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Chiefs Try To Get Back On Track This Weekend Against The Redskins

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 4:52:46 AM

After losing three games in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs need to regroup. Can this team settle itself and fix various problems on defense? It might be able to get healthy against Washington.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Washington Redskins – Sunday, December 8

Sports betting line: Chiefs -3

Why Kansas City Will Win

This is a situation in which the Chiefs ought to be able to re-establish themselves. Kansas City is now facing an opponent it should beat. The Washington Redskins are 3-9 and sinking like a rock in the NFC. Last year’s division championship is a distant memory. Coach Mike Shanahan has lacked answers for any and all of the problems that have befallen his team. He has not gotten along well with his franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Washington was 3-6 last season, but in 2012, the Redskins managed a midseason turnaround and won their last seven games to take the NFC East championship and reach the playoffs. This time, the Redskins haven’t been able to reverse course. This is a team that has lacked direction all season long, and it hasn’t been able to find much of any consistency on either side of the line of scrimmage. Both the offense and the defense have lagged behind the competition this season – this hasn’t been a bad season because of one unit, but because of all three. Special teams have given Washington as many problems as the offense and defense have as well. This team just doesn’t have a strong leg to stand on. Kansas City should be able to stride into the nation’s capital and take care of business, but a wounded sense of confidence could crop up at the wrong time. If Kansas City wants to stay in the AFC West race, losing here is simply not an option. One should trust that a sense of urgency will get the Chiefs back in the win column.

Why Washington Will Win

When online football betting analysts look at this game, they’re going to realize something that they probably weren’t willing to see or accept a few weeks ago: The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense is not that special. A team that had been dominating opponents has been torn apart over the past three weeks. The Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning exposed Kansas City’s inconsistent pass rush and its lack of strong cover corners. That is not the worst thing that can happen to a defense, though, because Manning will make a lot of other secondaries look bad. However, the San Diego Chargers were also able to score 41 points on the Chiefs in Kansas City, in cold weather. That result is what really showed how far Kansas City’s defense has fallen.

One should also say that the Chiefs – while deficient in terms of quality – have also missed the services of Justin Houston, a pass-rushing linebacker who will miss this game with an injury. That specific loss will give Washington more of a chance to outscore Kansas City.

Who Will Win

The Chiefs are banged up and struggling, but they’re likely to bounce back against a Washington team that just doesn’t like playing for its head coach.

NFL Betting Pick: Chiefs -3

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