Baltimore’s defense played great in week four, successfully creating a hostile environment for Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins through consistent pressure and hard hits on receivers. There were many great performances throughout the game, but there can only be one unsung hero of the week.
From what I’ve seen, coming out of this game there has been a lot of buzz for players like Mark Andrews, Marlon Humphrey, and Lamar Jackson. They all deserve all the praise they’re getting, but Matthew Judon easily had his best game of the season so far in a route of the Washington offensive line.
Judon, coming off a game against the Chiefs in which he only got three tackles and one QB hit in 56 snaps, was able to bounce back big time in only 42 snaps. Judon was able to rack up 4 tackles, two sacks, and five QB hits against Dwayne Haskins on Sunday, getting his first sack of the season along with it. Baltimore only sacked Haskins three times in the game, but Judon was able to get consistent pressure not only in the passing game with his five QB hits and two sacks, but also in run game by getting two tackles for loss.
It frequently felt like Judon was always there, ready to make a play. Judon was on the field for less than 60% of Baltimore's defensive snaps, but despite that was able to impact 14 separate plays, even defending a pass, something he rarely does.
Judon was able to quietly have an incredible game against this Washington offensive line, and if this is the beginning of a turnaround for him this season in which we can expect more games like this one, the league may need to be put on notice.