Chase Young bounced off the field Sunday night following Washington’s NFC East-clinching victory over Philadelphia, already thinking about his first playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Tom Brady! Tom Brady, I’m coming. I want Tom!” Young shouted as he ran to the locker room.
With Sunday night’s victory, Washington hosts Brady’s Bucs on Sat., Jan. 9 at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC.
Favorite for the Defensive Rookie of the Year, Young led all rookies with 7.5 sacks, tied for third-most ever by a Washington first-year player.
Young was a dominant force this season that turned Washington’s defensive front into a playoff-bound menace. According to NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth during Sunday night’s broadcast, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio compared Young’s leadership in his first year to a young Ray Lewis, which is exceedingly high praise.
The book on slowing Tom Brady during his 21-year career has always been pressuring with four defensive linemen. Move the 43-year-old off his spot, and you’ll have a chance to slow his offense.
To have any shot to pull the upset against the 11-win Bucs, Washington will need Young and the rest of the D-line to be in Brady’s face all night.
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