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Brian Orakpo is dominating offenses.
Brian Orakpo is finally becoming the consistent playmaker he is supposed to be in this 3-4 scheme. The 2009 first-round pick is dominating offenses from his outside linebacker position.
Orakpo has been prolific in the recent games, as CSN Washington's Tarik EL-Bashir noted before the game:
After racking up only three sacks in the Redskins’ first eight games this season, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo has been on a tear the past three weeks.
He’s notched 3.5 sacks during that span to boost his season total to 6.5 and his career total to 36, pushing him past Dave Butz and into fifth on the Redskins’ all-time sack list.
Orakpo took that level of play into Week 13 and dominated Giants left tackle Will Beatty from the game's first play. He was in on a pair of sacks and made several stops in the backfield against the run.
He was particularly effective whenever he took an inside move to slant across the face of Beatty and split the tackle-guard gap.
This not only maximized Orakpo's natural power and leverage, it also spoke to how he is varying his pass-rush arsenal. Playing like this, Orakpo gives Washington a legitimate building block to rebuild its struggling defense around, enhancing his chances of a new contract.