Entering the Week 7 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, Ryan Kerrigan had been quiet statistically. After recording 13 sacks in 2017, he had just one through the Redskins first five games in 2018. That all changed on Sunday.
Kerrigan's first sack of the game came late in the third quarter, as he was able to take down Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for a loss of six yards on first down. Pushing Dallas deep into its own territory, Kerrigan's sack limited what the offense could do, and the Cowboys would eventually have to punt.
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Kerrigan got to the quarterback again, this time making a game-changing play. On a third-and-14 with Dallas on its own 10-yard line, the linebacker burst through the middle, sacking Prescott and forcing him to fumble the football. Teammate Preston Smith scooped up the ball and walked into the end zone for a crucial Redskins touchdown.
Kerrigan's performance contributed to another dominant day for the Washington defense, as the unit limited the opponent to 17 points for the second week in a row and held running back Ezekiel Elliott to just 33 yards rushing.
"It’s very nice. That’s what us pass rushers want to do, we want to put pressure on the quarterback and hopefully sack the quarterback," Kerrigan said. "It is gratifying to get to him, that’s for sure. It was tough at times, I stayed positive throughout the first couple of weeks when it didn’t seem to be going my way in terms of sacks. It’s the game, you got to keep playing and keep working.”