Who saw that coming? The Redskins defended their house on prime time against a team that was lauded as a top contender and a top 5 team in the NFL. The Redskins defense let the rest of the league know they are not the Joe Barry-led team from the last two years. Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky is putting a team on the field that is opportunistic with turnovers, communicates well, and can do that whole tackling thing that seemed to elude them recently. Derek Carr and the Raiders offense was held to 128 total yards. The defense would have pitched a shutout, only allowing scores following a fumble and a muffed punt.
Kirk Cousins shines on Sunday Night again
Kirk Cousins had his usual cool start to the season, but he warmed up in a big way on Sunday night. Cousins took more risks, and kept the Redskins offense moving all game. A big, jump ball TD pass to WR Josh Doctson gave the team a preview of what could be with their first round pick from last season. Cousins mixed it up throughout the game, and used RB Chris Thompson like the all around weapon he is. Cousins won NFC Offensive Player of the Week for going 25 for 20, or 365 yards and 3 TDs. With Cousins in his groove and the defense rolling, the Redskins can hang with any team in the league.
The Chiefs will test the Redskins at every level
The Kansas City Chiefs(3-0) are arguably the best team in the league right now, and the Redskins will travel to Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night to face them in another prime time game. The Chiefs have a multi-faceted attack on offense that can hit you from multiple angles. Rookie RB Kareem Hunt has been the breakout star of the year, with 401 yards rushing(8.5 ypc), 137 yards receiving(15.2 ypc), and 6 TDs. Alex Smith has been running the offense well when he’s not getting hit(12 sacks, 21 QB hits through 3 games). The Chiefs will also test you with WRs Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, and TE Travis Kelce. The Chiefs can hit you with big plays, and have scored a 50+yard TD in 9 straight games.
Their defense can also give up the big play, which the Redskins will have to take advantage if they want to get their third straight win. The Chiefs lost safety Eric Berry for the year in Week 1 against the Patriots, but their defense can still be dangerous. The Redskins offense matches up well with them, and should be able to keep up with, and outshoot the Chiefs offense.
The line from the best sportsbooks has the Redskins as 7 point underdogs going into Arrowhead Stadium with a 49.5 point over/under. The Chiefs get the 3+ point home field advantage, and the Redskins get to play the underdog again. A win this week changes the national perspective on the team, a loss to the top team in the league will put the Redskins at 2-2 going into their bye week.
Who wins on Monday Night Football?
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Redskins by 7+
Redskins by less than 7
Chiefs by less than 7
Chiefs by 7+