The Kansas City Chiefs have faced two pretty good pass rushes in the past two weeks. The Eagles were talked about as one of the better front sevens the Chifes will face this season. Then the Chargers had Melvin Ingram (three sacks) and Joey Bosa coming off the edge.
This week, it doesn’t get any easier. The Redskins don’t have the name players that we’ve seen in the past few weeks but I watched their pass rush against a very good Raiders offensive line last week and they took care of business. That got my attention.
“They’ve got a very good pass rush,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said this week. “Their defense is playing very well, it starts up front for them.”
The Redskins defensive line is what stood out to me. It looked like they dominated the Raiders, who are said to have one of the best lines in the league.
“That doesn’t happen. It doesn’t happen often at all,” Alex Smith said when asked about the Redskins defense shutting down the Raiders offense.
Reid acknowledged that the Chiefs will have to do a better job.
“They’ve got a very strong front seven, period,” Reid said. “Their linebackers are good too. Then I mentioned this to you after the game, we’ve got to do a better job up front. There are some plays that we’d like to have back there but we’re capable of doing it, we just need to make sure we do it.”
Pro Football Focus said that last week Alex Smith was pressured on five of his 28 drop backs last week against the Chargers and he was sacked on all five of those pressures. This pass rush is the No. 1 thing that concerns me in this game. If you get Alex Smith off his spot, the Chiefs offense changes.