Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs
December, 8, 2013
By Adam Teicher | ESPN.com
LANDOVER, Md. -- A few thoughts on the Kansas City Chiefs' 45-10 victory against the Washington Redskins:
What it means: The Chiefs got back to playing the kind of game that produced a nine-game winning streak earlier in the season, even if it was against the lowly Redskins. After getting just two sacks in the last five games, the Chiefs dragged down Washington quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins six times. They also scored two special teams touchdowns. The 10-3 Chiefs snapped their three-game losing streak.
Stock watch: The Chiefs have been solid on special teams most of the season but had their best kicking game. Dexter McCluster returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and set a team record for punt return yardage. Quintin Demps also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Knile Davis returned a kickoff for a touchdown last week against the Denver Broncos. After being shut out for the past four weeks, linebacker Tamba Hali had a pair of sacks. Rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper was picked on mercilessly by Denver quarterback Peyton Manning last week but bounced back with a solid game.
Incredible Charles: Jamaal Charles entered the game as the AFC’s leading rusher and had his best game of the season, rushing for 151 yards and one touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass. Charles last week went over 1,000 rushing yards for the fourth time in his Chiefs career. That’s a Kansas City record. The Chiefs removed Charles from the game after the third quarter was finished, and that may have cost him another score. His backup, rookie Davis, scored on a 17-yard touchdown run early in the fourth period.
What’s next: The Chiefs continue their two-game road trip by playing the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in Oakland. The Raiders are 4-9 after losing Sunday to the New York Jets. They lost 24-7 to the Chiefs in October in Kansas City.