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J. Charles, Reeling D: Stories KC Following

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 6, 2013 – 11:05 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Perhaps a little bit of slush can help stop the Kansas City Chiefs in their quest to the first playoff berth in three years.

As head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday afternoon at his first press conference at Redskins Park, the first since confirmation that his team had been eliminated from postseason contention, the burgundy and gold want to play spoiler to those dreaming of January/February football.

After winning their first nine games behind an intoxicating combination of power running and your father’s type of defense, the Chiefs have lost three straight including two to the Denver Broncos.

Last week, the Chiefs literally let the game slip out of their hands as they dropped three deep passes that ESPN’s Adam Teicher believes could have given Kansas City enough to take down the mighty Peyton Manning.

More of what Kansas City and national media are following this week:

The Chiefs defense was terrorizing to start the season, holding every opponent to 17 points or less. It didn’t matter if you created a Pro Bowl laden squad of the best in the league—they wouldn’t have scored 17 points, either.

But recently they’ve looked more like a unit—that while combating injuries—that can’t hang with some of the most potent offenses in the league. In fact, they’ve give up over 400 yards, 35-plus points and have only two sacks in recent weeks.

Still, going up against a read-option attack they have little experience against, they’re confident the Nation’s Capital is the perfect remedy for their anguish.

As London Fletcher reminded the media yesterday in the locker room, the Redskins have faced a bevy of fantastic running backs this season. It will continue Sunday when they face the Pro Bowl caliber Jamaal Charles.

Charles, who leads the AFC in yards from scrimmage (1,463), said that he is gunning to break more records beyond his franchise-high four 1,000-yard seasons.

KCCheifs.com insider Reid Ferrin has your full scoop on how the Chiefs know they have the opportunity to make the playoffs.

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