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By Stephen Czarda, Redskins.com 

On Sunday, the Washington Redskins hosted the Kansas City Chiefs under wintry conditions, as snow and sleet fell from the sky all afternoon. The elements along with a concoction of self-inflicted mishaps on offense, defense and special teams cost the Redskins, as the Chiefs waltzed to a 45-10 victory.

Washington is now 3-10 on the season.

The Chiefs rode Pro Bowl talent Jamaal Charles early and often, as the running back registered 151 yards on the ground on only 19 carries. In the second quarter, his two-yard touchdown gave Kansas City a sizable 24-0 lead.

Former No. 1 pick Alex Smith continued his rebound season in Kansas City as he tossed a pair of touchdown passes to include a crisp 21-yard connection with Dwayne Bowe.

Where Kansas City dominated, though, was in the return game.

The Redskins had already given up multiple return touchdowns this season, but had yet to allow two in one game.

That’s exactly what happened on Sunday, as the multifaceted Dexter McCluster returned a Sav Rocca punt 74 yards for a touchdown and Quintin Demps returned his first kickoff for six since his rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008.

Offensively, the Redskins failed to get into a groove both on the ground with Alfred Morris and through a snow-ridden aerial attack. Morris once again struggled on 12 carries, recording 31 yards—second lowest output of his nascent career.

Despite eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark, Morris has only 57 rushing yards in the last two games.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon also registered 1,000 yards on the season, as he continued his tremendous individual effort this season with five receptions for 37 yards.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III did not replicate his first half performance from a week ago, as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

In the fourth quarter with victory feasibly unobtainable and a lead too large to conquer, head coach Mike Shanahan inserted second-year quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cousins went 7-for-16 for 59 yards and a quarterback rating of 53.9.

The Redskins (3-1) hit the road this weekend as they travel to Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons (3-10).

Believed to be a vital late season matchup with playoff seeding implications soon after the season schedule was released, the reigning NFC South and NFC East champs will be playing for pride.

 

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