The game has the potential to become the 22nd time since 1970 in which the No. 1 overall pick (Burrow) squares off with the No. 2 selection (Young) in their rookie seasons, according to NFL Research.
Buoyed also by the potentially larger storyline of Burrow going against Washington signal-caller Dwayne Haskins, the latter having won the Buckeyes' starting job and brought about Burrow's transfer, the game could be the first time the top two picks of the draft have squared off since ... well, last year. That's when 2019 No. 2 pick Nick Bosa's Super Bowl-bound San Francisco squad defeated No. 1 Kyler Murray's Arizona club on two occasions.
With Bosa and the Niners' wins, the No. 2 overall pick is 14-7 in the 21 aforementioned meetings and 6-1 across the last seven, per NFL Research.
Further in Young's (and the Redskins') favor is that since 1970, there have been five instances in which a quarterback and defensive player have been the top selections and then gone head-to-head.
Then again, it's been quite some time since the Redskins defeated the Bengals. When last the teams played in 2016, it ended in a 27-27 tie. Prior to that, Cincy won three in a row. Thus, the Redskins are winless in their last four outings against the Bengals with their last win all the way back in 1991.