Redskins vs. Chiefs: Game day notes and fast facts

Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris needs four yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins try to put an end to a four-game losing streak as they host the Kansas City Chiefs at 1 p.m. today on CBS.

Washington enters this game with a 3-9 record while the Chiefs, who themselves have lost their last three games, own a 9-3 record.

Kansas City leads the all-time series with a 7-1 record. The Chiefs won the last matchup 14-6 on Oct. 18, 2009.

Washington ranks eighth in the NFL in total offense, averaging 386.2 yards a game, while Kansas City is tied for 16th with 337.3 yards per outing. The Redskins boast the league’s top rushing attack (150.4 ypg) while the Chiefs rank 11th (124.0).

Washington generates 235.8 passing yards a game (16th) and the Chiefs 213.3 (24th). But Kansas City has the edge in the scoring department, averaging 24.8 points a game (9th) while Washington averages 22.4 points per game (19th).

On defense, Kansas City leads the NFL with 26 takeaways (14 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries). The Redskins have 18 takeaways this season (11 interceptions, seven fumbles). The teams allow similar production in yardages as the Chiefs yield an average of 366.3 yards per game (21st in the NFL) and the Redskins 374 (23rd). The Chiefs give up 249 passing yards a game (21st) while the Redskins allow 265 (27th). The Redskins limit opponents to 108 rushing yards a game (14th) while the Chiefs give up 117 per outing (20th).

The big difference comes in the scoring department where the Chiefs limit opponents to 17.8 points per game (fourth-fewest) and the Redskins allow 30.2 per game (second-most).

Here are some things to look for in this game:

  • The Redskins need 195 rushing yards to break the 2,000-yard mark for a second consecutive season. It would mark the first time that the team has done so since 2005-06.
  • Washington has recorded 100 rushing yards in 11 consecutive games – the second-longest streak of the Mike Shanahan era (13).
  • The Redskins defense has forced a turnover in 11 of its 12 games this season.
  • Wide receiver Pierre Garcon needs 20 receiving yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark.
  • Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs two interceptions to give him 24 as a Redskin and move into a tie with Ken Houston for ninth-most in team history.
  • Running back Alfred Morris needs four rushing yards to post the 24th 1,000-yard rushing season in team history. He would become the first Redskins running back since Clinton Portis in 2007-08 to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
  • Morris has 2,609 rushing yards in his first two NFL seasons combined. He is chasing Curtis Martin (14th with 2,639) and Terrell Davis (13th with 2,655) on the all-time list for rushing yards in a player’s first two NFL seasons.
  • Linebacker Brian Orakpo needs two sacks to become the fifth player in team history to record 40 sacks. He would join Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, Monte Coleman and Ken Harvey on that list.

Some connections between these teams:

  • Former Redskins offensive tackle Andy Heck (1999-2000) serves as offensive line coach for Kansas City.
  • Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas served as Redskins receivers coach from 1986-94.
  • Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett and Chiefs secondary coach Al Harris and linebacker Frank Zombo played together for the Green Bay Packers in 2010. Harris played cornerback.
  • Cornerback DeAngelo Hall played under Emmitt Thomas in Atlanta from 2004-07 when Thomas served as assistant head coach.
  • Defensive end Chris Baker and Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano and cornerback Sean Smith all played together for the Miami Dolphins in 2010.
  • Wide receiver Josh Bellamy, who was promoted from the practice squad last week, played for the Chiefs in 2011. Safety Jose Gumbs was a member of the Chiefs practice squad last season.
  • Safety Brandon Meriweather and Chiefs defensive tackle Kyle Love played together in New England in 2010.
  • Tackle Tyler Polumbus and Kansas City defensive back Ron Parker played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011.
  • Backup quarterback Rex Grossman played with Chiefs cornerback Dunta Robinson for the Houston Texans in 2009.
  • Punter Sav Rocca and Chiefs safety Quintin Demps played for the Eagles in 2008-09.
  • Rocca and linebacker Darryl Tapp played for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia from 2007-10 and 2010-12, respectively.
  • Linebacker Brian Orakpo and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles were teammates at the University of Texas from 2005-07.
  • Guard Adam Gettis and Chiefs linebacker Dezman Moses played for Iowa together in 2008.
  • Tight end Jordan Reed and Kansas City defensive tackle Jaye Howard played for Florida in 2009-10.
  • Linebacker Perry Riley and Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe and defensive end Tyson Jackson were teammates at LSU at various points from 2006-08.
  • Center Will Montgomery, Tapp, reicever Josh Morgan and Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers all played together at Virginia Tech.
  • Safety Bacarri Rambo and Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston played for Georgia from 2009-10.
  • Tackle Trent Williams and Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson played together at Oklahoma in 2008.
  • Linebacker Brandon Jenkins and Chiefs center Rodney Hudson played together at Florida State from 2009-10.
  • Wide receiver Nick Williams and Chiefs running back Anthony Sherman played together at Connecticut from 2009-10.

 

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