TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: FedEx Field
Weather: High 36, Low 36
Line: Kansas City (-3.5)
After a strong start to the season in which they were 9-0, the Kansas City Chiefs have fallen in three consecutive matchups, dropping their overall record to 9-3 now — two of those losses came against the Denver Broncos. While they have lost three in a row, they still have seven more losses than they had all of last year and they’re in great position to make the playoffs. Alex Smith has been a difference-maker for the team this year, passing for 2,736 yards and 16 touchdowns for the 24th-ranked passing offense. Dwayne Bowe has had a bit of a down year, but still leads all receivers with 45 catches for 533 yards and four touchdowns. Jamaal Charles has been the best offensive weapon on the team — and maybe even in the league — with 1,011 rushing yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 452 receiving yards and two scores.
The Washington Redskins are not living up to the hype this season with a 3-9 record. While they began the 2012 season with a 3-6 record and then made the playoffs, they won’t be doing that this year as they are too far gone from a winning record and a chance to play in the postseason. It’s pretty evident that Robert Griffin III‘s knee is not 100 percent judging by his struggles this season through the air and on the ground. Griffin has passed for 3,039 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for another 460 yards and no touchdowns. Pierre Garcon has been Griffin’s favorite target on the season, catching 84 passes for 980 yards and three touchdowns while the next closest target, Jordan Reed, has just 45 catches for 499 yards. Alfred Morris has been one of the best running backs in the NFL this season, rushing for 996 yards and six touchdowns in just his second year in the league.
Defensively, the Redskins have been anything but impressive in 2013. Washington has been one of the most mediocre units out there, ranking 31st in points allowed, 23rd in total yards allowed and 27th in passing yards allowed per game. The Chiefs had been one of the best defenses in the league prior to their three-game losing streak in which they have given up over 30 points per game in that stretch. Kansas City ranks fourth in points allowed and 21st in total yards, passing yards and rushing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 23, Redskins 24
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