5 Bold Predictions for Redskins Week 14 Matchup
As the ol' ball coach would say, "Welp, not very good."
Fortunately—or sadly, depending on how you look at it—the Redskins have another four games to play before they can call it a season. This Sunday, they welcome the 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs to town to battle an all too familiar foe in head coach Andy Reid.
Here's five bold predictions for Washington's tall task this weekend.
1. No Turnovers for Washington
A pitiful prediction, if you think about it, but it would be bucking the Redskins' trend this season after watching them commit at least one turnover in 11 of their 12 games.
Coloring it with a bold label comes by way of the Chiefs defense having forced at least one turnover in 11 of their 12 games.
Last week, we saw the Redskins offense include some early rhythm passing for Robert Griffin III—short, quick, high-percentage throws designed to build early confidence. We can expect that same sort of plan against Kansas City on Sunday, given their stout pass rush (with or without Justin Houston).
Assuming Griffin plays a smart game, the only other unit that could cause concern is special teams. This particular group of players haven't necessarily done a good job of convincing anyone of their reliability this season, but that's what bold predictions are for!
The Kansas City offense is good, but far from great. Don't turn the ball over to give them extra chances to score, and you can keep yourself in the game.
2. Dwayne Bowe Won't Threaten
Despite being the Chiefs' primary wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe has been extremely quiet this season with just 45 catches and four touchdowns.
On Sunday, expect Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall to lock Bowe down, deny him of a score and limit the 6'2" receiver to less than 60 yards on the day.
There may not be much to like about this Redskins defense right now, but Hall's name doesn't touch that list. The 30-year-old veteran has been solid all year, even against the league's best.
The same goes for this Sunday.
3. Jamaal Charles Is Fantasy Gold
Jamaal Charles is a lock for your fantasy team this Sunday, whether you roster him in your work league or partake in the ultimate degenerate Olympics more commonly known as daily fantasy sports.
According to FanDuel's website, Charles is this week's most expensive running back with a $9,600 salary, which also makes him the fifth-highest priced player at any position for this Sunday.
In any case, sometimes guys are worth the coin, even if they do account for almost 20 percent of your roster cap.
Over his last two games, Charles is averaging 24.35 fantasy points, according to FanDuel's scoring format. Furthermore, over his last four games, Charles is averaging 5.81 yards per carry with three touchdowns.
Compound Charles' stellar play this season with a Washington defense yielding more fantasy points to opposing running backs than any other team in the league, and you're looking at a more than favorable matchup with Charles in your lineup this week.
4. Alex Smith Tosses 2 Touchdowns
Alex Smith has been held to no passing touchdowns in five games this season, but don't expect the Redskins defense to increase that number to six come Sunday.
On the contrary, look for Smith—the fan-appointed most average starting quarterback on the planet—to toss for two scores or more.
This Redskins defense is bad, and an underperforming front seven doesn't make things easy for a struggling secondary that has a talent deficiency of its own.
For the season, the Redskins have allowed the third most passing touchdowns in the league. Meanwhile, Smith has been on fire as of late, throwing for seven touchdowns in his last three games.
5. Redskins Cover
Vegas isn't giving us a lot of room to work with this week. Kansas City is only a three-point favorite on the road. However, the Chiefs have lost three straight games after starting the season 9-0, and the Redskins will have an opportunity to take advantage of a very good defense that hasn't quite played up to par since the bye week.
Through their first nine games, the Chiefs defense allowed more than 100 rushing yards in a game only four times. Since then, they've allowed more than 100 rushing yards in each of their last three.
Through their first nine games, the Chiefs' season-high for passing yards allowed in a single game was 283 to Cleveland in Week 8. During the last three weeks, the Chiefs have allowed passing totals of 323, 387 and 403.
Perhaps most importantly, the Chiefs have just three turnovers since their bye week, which comes following an average of 2.5 per game en route to their nine consecutive wins to start the season.
The Redskins offensive rankings are a bit skewed given the team only has three wins on the year. However, if the stars align, the wind blows at just the right speed and the ocean's tides shift accordingly, this Washington offense has the potential and ability to score points. Even on Kansas City's defense.