 27 unanswered points to give Ron Rivera his first win as head coach. 

If last year's team was down 17-0 at half, do they come all the way back and win? Probably not. This team appears to have some resilience about them and they're elite in a crucial area of the field.

 

We'll see how the season progresses for the defense and Haskins under center, but for teams who thought they had an easy win on their schedule in Washington, it may be time to readjust that approach.