Even though the Washington Redskins are 3-9 and 2-4 at home, the Kansas City Chiefs still face the tough task of going on the road this weekend.
Winning a road game in the NFL is a challenge, no matter who you’re playing. Kansas City is going to have to step up its game, especially considering the Chiefs are on a three-game losing skid.
The good news here is that Washington is on a losing streak of its own, having lost its past four games, so the deck may be stacked in Kansas City’s favor.
Perhaps the Chiefs will finally get back on track. One thing is for certain, after these past few weeks, they’ll have to.
Coach Andy Reid discussed playing the Redskins recently with the media
“We look forward to the challenge of playing the Redskins,” he said. “We understand what kind of football team they are. They’re very well-coached and they’ve got good football players. They’re leading the league in rushing and they’re very explosive on the offensive side, not only on their down the field throws, but also with their running game.”
“Defensively, they’ve really got everyone coming that was on the playoff team last year playing. Jim Haslett is a phenomenal defensive coordinator and brings a lot of people, we know that blitz-wise, so we have to be sharp there,” he explained.
“They’ve got as good of a front seven that we’ve faced so far and that we probably will face and then, a good special teams unit. So, we’re preparing ourselves starting it off today at our walk through and then we’ll finish it up with our practice this afternoon,” Reid said.
The Chiefs’ head coach also spoke on Robert Griffin III, Washington’s dynamic quarterback.
“You give him a lot of space and he’s hard to get to. He can skidaddle pretty good. I think he’s good in either situation, whether he’s taking off in the pocket and running vertical or he gets out in space and is able to use his speed and ability to corner,” Reid said. “The bottom line is you have to tackle him. You have to hit him, you have to do that. Make sure you get him down on the ground so whichever direction he goes, you want to make sure you have covered.”
“You can put so much emphasis on the outside part, his outside run ability that you leave these big gaping seams inside and then you’re going to pay for that too. So, as disciplined as you possibly can be and then when you have an opportunity to tackle him, make sure you get him on the ground,” Reid explained.
Though the Redskins’ season has undoubtedly been disappointing, they still will present some challenges for Kansas City on offense. RGIII is a dynamic quarterback who can get it done with his legs or his arm. Pierre Garcon is a great NFL receiver, and running back Alfred Morris has run for 996 yards and six touchdowns this season.
In fact, the Redskins currently lead the league in rushing, averaging 150.4 rushing yards per game, so don’t expect this game to be a cupcake.
You have to earn every win you get in the NFL, so the Chiefs will be in for a fight this Sunday.