The Chiefs will play their second of six primetime games on the season on Monday night when the Washington Redskins come to Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are coming off of a hard fought victory in LA over the division rival Chargers. It was the least dominant win of the three for the Chiefs, so this could be a game where they start hot quick and continue to dominate. The Redskins, on the other hand, helped out the Chiefs last week with a win vs the Raiders last Sunday night. The defense made the Oakland offense look very different then what the rest of the league is accustomed to seeing. Both these teams come into this game as some of the most dominate in their respective conferences. This will also be the first Monday night game at Arrowhead since the Chiefs dismantled the Patriots 41-14 in 2014.
With this being an interconference matchup, these two teams do not see each other that often. The Chiefs lead the all time series, with an 8-1 record vs the Redskins. The only win in this series for the Redskins came in September of 1983. The Chiefs won the latest meeting 45-10 in December 2013. When these two teams first ever met, the Chiefs were still playing their home games at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. This will also be the first trip to Arrowhead for the Redskins since 2005. Andy Reid has obviously faced this team many times while coaching Philadelphia. Reid’s all time record against the Redskins is 18-11.
Quarterbacks Set to Duel it Out
Both team’s defenses are tough to beat, but this could be a seesaw battle of two of the more efficient quarterbacks in the league. So far this season, both Alex Smith and Kirk Cousins are similar in passing yards, as Cousins has just ten more passing yards than Smith. Smith has a touchdown to interception ratio of 7:0 on the year. Meanwhile, Cousins has a 5:1 ratio. What will be the results on Monday? Can the Chiefs defense force Cousins into bad throws? This is something that Cousins rarely has happen. Not only is he accurate most of the time, but Cousins is not fooled by defenses that often. This may be a quarterback that matches up the best with Smith as far as comparisons go.
Can the Chiefs defense pitch a shutout?
It’s already been established that Cousins is reliable for the Redskins, but lately quarterbacks have been almost non-existent in primetime games in Kansas City. In the last three home primetime games, the Chiefs defense has not allowed any touchdown passes. They also have two interceptions in those three games. These games include both Derek Carr and Ben Roethlisberger, so fans know how stout the defense can be. The Chiefs defense allowed a combined 521 passing yards as well, in those three games. Cousins is usually near a 300 yard performance in most of his outings, but the defense could keep him closer to 200 in this one.
As of Saturday, the Chiefs will be without Mitch Morse and Dee Ford in this game as they are out with injuries. Eric Fisher’s status is also up in the air with his status officially being a game time decision. If Fisher is out, the Chiefs will have to do a better job of protecting Smith than last week. The Redskins got half of their sacks for the season last week against Oakland too. The Chiefs are tough to defeat at Arrowhead, but the Redskins could be a team that people sleep on, as far as all the teams that will come into Kansas City this year. This should be a good one to close out week number four.