Chiefs thump Redskins 45-10 to break 3-game skid
Andy Reid referenced Nelson Mandela, Sporting Kansas City and
mangled a metaphor about the Chiefs’ recent losing streak.
Mike Shanahan looked like a beaten man, one who might be
counting down his final days with the Washington Redskins.
That was no thin line separating winning and losing when the
Chiefs beat the Redskins 45-10 Sunday. It was a chasm.
The Chiefs (10-3) broke their three-game skid by doing what they
did so well during their 9-0 start – beat up on a bad team. They
scored on their first four possessions, sacked Robert Griffin III
five times and Kirk Cousins once, and returned both a punt and a
kickoff for a touchdown in Sunday’s 45-10 rout.
All of which prompted Reid to go off-topic, even in his usual
”Sporting KC, I’m telling you it’s hard to be a champion right?
And they did it. I’m proud of those guys,” said Reid, referring to
the team back home that won the MLS Cup on Saturday. ”I didn’t
mention Nelson Mandela’s death the other day, but what a tribute to
mankind he is.”
OK, but what about getting back on track after two losses to the
Denver Broncos sandwiched around a defeat to the San Diego
”It’s tough to lose three games in the National Football
League, three consecutive games. It seems like a year, those are
dog years as you would say – each week that you have a loss in the
NFL,” Reid said. ”For the guys to come back and rebound after
that, I was proud of that.”
Across the way, the Redskins were their usual drama machine.
They lost their fifth straight, and the stadium was virtually empty
in the second half. It’s already far from certain as to whether
Shanahan will return for a fifth season, and now there’s a report
that he was close to quitting last year because of his
relationships with owner Dan Snyder and Griffin.
”It’s not the right time or place to talk about my relationship
with Dan Snyder, or it’s not the right time and place to talk about
something that happened a year ago,” Shanahan said. ”I’ll get a
chance to talk to Dan at the end of the season, and I’ll give some
viewpoints from me, and I’m sure he’ll give me his thoughts and
what direction we’ll go.”
Shanahan did concede that Sunday’s loss – the Redskins’ fifth by
double digits this season – was his fault.
”I didn’t have the players ready to play,” Shanahan said.
The first quarter was so lopsided that nearly all the footprints
in the snow were on one side of the 50. That discrepancy was
quickly corrected when the teams changed sides.
The score was 38-10 at halftime. Quintin Demps immediately
answered the lone Redskins touchdown with a 95-yard kickoff return
that resembled at times a winter stroll, part of a stunning tally
of 321 return yards by Kansas City in the first half alone.
Alex Smith completed 14 of 20 passes for 137 yards and two
touchdowns. Jamaal Charles ran 19 times for 151 yards and a score,
and his 35-yard, right-then-left scamper was a highlight of the
”You gotta go out there and play no matter what kind of
conditions outside,” Charles said. ”Sleet, snow – you gotta
Tamba Hali and Tyson Jackson each had a pair of sacks, and
Derrick Johnson set up a touchdown with a 40-yard interception
return. Dexter McCluster took a punt 74 yards for a score and set
up another TD with a 57-yard return.
Fans mostly deserted Washington’s first snowy home game in
decades, and those that stayed had plenty to boo. The Chiefs took
the opening kickoff and gained 8, 9, 22 and 13 yards on their first
four plays. The Redskins were a team with nothing to play for, and
they looked like it. Shanahan eventually pulled the plug on
Griffin, inserting Cousins for the final quarter.
”It’s a terrible game to be a part of,” Redskins linebacker
Brian Orakpo said.
NOTES: The runbacks by Demps and McCluster gave the Chiefs 10
return touchdowns this season. … Griffin went 12 for 26 for 164
yards with one touchdown and an interception. Alfred Morris ran for
31 yards on 12 carries, putting him over 1,000 yards for the
season. … The Chiefs went 4-0 this season vs. the NFC East,
Reid’s old division from his years with the Philadelphia Eagles.
… Redskins RB Evan Royster was carted off the field in the first
half with a severely sprained left ankle. … Chiefs CB Marcus
Cooper left with a bruised back.
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