Kansas City Chiefs vs Washington Redskins: 5 players to watch

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 25: Tight end Travis Kelce
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 25: Tight end Travis Kelce /
6 of 6
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 24: Chris Thompson
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 24: Chris Thompson /

Chris Thompson

If there is one Redskins player to keep a close eye on tonight it is running back Chris Thompson. Thompson is not a household name in the NFL (yet), but he has been an electric weapon for the Washington offense through the first three games of the season. Thompson has been on the Washington roster for several years but this season he has emerged as the Redskins own version of Tyreek Hill.

Thompson is listed at 5-foot-8 and 191 pounds (Hill is listed as 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds). He may not be quite as fast as Hill (who is?) but through three games he has been an explosive big play threat for the Redskins with 60-yard-plus plays in each of their past two games. Through three games Thompson is averaging about 40 yards rushing per game at about 8.5 yards per carry and an even more impressive 77 yards per game receiving with four total touchdowns.

Entering the season the Washington running backs were kind of an afterthought with most of the focus being on starting wide receivers Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder and talented but oft-injured tight end Jordan Reed. While those players all must be accounted for tonight (assuming Reed plays), the player that has been the true playmaker thus far has been Thompson.

If the Chiefs can prevent Thompson from breaking a huge game changing play and force the Redskins to sustain drives we could see KC’s “bend but don’t break” defense keep Washington out of the end zone. That would be a huge win for Kansas City.

So what do you think Chiefs fans? Do you agree that these five players are the ones to watch in this game? Do you feel like I missed someone that you believe will have even more of an impact? Do you like the Chiefs odds in this one? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

As always, thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!