The Washington Redskins are NFL wagering underdogs against the Kansas City Chiefs, but have found a place in the hearts of little kids – and Colin Kaepernick, who is just a big kid – all over with their generosity, as displayed by running backs Rob Kelley and Keith Marshall. The internet is now all atwitter with their kindness, but don’t expect the Chiefs to be moved when they meet on the gridiron.
Now the kid can play Madden 18 as not-Colin Kaepernickhttps://t.co/foJbBeem7u
— Robert Stump (@bipolarbear3) September 29, 2017
- Date: Monday, 2nd October
- Time: 8:35 PM
- Venue: Arrowhead Stadium
- Sportsbook NFL Betting Online Odds:
Redskins +7 (-113) 49½ (-108)
Chiefs -7 (-107) 49½ (-112)
The Skins have steadily allowed fewer and fewer points; 30 in a week 1 loss to the Eagles, 20 in a win over the Rams, and 10 in Sunday’s win to the Raiders. This is not a coincidence. Washington’s defense has exponentially improved with each passing week and become the second-ranked rushing defense in the league with just 62.3 yards allowed per game. The Redskins will face their biggest defensive challenge so far in the Chiefs rookie running back and OROY candidate Kareem Hunt, who averages 133.6 rushing yards per game. The Skins’ staff and roster are not unaware of this. “He has great vision, number one. I mentioned the contact balance that he has, and obviously he has got the speed to run through holes,” head coach Jay Gruden said per the WaPo.
“He can run through blockers where [wide receiver Tyreek Hill] and [wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas] are scooting around them a little bit more, so we’ve got to make sure we have multiple hats there and get there,” added defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. Hey, maybe if you give him a free Xbox he’ll take it easy on you. Manusky’s plan, actually, is to “get a lot of hats around him, make sure that we tackle him.” Whether or not Washington can contain Hunt will be a decisive factor for the Skins to stay within the seven-point NFL wagering spread.
On offense, starting quarterback Kirk Cousins is coming off one of, if not the, best performance of his career completing 25 of 30 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns and outshining his better remunerated opponent on Sunday, Derek Carr. Cousins was, a result of that display, named the NFC offensive player of the week. It was the fourth time in the last three seasons that Cousins has passed for at least 350 yards with three touchdowns and zero picks. One of those scoring passes went to second-year wide receiver Josh Doctson, his first reception of the season.
Like Michigan J. Frog, who refused to perform for any individual other than its owner, Doctson reportedly made great catches in practice but had yet to make one during an official game. “We have seen that in practice,” Gruden said via ESPN. “It was good to see it in a game finally. Now it is a matter of continuing to work on his route tree.” Should Cousins and Doctson establish good chemistry against the Chief, the NFL wagering total could once again go over as in three of the Redskins’ last four games against the Chiefs.