No team ever wants to drop three games in a row, but I think the Kansas City Chiefs found the best way to bounce back from that sort of stretch. Or more appropriately, they found the right team.
That team is the Washington Redskins and the Chiefs ran circles around them at FedEx Field Sunday afternoon for an easy 45-10 victory. Besides simply getting the bad taste out of their mouths from the last few weeks, it also puts Kansas City on the doorstep of a playoff birth.
Things got off to a solid start with the Chiefs marching down the field and taking a 3-0 lead on their first drive, despite some nasty weather.
Once the Kansas City defense forced a punt, Dexter McCluster put together a beautiful 60 yard return, putting the Chiefs offense on the Redskins 13 yard line. Five plays later Jamaal Charles found the end zone and a 10-0 score.
Not to be outdone by special teams, the Chiefs defense stepped up their game with the help of a Derrick Johnson interception. A 40-yard return by the veteran linebacker put the Kansas City offense back in Washington territory at the 25. On the third play from scrimmage, Alex Smith found Dwayne Bowe for a 21-yard touchdown and all of a sudden it was a 21-0 game before the end of the first quarter.
Another quick Redskins drive (four plays), McCluster return (24 yards) and Charles touchdown (five-yard pass from Smith) made it a 28-0 game and it was clear Washington had no intentions of putting up a fight.
If anyone needed more proof the Redskins didn’t want to be at the stadium, they were happy to provide it. A fumble by Robert Griffin III was returned by the Chiefs defense for a touchdown, but overturned by replay. But on the ensuing punt, McCluster took the return 74 yards to the house for a 35-0 lead.
Washington did add 10 points before halftime, but a Quintin Dempts 95-yard kickoff return and the first career touchdown for rookie Knile Davis gave the Chiefs a fun 45-10 victory.
Now the Chiefs will prepare to hit the road again, this time against the Oakland Raiders, with a chance to lock down a playoff birth in the Black Hole.
Before we start looking at next week’s matchup, here are the three players that stood out for the Chiefs Sunday in the win over the Redskins.