Redskins embarrassed by Kansas City 45-10

Redskins embarrassed by Kansas City 45-10
December 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Game Recap: 
The crowd that gathered at FedEx Field started out small. By the end of the second quarter, though, it was considerably smaller. 

Indeed, things turned ugly in a hurry for Robert Griffin III and the punchless Redskins, who suffered a fifth consecutive loss in humiliating fashion, 45-10, to the Chiefs.

The defeat dropped Washington to 3-10, while Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak and improved 10-3.

On a snow-covered field in Landover, Md., the Redskins found themselves trailing 38-10 at halftime because of a miscue-riddled offense, a poor-tackling defense and—you guessed it—disastrous special teams.

Dexter McCluster returned a punt 60-yards to set up the Chiefs’ first touchdown. About 10 minutes later, McCluster took one back all the way, racing 74-yards to put Kansas City ahead 31-0 at 10:05 of the second quarter.

The Redskins responded with a splendid one-handed, toe-tap reception by Logan Paulsen in the back of the end zone that cut their deficit to 31-7.

Then the home team’s ill-prepared special teams took the field again. And on the ensuing kickoff, Quintin Demps scored on a 95-yard return that put the Chiefs ahead 38-7 with 1:07 remaining in the first half.  

After spotting Kansas City 38 points in the opening the 30 minutes, the Redskins have yielded 226 points in the first half this season. That’s the most in franchise history.

By the time Chiefs made it 45-10 early in the fourth quarter, FedEx Field was less than half full—and was quickly emptying out.

Some of the fans that stayed began to cheer when Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin early in the fourth quarter. Griffin was 12 of 26 for 164 yards, a touchdown and an interception when he was pulled from the game that, in many ways, typified the Redskins’ 2013 season.

Key Moment: It arrived early. The Chiefs were already ahead 10-0 when Griffin telegraphed a pass to Pierre Garçon, allowing linebacker Derrick Johnson to step in between the quarterback and receiver and make an easy interception. Johnson returned the ball 40 yards to the Redskins’ 25. Three plays later, Smith hit Dwayne Bowe for a 21-yard touchdown that put the Chiefs ahead 17-0 with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter. The Redskins never recovered.

Player of the Game: In the first half alone, McCluster racked up 158 yards on four returns, including a scintillating 74-yard scamper for a score. 

Injury Update: Reserve running back Evan Royster left the game in the first half with a high (left) ankle sprain.

Tight end Jordan Reed sat out a third consecutive game because of a concussion. He had been hopeful of playing for a second straight week.

Safety Brandon Meriweather was also sidelined. He suffered a bruised sternum against the Giants and was limited in practice all week.

Meantime, fullback Darrel Young also was out for a third straight game because of a hamstring pull.

From the Locker Room: Please check back for postgame updates from the podium and the locker room.

News and Notes:

--Several Redskins, including Pierre Garçon and Griffin, said that players were unaware of the pre-game reports of a rift between Coach Mike Shanahan and Owner Dan Snyder. “I don’t know nothing about it all,” he said.
--Griffin added: “I didn’t hear about it. And I hope no one heard about that because I wouldn’t want that to be what happened out on the field today.”
--More Garçon: “It wasn’t the coach’s fault. …I’m not worried about anybody’s future. My future is what I’m worried about because I can only control that. It doesn’t matter who I play for …I’m going to give 100-percent.”
--Cousins: [Coach Mike Shanahan] just told me with the score being what it was, I’d go in and finish the game. That’s kind of the role of the backup. If the game gets out of hand in either direction, you put in the backup quarterback. And that’s what we did.”
--Shanahan on whether he’s ever experienced a season like this: “No, not with a football team that did what we did the year before. …It’s frustrating. I’ve got to do a better job of getting these guys ready.”
--Alfred Morris, asked if Shanahan has lost the team: “We have to go out there and play. They just call our plays. We have to go out there and execute. I don’t see how you can get that, saying, ‘Oh, the Coach’s message is not getting through.’ That’s definitely far from the truth.”
--Brian Orakpo on Shanahan: “He hasn’t lost the team. We’ve been working our tails off each and every day. We have his back. I have his back 100-percent. All these rumors and stories, I don’t care about that.”