Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt vs. Washington LB Zach Brown
The Redskins face their toughest test yet as they try to slow Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. A 5-foot-11, 216-pound, third-round pick out of Toledo, Hunt has already gained 401 yards and four touchdowns on 47 carries through three games. He’s averaging 8.5 yards per carry, and 133.7 yards a game.
Washington’s defense has proven formidable against the run. The Redskins have held foes to just 62.3 yards per game, second fewest in the league. Washington has done well in the trenches, and linebacker Zach Brown has shined, racking up 33 tackles (second-most in the league) through three games. But Brown & Co. haven’t faced a challenge like Hunt.
Kansas City CB Terrence Mitchell vs. Washington WR Josh Doctson
Doctson finally made some noise, hauling in a 52-yard touchdown catch in Washington’s 27-10 victory over the Raiders last week. It’s expected his opportunities to impact this offense will go up now that he has started to earn the trust of his coaches and quarterback. Doctson will likely match up with Mitchell, who has gotten off to a strong start in his second season with the Chiefs, and he recorded two interceptions and four pass breakups in last week’s win over the Chargers.
Kansas City LB Ramik Wilson vs. Washington RB Chris Thompson
Thompson is coming off of the finest game of his career after recording 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns to go with 38 rushing yards. He leads the team with four touchdowns (two receiving, two rushing) and has proven clutch on third downs. Wilson and the chiefs will have their hands full as they try to limit the Redskins’ versatile back. The Chiefs have struggled against the run, yielding 279 passing yards per game, and 13.7 yards per reception. However, Kansas City is hard to score on. Foes muster just 19 points per game (seventh fewest in the NFL).