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Week 4 Redskins vs Chiefs Preview: Huge opportunity awaits Washington on national stage


Week 4 Redskins vs Chiefs Preview: Huge opportunity awaits Washington on national stage

After a dominant win against the Raiders last Sunday night, the Redskins vaulted into the conversation about being a possible playoff team.

If Washington can pull off a third straight win, this time on Monday night in Kansas City, the team would be considered a serious contender. 

Think about it: Oakland came into FedEx Field last week with the top scoring offense in the NFL. The Redskins defense held the Raiders to just 10 points, those gifted thanks to prime field position off turnovers. Kirk Cousins and the Burgundy and Gold offense piled up more than 400 yards and looked effective through the air or on the ground. 

The wild part?

The Redskins accomplished the beatdown on Oakland while missing three starters to injuries. Running back Rob Kelley missed the game with a rib injury, which is a blow to the team but not insurmountable. Starting inside linebacker Mason Foster sat out with a shoulder injury. In Week 2, Foster sealed the win in Los Angeles with a late interception. And don't forget star tight end Jordan Reed didn't play against the Raiders either. Historically, the Redskins play much better with Reed on the field, and Cousins performs his best.

That the QB still rolled up 365 passing yards with three touchdowns, without Reed, is quite impressive

Knowing that three important players missed the game, it's entirely possible the Redskins can actually play better in Kansas City than they did in Week 3.

Think about that. 



  1. Strength vs Strength — Undefeated through three games, the Chiefs come into Monday night's contest with the top rushing attack in the league. Behind rookie RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City is piling up more than 162 yards per game on the ground. The Redskins, however, have been stout against the run. They rank second in the NFL at rush yards allowed, giving up just 62 per game. Rookie DL Jonathan Allen has been a huge part of the Washington run defense, and the team will need a lot from him and speedy linebacker Zach Brown. If Foster can return would be another boost for the 'Skins defense, as he is a sure tackler. 
  2. Speed kills — Beyond Hunt, the Chiefs possess a ton of game breaking speed. Wideout Tyreek Hill has been clocked at more than 21 miles-per-hour on the field, via NFL Next Gen Stats, and is dangerous witht he ball both off jet sweeps as a rusher or catching passes downfield from QB Alex Smith. Kansas City is a home run hitting team, and big plays hurt the Redskins both in a season opening loss to the Eagles and their first win over the Rams. Washington head coach Jay Gruden knows his team must keep the KC offense in front of them, "We have got to make sure we are keeping our leverages and not giving up the big play. These guys have scored a touchdown of 50-plus yards in nine games in a row. They are a big play team and if we can limit the big plays and try to make them methodically move the ball down the field, I think we can have some success."
  3. Familiar face — Andy Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 seasons, and over that time, found a lot of success against the Redskins. Reid holds an 18-11 career record against Washington, and of course, was the Eagles coach in 2010 for the infamous "Monday Night Massacre" where Philly rolled to a 59-28 win at FedEx Field. Much time has passed since that game. When Reid last saw the Redskins in 2013, it was another thumping. This time as coach of the Chiefs, Kansas City embarassed the Redskins 45-10, again at FedEx Field, a the ugly end to the Mike Shanahan era in D.C. collapsed down the stretch of the season. 



  • The Redskins rank top in the league in yard differential, as the Washington offense is gaining more than 100 yards per game than the defense is giving up. 
  • With a touchdown on Monday, Chris Thompson would be the first Redskins RB with a TD in four straight games since Alfred Morris in 2017. 
  • Monday night will mark the 100th straight start for left tackle Trent Williams. 
  • The Redskins have not won on Monday night since 2014, when Colt McCoy guided the team to win in Dallas. They've lost three straight Monday night contests by a combined score of 83-47.


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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

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James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

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