The Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins are coming off of three- and four-game losing streaks respectively. The Chiefs are 9-3 and looking to keep their comfortable position at the top of the AFC Wild Card race, while the Redskins are playing purely for pride and their jobs. Mike Shanahan is on his way to his third last-place finish in four years with Washington, and could be fired before season’s end.
For the fourth week in a row, Kansas City’s defense will be tested against one of the better offenses in the league. The Chiefs have an opportunity to turn their defensive slump around against a good offense, and they need to take advantage of it. In the last three weeks, the defense has surrendered 34.3 points per game leading to losses despite an improvement from the offense during that stretch.
A lot of the damage done was from Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning picking on rookie CB Marcus Cooper, who has been scorched during the losing streak after a hot start to the season. Robert Griffin III will definitely be looking to take advantage of Cooper’s slump if the Chiefs don’t come up with a solution. Regardless, the Redskins are going to score on Sunday. The question is, will it be enough to keep up with Kansas City’s offense that is starting to come together?
I don’t think so. With only the Minnesota Vikings having surrendered more points than Washington this season, it’s safe to expect another good day from the Chiefs’ offense. Alex Smith has been playing great, and if his pass-catchers could stop dropping catchable balls, the Kansas City offense could really do some damage.
On the other end, the Redskins have some talent, but are a mess and not ready for the level of competition that Kansas City will bring. Expect to see the Chiefs get back on track, and the Redskins to continue their descent.
Prediction: Kansas City 38 — Washington 24