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.
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REDSKINS VS. CHIEFS STORYLINES
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
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REDSKINS VS. CHIEFS NEWS & NOTES
- 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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