1:00 PM ET, December 8, 2013
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Sunday Blitz: Chiefs-Redskins Recap
LANDOVER, Md. -- 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.
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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 monotone.
"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."
"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 second half.
"You gotta go out there and play no matter what kind of conditions outside," Charles said. "Sleet, snow -- you gotta go."
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.
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.
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 08: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up prior to playing an NFL...(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.7||4.0|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-5||1-1|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||2||0|
|FG||11:30||Ryan Succop 33 Yd||3||0|
|TD||05:52||Jamaal Charles 2 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick)||10||0|
|TD||01:02||Dwayne Bowe 22 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick)||17||0|
|TD||11:27||Jamaal Charles 5 Yd Pass From Alex Smith (Ryan Succop Kick)||24||0|
|TD||09:45||Dexter McCluster 74 Yd Punt Return (Ryan Succop Kick)||31||0|
|TD||01:07||Logan Paulsen 7 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick)||31||7|
|TD||00:53||Quintin Demps 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Ryan Succop Kick)||38||7|
|FG||00:00||Kai Forbath 50 Yd||38||10|
|TD||13:37||Knile Davis 17 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick)||45||10|
Yesterday's blowout loss to the Chiefs likely ranks as the lowest point of Robert Griffin III's young career... RGIII's completion percent of 46.2 and his meager Total QBR of just SIX-POINT-SEVEN were the LOWEST in his 28 career regular season games; and his 5 sacks were the 2nd-most.[+]
Bottoming Out - Robert Griffin III vs Chiefs Sunday
Robert Griffin III was 12-for-26 for 164 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Griffin's 46.2 completion percentage was the worst of his career, "highlighted" by his performance on short throws. Griffin finished 2-of-8 for 7 yards and an interception on throws 5 yards downfield or fewer. Griffin had never finished below 50 percent in a game on short throws. The Redskins didn't attempt a zone-read rush on Sunday for only the second time of Griffin's career when healthy.[+]
Robert Griffin III Passing 5 Yds or Fewer, 2013
Robert Griffin's 6.7 Total QBR against the Chiefs was the worst in a game in his career. His Total QBR this season is 40.1, down from 73.2 last season (5th in NFL). That is a decrease of 33.1 points this season, the worst differential by any qualified QB in the NFL this season.[+]
Andy Reid is now a perfect 4-0 against the NFC East this season.[+]
Andy Reid vs NFC East This Season
This is the second time in Chiefs history they had a kickoff return TD and punt return TD in the same game. It also happened in 2002 vs the Rams.
The Chiefs now have 5 special teams TD this season, the most in the NFL. Entering Sunday, there were `17 teams that did not have a single one this season.[+]
Most Special Teams TD This Season
Jamaal Charles had 19 rushes for 151 yards and a touchdown today, as well as two catches for 8 yards and another touchdown. Charles' 74 rush yards after contact is the second-highest total of his career (152, Week 17 of 2009 vs Broncos).
The Redskins allowed 2 special teams touchdowns to the Chiefs, and have allowed an NFL-high 5 special teams touchdowns this season (1 kickoff return, 3 punt return and 1 blocked punt return). They are allowing the most yards per punt return this season (18.0), all reasons they have the worst special teams EPA in the NFL.[+]
Worst Special Teams EPA This Season
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