Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/8/13
Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) at Washington Redskins (3-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm (FedExField)
The Line: Washington Redskins +3 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Washington, D.C. to play the Redskins on Sunday afternoon.
Washington blew a 14-0 lead at home and lost 24-17 to the New York Giants on Sunday night. The Redskins committed eight penalties and Alfred Morris ran the ball only two times in the second half to finish with a career-low 26 yards on 11 carries. On the year, Morris had rushed for 996 yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Robert Griffin III, who completed his first 12 passes for 111 yards, finished with 207 and a touchdown to become the fourth player since 1970 to throw for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Griffin also ran for a season-high 88 yards on 12 attempts in the loss. Pierre Garcon has caught 84 balls for 980 yards and 3 touchdowns this season, while Jordan Reed has caught 45 balls for 499 yards and 3 scores. Overall, the Redskins are averaging 22.4 points and 386 total yards per game, with 236 coming thru the air and 150 via the ground game. The biggest problem on offense besides some questionable play calling at times, is the protection that Griffin is getting when he drops back to pass. The offensive line has played well in the zone rushing scheme, but they have been downright awful when it comes to pass protection. Defensively, the Redskins are allowing 30.2 points per game and 374 yards per game. Washington’s defense on average allows 265 passing yards and 109 rushing yards this season. The Redskins will try to avoid their fifth straight loss in this weekend’s game at home; Washington is 2-4 at home this season.
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The Kansas City Chiefs have struggled as of late, but they’re still in a better position than the Redskins heading into this week. The Chiefs will try to avoid losing their fourth consecutive loss, and have a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday. Kansas City is the first team in NFL history to win its first nine games and then lose three in a row. However, they are still a great team and can secure a playoff berth for the first time since 2010. Kansas City allowed 111 points through the first nine games while facing two teams that currently have winning records (Dallas and Philadelphia). Since then, the Chiefs have allowed 103 points in their three consecutive losses. Kansas City didn’t allow more than 283 yards in the first nine weeks but Denver and San Diego averaged 371 yards in the last three games. The Chiefs allowed Peyton Manning to throw for 403 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions in a 35-28 win at Kansas City last Sunday. The Chiefs struggles steam from a lack of pressure on the quarterback, having recorded 35 sacks in the first seven games and only two in the past five. Justin Houston, who leads the team with 11 sacks, could miss a 2nd straight game with an elbow injury. Offensively, the Chiefs average 24.8 points per game. Alex Smith has thrown for 2,736 yards with 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, while Jamal Charles has 1,011 yards rushing with 9 touchdowns this season. Charles is second in the league with 1,463 total yards and tied for third with 11 overall touchdowns. Kansas City will travel on the road for the 6th time this year; the Chiefs are 4-1 on the road.
The Redskins have struggled with the Chiefs through the years, going 1-7 and losing five straight in the all-time series. Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe has played well against the Redskins in the past and he should have another good game against a weak Washington secondary this week. Even without Houston, the Chiefs defensive line should have no problem creating pressure on Griffin. Washington will have to establish the run early and often, but it will be tough against the front seven of Kansas City. If Griffin has time in the pocket I could see him having a big day against a Chiefs secondary that has looked average the past few weeks. But that’s a big if and I just don’t see the Redskins coming away with the win in this one. I’m going to take the Chiefs to win and cover the spread.