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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.

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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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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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