Kansas City Chiefs vs Washington Redskins

Kansas City Chiefs vs Washington Redskins

Kansas City Chiefs vs Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins committed to the run. Two Washington rookies had career firsts in the win over the Raiders: DL Jonathan Allen had his first sack and S Montae Nicholson had his first interception. In some ways it's a coincidence and in some ways it isn't.

Five Washington starters were questionable on the injury report for the game, but linebacker Mason Foster will be the biggest miss if he doesn't travel.

For Washington to have success on the offensive side of the ball, they will have to use every weapon that they have. The matchup between these two units will be pivotal in deciding which team will win this game.

The absence of Ford means more playing time for veteran Frank Zombo. " ... 0-for-11 on third downs".

Still, there's a definite benefit to that sort of commitment.

Talented receiving options in Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder have not filled the shoes of Garcon and Jackson so far, with the trio combining for just one touchdown this year. 'What coverage is this? Who's hot?' All this stuff going through his mind. But the most they've had in consecutive weeks since then: 62. Brown has looked awfully good in an admittedly tiny sample size and is now the healthiest early down runner. The Chiefs have beaten the Patriots, Eagles and Chargers. Defensively, Washington is allowing 20 points and 272 yards per game.

Before the game, the players and fans honored with a moment of silence "the victims, their families and loved ones, and also the heroic efforts of our first responders". Norman wasn't the only player injured Monday as the Redskins also lost running back Rob Kelley with an ankle injury and linebacker Martrell Spaight with injured ribs. On 9/11, which was Week 1, they made an exception to honor those who died 16 years before.

It's a hard type of environment to play in, one that has haunted Kirk Cousins at times in the past. In last weekend's victory over the Raiders, speedster Chris Thompson turned a screen pass from Kirk Cousins into a 74-yard reception. The Chiefs are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games, 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. With 0:08 seconds left in the game, Butker drilled a 43-yard game-winning field goal, capping a dream first game in the National Football League for the 22-year old.

"You have to be effective on third down", Gruden said. With the emergence of Thompson, the backfield becomes a little more lethal with regard to Thompson's ability to complete catches as well as rush the ball on short routes.

His 246 yards from scrimmage was a record for a player in their first career game. As always, I'll be riding with you with the Get More Sports live blog right here on the site. Last year, the Redskins threw on 232 first downs and ran on 227.

The Redskins need to play mistake-free football. "We'll [the tight ends] do blocking things and mix it in, while they're just focusing on route-running". "Just learning so much from good guys who are good professionals".

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