MNF: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs WASHINGTON REDSKINS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs WASHINGTON REDSKINS
By: Robert L. Porter Jr.
Monday night football has the last remaining unbeaten team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs and they aim to stay that way as they play host to a very good Washington Redskins team. The Redskins are looking to take down their 2nd AFC West team on Primetime in as many weeks.
Washington receives the opening kickoff and the Kansas City crowd noise is on full blast. After a few feel them out runs Washington takes their shot and a 44 yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins to Terrelle Pryor against the Chiefs top CB Marcus Peters is the result making it 7-0 Redskins early in the first quarter. A quick 3 & out by Kansas city then a short punt sets Washington up with great field position in Chiefs territory. The Redskins are looking like a team on a mission, their drive stalled at the 2 yard line but a 19 yard Dustin Hopkins field goal makes it 10-0. Trailing by double digits early the Chiefs don’t blink, they refocus and get to work. 2 passes to Travis Kelce and another the Tyreek Hill have the Chiefs across the 50 and looking for some points as the first quarter ends.
A promising drive ends with no points as an incompletion and a 3rd down sack knocks the Chiefs out of field goal range, forcing them to punt it back to Washington. The Chiefs are having a tough time with penalties early in this game. Its hard to get into a rhythm when you can’t get out of your own way. Fortunately,for the first time tonight Kansas city finally gets the Skins off the field on 3rd down forcing a punt. The Chiefs next drive looked to be over but a 3rd down penalty on Bashaud Breeland kept the possession alive for a little while longer but the Chiefs ultimately punted the ball.
The Redskins looked to be much more physical than they were last year. There’s been a number of big hits on Chiefs ball carriers already in this one. A drop by Pryor on 3rd down sends the ball back to KC, Tyreek Hill had a tough time fielding the ball with the wind swirling but was able to get on top of it. The Kansas City offense looks to be in business as Alex Smith has moved his team deep into Redskins territory as we hit the 2 minute warning. First play out of the 2 minute warning Alex smith hits Travis Kelce from 17 yards out for the score making it 10-7 Skins. After a quick Washington drive KC gets the ball back with 2 timeouts and 1:05 remaining before the half. A 32 yard 3rd down scamper by Alex Smith takes the ball into Redskins territory and the Chiefs are looking for more points. A 20 yard pass to Kelce puts them in field goal range but rookie kicker Harrison Butker missed a 46 harder wide left to keep the score 10-7 at halftime.
Kansas city ended the first half with the momentum, it will be interesting to see if the missed field goal changes it back to Washington. It didnt, the Chiefs offense still looks to be clicking to start the 2nd half, a great effort by Kareem Hunt resulted in a horse collar call that moves them inside Washingtons 40. A big pass to Kelce with a roughing the passer call on top puts Kansas City inside the 10. Shortly after, a 1 yard Alex Smith TD run gives the Chiefs their first lead of the game 14-10. Kirk Cousins opens his next drive with huge pass to Vernon Davis for 69 yards setting up first and goal at the 6. after a short run by Perine a play action pass to Ryan Grant helps the Redskins retake the lead 17-14. With the sluggish start to this game behind them, the Chiefs offense looks to be in a very good rhythm now but they weren’t able to punch it in on their next drive so a Butker field goal ties it up at 17 as the 3rd quarter comes to a close.
Washington starts the 4th quarter with a good pass to Josh Doctson putting his team in Chiefs territory. However, A Samaje Perine fumble on a pitch play trickles out of bounds and moves them back behind the 50, a long incompletion forces them to punt. On the next Chiefs drive we saw Kareem Hunt and the gang start to impose their will on Washington. The Redskins defense that looked aggressive and fast early looks off balanced and tired late. They lost multiple defenders to injury in this game, Josh Norman being the most notable. Another Breeland penalty keeps the KC drive alive after what looked like a 3rd down stop. The Redskins defense is able to stiffen and force a field goal making it 20-17 Chiefs.
On the the Redskins next possession Kirk Cousins used his feet to extend the drive in a few clutch situations. However, A Josh Doctson drop in the end zone forced the Skins to kick a field goal to tie it up at 20 with 47 seconds remaining. Just as overtime looked to be the result Alex Smith escapes the pocket and makes a huge throw to Albert Wilson for 37 yards putting KC in long field goal range with 33 seconds remaining. after a few minor plays the Chiefs lined up for what could be a game winning field goal. They got the Snap, hold down, kick up and its good. Harrison Butker gives the Chiefs a 3 point lead with 4 seconds left in the game. The following kickoff is a touchback, the Redskins try a hook and latter play from the 25 yard line but a fumble that was recovered and ran in by Justin Houston gives Kansas City the 29-20 win.
STARS OF THE GAME
Alex Smith – 27/37 293 pass yards 1 TD, 56 rush yards 1 TD
Kareem Hunt – 121 total yards
Kirk Cousins – 14/24 231 pass yards 2 TDs, 38 rush yards
Travis Kelce – 7 rec 111 yards 1 TD
CHIEFS 29 – REDSKINS 20