Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Date and Time: Monday, October 2, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium
Week 4 Opening NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Chiefs -7, O/U 49.5
Redskins vs. Chiefs TV Coverage: ESPN
The Skins have rebounded incredibly well from their opening week home loss to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. Since then, they’ve gone on the road and taken one from the Los Angeles Rams then returned home and took it to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday Night Football. After failing to get the ground game going against the Eagles, offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh has made it a point to look to the ground attack early and often. The end result has seen Washington average 27.0 points per game.
Chris Thompson and rookie Semaje Perine has played a huge role in the offense’s turnaround. Heading into Week 4, the Skins rank out as the No. 6 ranked rushing attack that averages better than 136.0 yards per game. Unfortunately, Perine suffered a hand bruise and left Sunday’s tilt against the Raiders. Reinforcements could be on the way however with Rob Kelley soon to return from his bout with sore ribs. KC has had issues defending opposing ground games to date ( No. 18 ), so make it a point to check injury reports to see who is good to go for this matchup.
No longer are the Chiefs depending on their ability to play keep away from opposing offenses and lean on the defense to win games. Kansas City now has a pair of lethal studs it marches onto the gridiron every passing week in the forms of running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Tyreke Hill. The duo has gashed opposing defenses in all three games played with the former building up a spectacular portfolio to run away with the Rookie of the Year award. Hunt has ripped off 50 yard touchdown runs in each of KC’s first three games.
While the defense has given up plenty of yards between the 20s, it’s still been incredibly tough to score on. Bob Sutton’s stop unit is giving up an average of 369.0 yards per game ( No. 27 ), but only allowing those yards to get converted into a measly 19.0 points per game ( No. 7 ). Their 19.4 yard per point average is good for the No. 3 ranking in the NFL, while their 42.9 percent opponent red zone scoring percentage ranks No. 9. This unit paired with an offense that finally has some teeth is why KC enters Week 4 undefeated with wins over the Patriots, Eagles and Chargers.
Matchup to Watch
The Redskins can’t rely on its passing attack being anchored by dump-offs to running backs for the entirety of the season. At some point in time, the wide receivers are going to need to step up to the plate and come up with a great showing. Josh Doctson and Ryan Grant contributed last week, but it’s high time Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor got going. The latter has done absolutely nothing to prove the other 31 teams in the league wrong for not inking him to a lengthy and lucrative contract this past offseason. Him and Cousins need to get on the same page, and it needs to happen sooner rather than later.
Kansas City has given up its fair share of catches and yards to opposing offense’s premiere players, so it’s imperative someone on Washington steps up in this prime time spot for the Skins to be competitive.
Redskins vs. Chiefs Picks
The Redskins just disposed of an AFC West rep by taking Oakland out behind the woodshed and serving up a severe beating. The formula for doing it: shut the Raiders rushing attack down and force Derek Carr to beat them through the air. They succeeded on both fronts holding Marshawn Lynch and company to a grand total of 32 yards, while also putting a ton of pressure on Carr and sacking him four times. That same “MO” will carry over into this MNF tilt, so it will be interesting to see how KC’s vaunted rushing attack stacks up against the league’s No. 2 ranked unit at defending the run.
This will however be a much stiffer test on the national stage in one of the toughest venues to go into and win. Still, this is an awful lot of points for the Chiefs to be spotting a team that hasn’t been an underdog of 7-points on the road since November of 2015. While Washington would rather you forget their mark in those games ( 0-7 SU & 2-5 ATS as 6-8 point road dog ), it stands a lucrative 6-2 SU and 7-1 against the spread the last eight times it went off the board a road dog at the top NFL sportsbooks. I’m expecting a back and forth affair with both sides coming up with huge scoring strikes.
Redskins vs. Chiefs Week 4 ATS Pick: Redskins +7 at BookMaker.eu
Redskins vs. Chiefs Score Prediction: Chiefs 31 – Redskins 30