Kansas City Chiefs run over Washington Redskins

Kansas City Chiefs

Dexter McCluster eludes defenders on the way to the endzone and a record setting performance. (kcchiefs.com)

The Kansas City Chiefs came into the nation’s Capitol on Sunday and handed the Redskins a punishing 45-10 loss that may have sparked big changes in the near future for the Redskins themselves. The Chiefs special teams were really the story of the day, marked by a Chiefs-record breaking performance by return man Dexter McCluster.

What went wrong?

Not a whole lot, that’s for sure. There were times where the Chiefs’ defense looked a little bit relaxed and let some passes be caught that shouldn’t have been, but then again when you are up by such a large margin the defense does seem to give a bit of a cushion. Other than that, the Chiefs did an excellent job containing RGIII and limiting their success in both the passing and running games.

What went right?

The Chiefs’ special teams had an incredible performance on Sunday, probably the best I can ever remember. Dexter McCluster set the Chiefs record for punt return yards and a game, also having a touchdown, and Quintin Demps had a kickoff return score of his own against the Redskins as well.

The Chiefs’ offense played well, putting 17 points on the board in the first quarter, but all the drives were due to a short field in result of great special teams play.

Dwayne Bowe has continued to play a bigger role in the Chiefs passing attack recently, and Alex Smith has continued to be more efficient and effective with his downfield passes as of late.

Knile Davis was a factor in the Chiefs’ victory today in the rushing attack. His name has been called more often the past two weekends of football and this is exactly what needs to happen. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come to help give relief to Jamaal Charles, who had another stellar performance Sunday, in hopes to have him 100% healthy come playoff time.

The Chiefs’ defense finally looked like themselves again and made great plays to prevent anything from getting started for the Redskins. KC had a great blitz scheme, something that has not been anywhere in sight as of late.

What needs to change?

It’s hard to find things to change when a team wins by 35 points on the road. The Chiefs have areas where they can still improve, however, in hopes to continue to gain momentum into the playoffs. As always, improving in the passing game is something the Chiefs can work on, but they have become more balanced lately which is a good thing heading into the final three games of the regular season. The defense played really well Sunday afternoon, but needs to continue to build off of their performance and not have another collapse like they had the past few games.

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Looking forward

The Chiefs play Oakland next week in hopes of winning the season series with them. It should be a very manageable game as Oakland has not played well as of late and seem to be overpowered by all facets of the Chiefs team. Look for the Chiefs to build of off this week and to continue to get better as a unit in the final remaining regular season games.

Game time: 3:05 PM CST at O.co Coliseum.

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