A great test for Washington’s rejuvenated defense. Kansas City might have to adjust on Monday night, since left tackle Eric Fisher (back injury) didn’t practice on Friday or Saturday and is questionable to play. The Chiefs already have ruled out center Mitch Morse (foot). Even healthy, Kansas City is allowing a sack on 14.3 percent of its pass attempts, 31st in the NFL. Washington sacked Oakland’s Derek Carr four times last week and has allowed just 187 rushing yards total as it faces the league’s top running back so far (Kareem Hunt). The Chiefs have nine straight games with a touchdown of 50 yards or more, so they are explosive.
Washington got the job done in its previous game, a 27-10 triumph over Oakland last week, holding quarterback Derek Carr to 118 passing yards and the Raiders’ rushing game to 32 yards. Oakland picked up seven first downs, punted seven times and held the ball for fewer than 22 minutes.
The Chiefs will be facing another strong pass-rushing team, and Smith was sacked five times last week.
“We’ve seen some pretty aggressive defensive lines and linebackers, but you watch (Washington) on tape and they’re fast, they play hard and they don’t give you much time.”
1. Get Kelce involved early
Washington’s defense is tough, so the Chiefs will need all three members of their playmaking triumverate –– tight end Travis Kelce, running back Kareem Hunt and receiver Tyreek Hill –– to be operating at peak efficiency. A good way to make sure that’s the case is to target Kelce early (he was targeted just once last week) and see how Washington is defending him. If he’s attracting a lot of attention, that will open it up for Hill or Hunt. Speaking of Hill...
The Chiefs return home to take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football at 7:30 p.m. CT at Arrowhead Stadium. Here's everything you need to know if you're coming to the game.
National Anthem: The Kansas City Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern, is returning to lead Chiefs fans in “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Monday’s game.
Drum Leader: Kansas City Royals Catcher Salvador Perez
Halftime: Marching Mizzou
“I knew, especially in that 400-carry season (2006), every team was going to put eight men [at the line of scrimmage] against me. He’s not seeing that yet. Trust me, after another few games he’s going to start seeing corner blitzes, safety blitzes, linebacker blitzes. They’re going to really test him now just to keep him in the pocket so he’s not a receiving threat. They’re going to test his toughness by bringing more guys to the [line]. That’s how it was for me. You have to mentally prepare yourself for teams to game-plan for you.
Hunt was advised to return to school, with the board citing concerns about his weight and health, identifying him as a potential injury risk, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. "He looked like a player that was going to get hurt again," the source said. Hunt was hardly intent on leaving school, and already expecting to return to Toledo, I'm told, and the report confirmed that.
Hunt transformed himself into his senior year, shedding weight and playing with an explosive burst. "He's a totally different back from his junior year," said one evaluators who watched Hunt closely in college. "He changed his body."