The Buffalo Bills offensive line will get what could be their biggest test of the season and possibly the biggest test they will face all season. The Washington Commanders have arguably the best defensive front four in the NFL, with multiple first-rounders all across the front.
Buffalo's offensive line played very well last week against the Raiders but the Raiders aren't exactly the Commanders. The player to watch in this game though is Dion Dawkins. He'll be matched up across from star pass rusher, Chase Young throughout the day and keeping him off Josh Allen's back is going to be priority number one.
I'm knocking on wood as I say this, but Dion Dawkins is off to a great start this season and has been rock solid through the first two weeks of the season. He's been in on 93 pass block snaps and has not given up a sack. Additionally, Dawkins has not committed any penalties in the young season. He's earned a pass protection grade of 80.7, according to PFF and an overall grade of 77.2, which ranks him tenth among NFL tackles.
The entire Bills' line is going to be vital but Dawkins containing Young is the most important. Keeping him off Josh Allen's blind side will allow Josh to focus on what is happening in front of him. Even if what is in front of him is Jonathan Allen or Daron Payne barrelling down on him. Josh will be able to react and get out of the pocket if necessary, whereas with Young, he may not see him coming and that could be disastrous.