Week 3 is in the record books, Redskins fans. As much as we enjoyed the total domination of the Raiders, the season goes on. This week’s opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, pose a whole different set of hurdles for this Washington Redskins team on all sides of the ball. For the Redskins, this will be competition at its highest level thus far in this young 2017 NFL Season. This is the type of game true football purists dream about. This will be a big boy game, meaning serious hitting, man-handling, enforcement of wills and an old school testing of strengths.
The KC Chiefs come into this week 4 match up winning their last game over the SD Chargers 24-10. In a game where Chiefs running back rookie sensation Kareem Hunt lit the Chargers defense up for over 100 yards of rushing and pass catching combined. Hunt has really been a bright spot for Head Coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs offense. He is a playmaker plain and simple, in every definition of the word. Hunt has already gained a total of 538 all purpose yards and 6 touchdowns. Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill is the second weapon at Alex Smith’s disposal and he’s finding all types of ways to involve the speedy WR. The knock on Alex Smith in the past was that he couldn’t throw the ball accurately for more than 10 yards. Smith is proving his doubters wrong this season. With the emergence of Hill, this Chiefs offense has developed a quick strike capability that it’s never had before. Tight end Travis Kelce wasn’t really a factor in the Chiefs win over the Chargers, where he only had one catch for one yard. This means that the offensive coordinator will be sure to involve Kelce in this week’s game plan. When Kelce has a big game, the Chiefs more often than not win. This will be a great task for the Redskins defense. For them to be the best, they have to beat the best.
Chief’s defensive linemen being led by All Pro Jarvis Jenkins, Bennie Logan, Roy Miller and Allen Bailey bring the noise that’s necessary to disrupt the timing of any offense. Not to mention the Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. This Chiefs defense is a talented group. However, the question is, have they really been tested by a strong offense yet? If the Redskins stick to the winning formula they’ve found, things should be in their favor. We still must respect the speed and strength of this Chiefs D-line. Those guys play motivated and enjoy stopping the opposing offenses they face. The secondary and line backers is where the Redskins can attack this defense. CB Terrance Mitchell has been a weak spot (if there is any) to this defense, giving up the long and short quick passes to opposing WR’s. Redskins TE’s Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis should be able to outrun the line backer coverage of the Chiefs. The Chiefs defense is ranked 7th overall in the NFL, allowing 117 rushing yards and 257 passing yards per game. That means the Redskins should find success with their game plan. Offensively, the Chiefs are ranked 3rd amassing 333.33 yards per contest. Hunt and Hill are a huge part of those numbers, along with a great play or two by Kelce.
The Redskins enter this Monday Night Football contest ranked 14th in offense with a 337.67 yards per game average and the 9th overall defense in the NFL, allowing a total of 272.00 yards per contest. This puts the Redskins and Chiefs almost in a deadlock as far as team performance, which is why almost every football lover has made plans to watch this Monday Night Football battle. In my book, this game will be the first real test that the Redskins have had to face this season. The Chiefs are a team that can apply pressure to the QB, can stop the run in the backfield for negative yardage, with an offense that has quick hit and big play capabilities. This Redskins defense and offense will have to play big boy football to defeat the Chiefs. Big boy football simply means no arm tackling, squaring up your target and attacking while creating turnovers at every opportunity.
Kell’s Keys to Victory:
The Redskins will have to play sound football against the Chiefs. They can’t allow the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium to be a factor. They must find ways to limit the production of Hunt and Hill. Create havoc in the Chiefs backfield because the Chiefs pass blocking isn’t as strong as their run blocking. The Redskins have to put the Chiefs in obvious passing situations in order to take advantage of the weak pass blocking by the Chiefs. Control the clock, which means run the ball to keep the defense of the Chiefs honest and on their toes. Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins has to be successful every chance he has to put points on the board. I feel this will be a low scoring affair, so those kicks will be very important, a must have. The Redskins coaching staff has to approach this game with the same fire and zeal they displayed the past two games. If the Redskins follow my advice, we should all be in celebration mode come after the game.
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