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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt and a hot Chiefs team

Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt and a hot Chiefs team

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 27, five days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 26
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 32

First look at Redskins vs. Chiefs

—The Chiefs are 3-0 and are at the top of many power rankings. They have a win at New England on their ledger and they are in the top 10 in the NFL in both scoring offense and scoring defense. They average 9.2 yards per pass attempt and 6.8 yards per rush. Do the Redskins stand a chance? Well, they weren’t supposed to have much of a shot against the Raiders and they came out of that one OK so we will see.

—Quarterback Alex Smith is rolling sevens. He has completed 77 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. His QB rating is an absurd 132.7. Smith has been sacked 12 times so there is a chink in the armor. The former first overall pick in the draft will not go all year with such a high passer rating and completion percentage. But he could do it one more game and that’s what matters to the Redskins.

—Rookie running back Kareem Hunt is starting off his NFL career on a roll. He has over 400 yards rushing in three games with an average of 8.5 yards per attempt. Hunt has 12 runs of 10 yards or longer and a touchdown run of longer than 50 years in each of the Chiefs’ three games. The Redskins will need to tackle as well as they did against the Raiders to keep Hunt under wraps. Like with Smith, he can’t keep it up all year (he’s on pace to run for 2,139 yards) but as far as the Redskins are concerned all that matters is him not getting it done next Monday.

—Defensively, the Chiefs do not appear to be that imposing. They are 23rd in passing defense and 18th in rushing. But they do a good job of getting off the field so they are a very respectable seventh in scoring defense.

—If the Redskins are going to upset another unbeaten AFC West team they probably are going to have to find a way to get the Chiefs to turn the ball over. Kansas City has lost only one fumble and, as noted, Smith has yet to throw an interception. It is doubtful that the Redskins will be able to get away with a multi-turnover game as they had in Weeks 1 and 3. The Redskins arguably have the best defense the Chiefs have faced this season and they should be able to move the ball against that defense. If they can hold onto the ball they should have a shot in this one.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.