Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Make Statement In 45-10 Demolition of Redskins


The Kansas City Chiefs took care of business against a team they should have beat, and walked away from FedEx Field with a resounding win over the Washington Redskins.

Resounding may actually be too tame of a word to describe how the Chiefs looked this Sunday afternoon.

Dominant would be more like it.

Kansas City finally put all three phases of the game together, and the result was a 45-10 win. Is the win a bit skewed considering the fact that Washington came into this game with a 3-9 record which has them placed fourth in the underwhelming NFC East? Perhaps, if you choose to look at it that way.

That’s now how I see it, though. This was a game that Kansas City needed to win, and it’s never, ever, easy to win on the road in the NFL.

Facing a three-game losing skid dead in the eye, the Chiefs walked into Washington and enforced their will upon the Redskins.

The offense, led by a surging Alex Smith, put up 347 yards. That means the Chiefs “average” offense has now totaled 1,538 yards in the past four games.

Jamaal Charles was once again great, as he rushed for 151 yards and 1 touchdown on 19 carries. He also added a touchdown through the air.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Dwayne Bowe continued his streak of playing well, as he added 69 yards and a touchdown to the cause.

Defensively, Kansas City finally got back on track. The Chiefs held Washington to 257 yards and 10 points. Robert Griffin III was 12-of-26 for 164 yards and a touchdown, and he also threw an interception; courtesy of Derrick Johnson. Kansas City’s defense was soo good, in fact, that Washington coach Mike Shanahan pulled RGIII early in the fourth quarter in favor of Kirk Cousins. Kansas City then responded by putting in Chase Daniel.

Also impressive is the fact that Washington came into this game with the best rushing attack in the NFL, but the Redskins were only able to put up 65 yards on the ground against Kansas City.

The Chiefs were finally able to get after the quarterback again, and that’s going to be a huge takeaway from this game. After weeks of struggling with a mediocre pass rush, Kansas City was able to sack Washington six times. Tamba Hali and Tyson Jackson both recorded two sacks, while Eric Berry and Frank Zombo each notched one.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

For as good as the offense and defense was though, it was Kansas City’s special teams that really stole the show on this snowy and cold Sunday.

Dave Toub’s unit was on fire, led by Dexter McCluster, who returned seven punts for 177 yards and a touchdown. Quintin Demps added a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown of his own, and Ryan Succop went 1-of-2 on field goals for three points.

This was a statement win for Kansas City.

Yes, it came against a bad team, and yes, the remaining schedule won’t be a cakewalk. The Chiefs came out and showed what they can do when all three units are on and this team is clicking though.

The Chiefs’ statement to the NFL was that they can be a very dangerous team in the playoffs, and you’d be naive to think the rest of the league didn’t notice.

Next Chiefs Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep12:00Tennessee TitansBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Alex Smith Dexter McCluster Dwayne Bowe Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs Quintin Demps Robert Griffin III

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    Great win team lets keep on rolling!

  • d-block

    Love that last part. “The Chiefs’ statement to the NFL was that they can be a very dangerous team in the playoffs, and you’d be naive to think the rest of the league didn’t notice.” GO CHIEFS!

  • Blake Molina

    If anything, this gets the team out of a slump. A beat down like that can bring your swagger right back. Great win today, oughta shut some pundits up for the week too (looking at you Pete Prisco)

    • berttheclock

      Correction to a fine post. Pete Prisco is nothing more than a tout. He is NOT a pundit. Some of his “winning picks” were against the spread, not the win itself.

    • jimfromkcj

      Blake look at the stats for the Redskins. They are the 22nd ranked team on defence, and they are having all kinds of problems with ownership, coachs and in the locker room. They are also a 3 and 10 team. Remember how bad we were last year when we were a 2 win team. Every win is a good win, but lets not make it more than it was.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I really felt the Chiefs were going to put a beat down on the Redskins today. They should be able to do it again next week at Oakland as well. This team is starting to put it all together. It was a tough loss against Denver last week but they showed they could play with the best team in the NFL and give them all they could handle. Even though they went 0-3 the last 3 weeks they grew a lot. I’ll go ahead and say it now, they run the table and finish 13-3. We stand a very good chance of meeting Denver in the AFC Championship game.

  • jimfromkcj

    I only hope that the statement is to those guys who still want to trade up for a QB in the next draft. Probably the same guys who were wanting the Chiefs to sell the farm to move up and get Griffin. How has that worked out for the Redskins? Those of us who were against giving multiple picks to move up to get Griffin were right when we said he would get hurt if he tried to play his brand of football in the NFL. Smith will probably never win a Superbowl for us, but he will win a lot of games for us until a real franchise QB becomes available for us to draft.

    • calciomoti

      Do you think rgiii would be in the same predicament of he was in kc?

      • jimfromkcj

        It could even be worse, Cassel is a big strong guy and he was hurt a lot and he wasn’t getting himself out in space where they could lay the wood to him like Griffin does.

    • micah stephenson

      I can understand Geno not being considered a franchise QB, but if RG3 ain’t then who do you think is?

      • jimfromkcj

        Micah, Here is a list of the QB’s I have wanted the Chiefs to draft over the last few years. Stafford who is with the Lions, Locker with the Titans, Flacco with the Ravens, kaepernick with the 49ers, Weeden with the Browns and Manuel with the Bills. I haven’t really looked at any of the QB’s in the upcoming draft because with our cap problems and the number of problem positions that need upgraded I just don’t think now is the time to waste a pick on one. If you have any doubts about my picks, you can ask anyone who previously posted on ESPN to find out. I think I am on record here when I wanted to take either Alex Smith or Matt Moore rather than draft any of the QB’s from last year. Alex has fit in very nicely with the Chiefs and I think he will take us as far as the talent on the team will allow.

  • ILChiefan

    Solomon Wilcotts just mis-identified another member of the Chiefs and their staff. Without a doubt, the worst announcer on TV