The tension is mounting for the Washington Football Team’s defense, and it showed in a big way in Week 16’s primetime game against the Dallas Cowboys. As the Cowboys sat with a 21-point lead in the second quarter, defensive tackles Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen got into it on the sideline, ending with a punch thrown.
Oh boy. Things are getting heated on that Washington sideline pic.twitter.com/g5lPVwmhuY— Billy M (@BillyM_91) December 27, 2021
It’s not known what sparked the sideline scuffle, but the two have a long history dating back to their days as teammates at Alabama. It’s not difficult to understand their frustrations after allowing the Cowboys to score pretty much any which way, including a throw to offensive lineman Terence Steele for his first career touchdown.
Across the board, Washington’s defense has disappointed this season, and a season-ending ACL tear for superstar Chase Young felt like the final nail in the coffin. Entering Week 16, the Football Team had allowed the 8th most points to opposing teams and the third-most yards per offensive play.