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Redskins vs. Chiefs Preview: Week 4 predictions, analysis, betting lines and how to watch

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Redskins vs. Chiefs Preview: Week 4 predictions, analysis, betting lines and how to watch

After taking down the Raiders on Sunday night in Week 3, the Washington Redskins will be traveling to Kansas City to take on the undefeated Chiefs on Monday night. 

Heading into Monday, there's one main question surrounding the Redskins defense. The unit put on a great performace against the Raiders, holding them to just 128 total yards. But will the Redskins be able to contain the Chiefs the same way?

Here are some of the biggest storylines and predictions from CSN Redskins insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler for Monday night's game.


Redskins vs. Chiefs Week 4 Preview:

When: Monday, Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Arrowhead Stadium

RadioRedskins Radio Network, ESPN 710 AM, 100.3 The Sound FM

How to Watch: Redskins Kickoff airs at 7:30 p.m. on CSN Mid-Atlantic. The game is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Live Stream: NFL Game Pass

Announcers: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (color), Lisa Salters (sidelines) 

Redskins vs. Chiefs Week 4 Storylines:

— The Real Kirk Cousins: In the Redskins' first two games of the season Cousins was far from great, but the quarterback finally found his rhythm against the Raiders. He finished the game with 365 passing yards and 3 TDs and was later awarded the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Will we see the same Kirk Cousins on Monday or will we see the inconsistent Cousins from Weeks 1 and 2?

— Throw to the Hot Hands: Running back Chris Thompson had a monster game against the Raiders with 181 total offensive yards. What did Jay Gruden have to say about him? 

— Sustainability on Defense: The Redskins held the Raiders to just 128 total yards on Sunday. The pass rush has avaraged two sacks in each game this season and the secondary has been solid. Can the Redskins defense keep their momentum going against the unbeaten Chiefs?

— Protecting the Passer: Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been sacked 7 times in three games so far, a much higher rate in comparison to last season. Is the Redskins' pass protection slipping?

Redskins vs. Chiefs Week 4 Odds, Betting Lines

— Betting Line: Chiefs -7

— Redskins vs. Chiefs Over/Under: 49.5

— Against the Spread: The Redskins have done well away from home with a 5-1 ATS in its last six games on the road. They also have a 8-3-1 SU in their last 12 games away. However, the Redskins have not faired well against the Chiefs recently. Washington is 0-5 in both ATS and SU in its last five games against the Chiefs. 

Redskins vs. Chiefs Week 4 Predictions:

JP Finlay: The Redskins looked fantastic last week against the Raiders, and that was without three starters. There's no reason to think it will slow down, especially defensively. Washington has a chance to make a huge statement to the league. Redskins 31, Chiefs 28

Rich Tandler: The Redskins showed me a lot last Sunday but I’m not sure if it was enough. They will put up a fight but I think that the Chiefs have too much talent and are too hot right now for Washington to win in the tough environment that will be present in prime time in Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs 24, Redskins 20​

Pete Hailey: The Redskins run defense has transformed this season, but Kareem Hunt is more skilled than any of the backs Washington has seen. Add in an elite option at wide receiver and tight end in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, and KC will present a very tough challenge for Greg Manuksy's unit. To win on Monday, both the Washington offense and defense will have to be nearly flawless. It just seems unlikely that that'll happen two weeks in a row. Chiefs 27, Redskins 20

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Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency to find a team that will give him plenty of snaps, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Galette's contract will expire once the 2017 regular season ends, and while the 29-year-old pass rush specialist appreciates the Redskins organization and fans, he wants to play. 

After suffering season-ending Achilles injuries in 2015 and 2016, Galette has stayed healthy throughout the 2017 season. 

Still, he hasn't been on the field much.

Ryan Kerrigan leads the Redskins with 358 snaps in pass rush situations, and Preston Smith ranks second with 297, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Galette has played only 197 snaps this season in pass rush situations. 

For comparison, rookie Jonathan Allen logged 112 snaps in pass rush situations. Allen played in just five games before heading to the injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury. Galette has played in all 13 Redskins games this year, and hasn't appeared on the injury report once. 

Compounding the issue, Galette has been effective when on the field. 

Pro Football Focus rated him the third best defender on the Redskins this season, behind only Kerrigan and cornerback Kendall Fuller. 

As Rich Tandler noted, there will be a market for Galette. All NFL teams need pass rushers, and it appears Galette still has plenty left after his two-year layoff. Remember, in 2013 and 2014 Galette had 22 sacks for the New Orleans Saints.  This season, he has two sacks. 

The Redskins deserve credit for sticking with Galette after two lost seasons, though Galette deserves credit too for working back from not one but two Achilles injuries. 

Washington's coaches and front office speak highly of Galette, and there haven't been off field issues. For whatever reason, the playing time just hasn't been there. 

Looks like that will change next year. 

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins


Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

Of course this was going to happen. 

The moment it became known that Robert Griffin III was going to be on ESPN's shows for a few appearances this week, you knew he was going to be asked about Kirk Cousins at some point.

And, surely enough, come Wednesday afternoon, the stars aligned and the question was asked on NFL Live: Where, in Griffin's opinion, was the best place for Cousins to land this offseason?

"I think it depends on what he's trying to do," Griffin began.

"If he's trying to make the most money, he goes to Cleveland," he said. "If he's trying to be in the best situation, he goes to one of these teams that have a great defense that isn't gonna put it all on his shoulders."


Don't worry, he doesn't stop there. In fact, he saved the good stuff for the latter half of his answer.

"He's had it all on his shoulders in Washington, and we've seen the result," Cousins' draft classmate continued. "But if he's got a great defense like, say, Denver, say, Jacksonville, it makes it easier for him as a quarterback. Whereas in Cleveland, he's gonna have to go in and he's gonna have to do more of the workload."

So, the Browns, Broncos and Jaguars are among the teams Griffin considers options for Cousins. But, uh, what about the one he's on right now?

"I don't think it's Washington, just because of, you've seen what's been going on," he said. "Do they want him there? Does he want to be there?"

This isn't to say that the former rookie of the year doesn't bring up valid points; Cousins has had to play with below-average defenses for much of his career in D.C. and the franchise hasn't exactly shown a ton of admiration for him.

But nevertheless, it was interesting to see Griffin declare wish such confidence that his old backup needs to bolt from the Redskins and head elsewhere.

And thus concludes another chapter of the Griffin-Cousins-Redskins saga. You can leave your comments about how you don't care about it below, even though you made the choice to click on the story in the first place.