Redskins vs. Chiefs: Staff predictions mostly believe Kansas City will win

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Kareem Hunt
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Kareem Hunt /

The vast majority of the Arrowhead Addict staff believe the Chiefs will move to 4-0 after Monday night’s game against Washington.

It’s another primetime performance for the Kansas City Chiefs, this time in Week 4 as they prepare to host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium. The crowd should be loud and proud of their undefeated Chiefs, and while Washington is coming in having decimated the Oakland Raiders just last week, most everyone is predicting the Chiefs to come away with another win on this game.

Our writing staff certainly believes as much. Only a single person on staff is picking Washington to win this week. Here’s a rundown of predictions for the final score and the reasons behind it.

Chiefs 35 Washington 27
The Kansas City Chiefs are firing on all cylinders right now and sit alone at the top of the AFC as the last unbeaten. That trend continues as they take care of the visiting Washington Redskins. This game will be different from the Chiefs victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. While that game was a defensive battle the Chiefs will find themselves in a shoot out with the gun slinging Kirk Cousins. Rookie sensation Kareem Hunt continues his MVP-like season adding another two touchdowns to his impressive resume for this season. The defense of the K.C. will again be the deciding factor as the team improves to 4-0 on the season. [Nick Floyd]

Chiefs 35, Washington 14
Kareem Hunt will be the mvp of the game again with 150 yards and two touchdowns. The weakest point in this game will be our run defense giving up almost as much as Hunt gets. But their passing game will not get anywhere at all. [Lucas Hampton]

Chiefs 31, Washington 17
The Chiefs are rolling as the Redskins run into a buzzsaw at Arrowhead on Monday night. The stadium will be electric, helping to feed a dominant performance from the defense. Justin Houston should have a big night going up against a suspect offensive line. On the other side of the ball, I think Alex Smith turns it on in this one, going toe to toe and upstaging Kirk Cousins. Smith and tight end Travis Kelce will be able to exploit Washington’s defense over and over. This will turn in to an easy victory as Kansas City improves to 4-0. [Austin Owen]

Chiefs 24, Washington 21
The Kansas City Chiefs return to primetime in Week 4 with the Washington Redskins coming to town. Last week, the Redskins handled the previously undefeated Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs can expect a test on Monday Night Football as Washington is one of the more balanced teams they’ve faced thus far in 2017. The ‘Skins are the league’s 2nd-best run defense and could present a challenge to red-hot rookie Kareem Hunt.

The strength of the team overall is on the defensive side of the football. That group is currently a Top 10 unit in terms of scoring defense (10th in the league). The trouble is that they haven’t been a very good road team over the past several years. It doesn’t help that this game takes place in one of the NFL’s stingiest venues. Arrowhead is seemingly an even tougher place to play in nationally-televised games.

The challenge for the Redskins in this game will be mustering up enough offense to challenge one of the league’s best through three weeks of the young NFL season. Currently, Washington is averaging less than 24 points per game (23.7) The Chiefs, conversely, are the 3rd-ranked offense in the National Football League (racking up 31 points per contest). Andy Reid and company also boast the best rushing attack in the game (162 yards per contest).

I suspect this will be a close game despite Kansas City’s home field advantage. The gaping running lanes Hunt has had thus far could be a lot more congested on Monday night. Though, I’m still not convinced the Washington defense will have as much success on the road. Tyreek Hill has another big game in primetime and Hunt shines down the stretch. Good guys win 24-21 on a last second field goal by new kicker Harrison Buttker. [Reach]

Chiefs 27, Washington 24
The Chiefs continue to struggle with offensive line but late in the game get enough going to win the game. Kelce will be much bigger part of gameplan and keep defense from stacking the box. [Travis Steffen]

Chiefs 17, Washington 14
Going into week 4 the Chiefs are the last undefeated AFC team. On Monday Night Football they face the team that shellacked the Oakland Raiders on Sunday Night Football in week 3. The Redskins are the #2 ranked run defense and the Chiefs are the #1 ranked rushing offense. This might be the first game where Kareem Hunt might start looking human.

If the Redskins are able to keep up their momentum the Chiefs may end up with their first loss of the season. The one that keeps me on the Chiefs side in this matchup is the Redskins are not very good against tight ends and have struggled against the short passing game. Which are both a part of the Chiefs bread and butter. [David Thomas]

Chiefs 31, Washington 21
The Redskins just shocked the Raiders last Sunday, and may be a lot tougher than many have given them credit for. Kirk Cousins looked real good against a tough Raiders defense. This should be a good match up, but the Chiefs are rolling and at home. We all know Reid does well with extra time to prepare. I think the Chiefs pull off the W, 31-21. [Thomas Welte]

Chiefs 38, Washington 17
The Chiefs come into Monday night 3-0 and the undisputed best team in the AFC threw the first three weeks of the season. The Redskins are 2-1 coming off an impressive win over the Oakland Raiders last week. This has many Chiefs’ fans I know worried about a trap game situation in Arrowhead on Monday night. I’m here to tell anyone who thinks that, to rest easy and enjoy the domination that will take place this week.

The offense will put up over 400 yards of offense and Alex Smith will have an above average game as the Redskins will load the box to try and stop Kareem Hunt. Hunt will have a slow start because of this but the fourth quarter will belong to him. The Chiefs will get their first special teams touchdown on Monday night and the defense will get at least two take aways. Arrrowhead will be loud, proud and a major factor in this game. [Britt Zank]

Washington 15, Chiefs 13
I just have a feeling about this game. The Chiefs are 3-0 and I think they’ll also win next week to enter the grueling part of the schedule at 4-1—still an incredible feat. I also don’t doubt they’re a better team than Washington. That said, Jay Gruden’s team looked solid last week. I’m a believer in Kirk Cousins and Washington has the offensive pieces to make life tougher than expected on the Chiefs secondary. I’m especially bullish on Josh Doctson.

I think the Chiefs end zone defense will clamp down and we’ll see a lot of field goals. I also think the drop from Eric Fisher to Cam Erving, if it happens, is going to be a big gain for Washington’s front seven. I think it will be close and disappointing. Here’s hoping I’m wrong. [Matt Conner]