Redskins impress in close loss to Kansas City

Curran Gilster, Staff Writer

Even though the Washington Redskins didn’t walk away with the win on Monday Night losing 29-20, They still had a pretty good showing against the Kansas City Chiefs, currently the only team in the NFL undefeated with an 4-0 record.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had a respectable game for the 3rd week in a row, going 25/30 for 365 yards, 3 TD passes, and 108.8 QBR. Cousins also had a busy week as his son was born on Saturday September 30th. Another major factor of the Redskins keeping up with the tough Kansas City Chiefs was something everybody didn’t expect, The Defense. Last year, The Redskins defense was not that great giving up lots of points and sloppy play the main reason why. Over the past 3 weeks, Their Defense has stepped up, shutting down the high powered Raiders offense and beating former offensive coordinator Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams.

Alex Smith finally shut down critics who thought that he was a place holder for backup quarterback Patrick Mahomes as he was drafted with the Chiefs first round pick as Smith had an underwhelming season last year. Smith had both an impressive passing and running game with going 27/37 for 293 yards, 1 TD, and 56 yards rushing, Although his rushing stats were impressive, they were overshadowed by rookie sensation Kareem Hunt, who had 101 yards rushing on 21 carries while hurting a lot of Redskins defenders (literally) The stellar Redskins defense had a lot of injuries and they hope that it doesn’t affect the unit.

One big question going into the game was the Chiefs kicking situation, Cairo Santos was the most accurate kicker in franchise history but suffered an injury against the L.A Chargers leaving Kansas City short handed in the special teams unit. They had to call up former Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker who was on the Carolina Panthers practice squad. With Butker making a 32 yard field goal and a 26 yard field goal, There was tons of pressure for him to capitalize and ice the game, unfortunately for the Redskins, their hopes died of winning as a result of a 43 yard field goal.

The Redskins will have a bye week to help their players recover from injuries before traveling to San Francisco on October 15th to face the 49ers while the Chiefs will play the Texans on Sunday Night Football at 8:30 PM