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You can credit their success to the lack of talent in their division, but the Washington Redskins have emerged as surprise contenders in the NFC East in 2018, thanks in part to dominant defensive line play. However, the line's high upside could make it one of the most dominant units in the league for a long, long time.

Through seven weeks of football, the Redskins are third in the league against the run, despite facing several elite running backs during that span. 

That's no small feat. But what makes this even more impressive is that Washington's defensive front is playing at such a high level with some of the youngest players in the league. The average age of the Redskins' starting defensive line is 22.67 years old and all of the linemen combine to take up just over $7 million in cap space.

It's a long season and nobody knows what the future holds, but from the way things are looking now, the Redskins could have an elite defensive unit on their hands for a very long time. 

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