Chiefs vs. Redskins: Game Preview

The Chiefs put their perfect record on the line on Monday Night Football

GAMETIME:7:30 p.m. CT on Monday, October 2

LOCATION: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.


HOW TO LISTEN: 101.1 The Fox

It doesn't get much better than this.

The Kansas City Chiefs, who stand alone as the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL, will take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football in front of what promises to be an electric atmosphere at Arrowhead Stadium.

The matchup will pit the two teams against one another for the first time since 2013 and for just the second time in the last 10 seasons.

The Chiefs won handily in the previous meeting, besting the Redskins by 35 points on a snowy afternoon just outside our nation's capital. The win continued a historic trend, as the Chiefs have won six straight over Washington dating back to 1992.

In fact, Kansas City hasn't fallen to Washington since Sept. 18, 1983, when Joe Theismann was under center for the Redskins. It stands as the Chiefs' only loss between the two franchises in nine tries.

Chiefs' Head Coach Andy Reid is also familiar with the Redskins, seeing them twice a year throughout his 14 seasons at the helm in Philadelphia. Reid is 18-11 in his career against Washington, and has won five straight again NFC East opponents.

Still unblemished through three weeks into the season, Reid and the Chiefs will look to continue that success on Monday night.

The Redskins are off to a strong start this season, tallying wins over the Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders over the past two weeks.

They've outscored the opposition by 24 points in those two games, climbing back from a season-opening loss to Philadelphia to within striking distance of first place in the NFC East.

A constant in both of their wins has been the steady play of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns in last week's win over Oakland.

His 150.7 passer rating in the game ranks as the best by a signal caller this season.


Cousins has spread the ball around, connecting with four different receivers for double-digit catches in Washington's three games.

His most explosive target has been fifth-year tailback Chris Thompson, who seems to do a little bit of everything for the Washington offense. Thompson leads the Redskins in both receiving (231) and rushing yards (119), averaging 13.0 yards per touch.

Washington also features weapons such as receivers Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Jamison Crowder, who have helped propel the fifth-most productive offense in the NFL through three weeks in terms of scrimmage yards.

They'll face a Kansas City defense that's allowed just 30 points – and only three touchdowns - over the past two weeks.

Fueling that defensive effort has been the ability to create turnovers, as the Chiefs have five takeaways in that span.

Kansas City has taken advantage of each, turning all five into scores for a total of 27 points.

Chiefs' quarterback Alex Smith is largely responsible for that success in what has been a stellar start to his season.

Through three weeks, Smith leads the league in passer rating (132.7), completion percentage (77.4) and ranks fourth in yards per attempt (9.21) while tossing seven touchdowns without an interception.

He's been the most consistent passer in the league, posting a quarterback rating of at least 100.0 in each of this three games this season – the only signal caller to do so.

One of Smith's primary weapons has been rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month and NFL Rookie of the Month for September last week.

Hunt's accolades were well deserved, as he leads the NFL with 401 yards on the ground.

The rookie is averaging 8.5 yards per carry, rushing for over 140 yards in two of his three games as a professional.


That sets up an intriguing matchup on Monday night, as the Redskins have been one of the best in football at stopping the run this season.

Washington is yielding just 3.17 yards per carry, allowing only three runs of over 10 yards, and has yet to allow an opponent to eclipse 100 yards rushing in a game.

Hunt has broken off a league-high 12 runs of at least 10 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown last week, and has led Kansas City in scrimmage yards in each of its three contests.

The Chiefs' offense has flowed through Hunt this season, and the first-year tailback's ability to find success on Monday could prove pivotal.

If anything is certain, Arrowhead will be rocking for this one.

The Chiefs have won four straight prime time games, and each of their last two games under the lights at Arrowhead. It'll mark Kansas City's first chance at hosting Monday Night Football since beating the New England Patriots on the big stage in 2014.

If the electricity in the crowd can help Hunt find some running room and the defense to snag a turnover or two, the Chiefs could find themselves in the win column for a fourth time in as many weeks.

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