Andy Reid, Chiefs come to town with 3-0 record vs. NFC East

December 5, 2013
Andy Reid talks to quarterback Alex Smith about which high-percentage play to run versus the Raiders. (Associated Press Photo/Reed Hoffmann) Andy Reid talks to quarterback Alex Smith about which high-percentage play to run versus the Raiders. (Associated Press Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

The Washington Redskins on Sunday welcome to town a familiar face in Andy Reid, and a Kansas City Chiefs team that has made a dramatic turnaround from 2-14 last season to 9-3 in Reid’s first season at the helm.

The Chiefs have lost their past three games (two to Denver and one to San Diego) and look to get back on track this week and continue their quest for the playoffs.

“Kansas City is a very talented team on both sides of the football. … One of the things they’ve done a great job of is their turnover ratio — tied for first on defense, No. 1 on offense,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said of the Chiefs, who have recorded a league-best 26 takeaways while committing only 12 turnovers of their own. “When you do that you get some great field position and they’ve taken advantage of it. A lot of talent on both sides of the ball.”

The Redskins on Sunday will try to do something that no other NFC East team has done this season: Beat the Chiefs.

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Reid thus far has led his team to victories over his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and two of his former division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

The Chiefs edged Dallas, 17-16, in Week 2, then topped Philadelphia, 26-16, the following week. The week after that, Kansas City blew out New York, 31-7.

Reid, who spent 14 seasons in Philadelphia, obviously has great familiarity with all four NFC East teams.

But he said he doesn’t know if that has served as an advantage this season.

“I think the players played well and the coaches had a good plan against them,” he said. “I don’t know how much me knowing the NFC East, how much that really helped. I know Jim Haslett and Mike Shanahan, I’ve had ups and I’ve had downs against them — my teams have — against them. Jim Haslett throws a different look at you every time you play him, so it’s always a challenge. We’re all working through that part. It’s hard to know exactly what you’re going to get from them because they’re good coaches, and they mix it up.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice Thursday at 11:50 a.m. Coordinators Kyle Shanahan and Jim Haslett are expected to speak with reporters afterward.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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