Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 28, four days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky, and Kirk Cousins press conferences and open locker room after practice, approx. 2:45  

Days until:

—49ers @ Redskins (10/15) 17
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 25
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 31

Five Redskins who will be under pressure against the Chiefs

QB Kirk Cousins—Cousins had a very good game against the Raiders but his counterpart Alex Smith has put up three games similar to that. He will have to do it again if the Redskins are going to keep up with the Chiefs.

WR Terrelle Pryor—He stays on this list until he has a 100-yard receiving game or scores a touchdown or two. Pryor has had just two receptions in each of the last two games. That will not get him the big contract he’s going to be looking for after the season and, more importantly, it won’t help the Redskins get to where they want to be.

ILB Zach Brown—Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt has more than 400 yards rushing and nobody else in the NFL has even 300 yards on the season. It’s going to take the whole defense to stop him but Brown’s ability to seek ball carriers from sideline to sideline and track them down will desperately be needed on Monday.


SS Montae Nicholson—If Hunt gets by the front seven and breaks into the secondary it may largely fall on the speedy rookie to keep the running back from breaking a long one. His speed will come into play but it’s also about anticipation and angles. We will see if the rookie is up to the task.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has given up three of the 12 sacks of Smith this year. He will be matched up against Kerrigan, who is off to a great start this season with 2.5 sacks, a pick six, and a forced fumble. Pass defense starts with pass rush if the Redskins are going to put a dent in Smith’s 132 passer rating Kerrigan will need to play a key role in making him throw before he wants to and getting him on the ground a few times.  

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