‘Monday Night Football’ score, takeaways: Smith vaults Kansas City past Washington

The Alex Smith-led
Kansas City Chiefs
are here to save the 2017 NFL season. In a season lacking good teams — the
New England Patriots
‘ defense stinks, the
Seattle Seahawks
‘ offensive line is a catastrophe, the
Green Bay Packers
always need their quarterback to perform like a god, the
Atlanta Falcons
have been playing down to their level of competition, etc. — the Chiefs have been the lone exception. At the quarter mark of the season, they’re the best team in football, evidenced by their NFL-best 4-0 record.

They got to 4-0 by beating the
Washington Redskins
, 29-20, on Monday night, which came after wins against the Patriots (in Foxborough), the
Philadelphia Eagles
(at home), and the
Los Angeles Chargers
(in Los Angeles). That’s not the easiest slate of games to open up a season. It’s a schedule that only a well-coached, talented team could’ve survived unscathed. And that’s exactly what the Chiefs did.

At Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night, the Chiefs were hardly perfect. Missing three offensive linemen, they failed to open up holes for
Kareem Hunt
or provide solid pass protection for Smith, who looked jumpy in the pocket at times. These weren’t the primetime Chiefs we saw in Week 1, when they torched the Patriots. These were the Chiefs of previous seasons — a team that relies on top-notch defensive play and just enough offense to get the job done. But it worked.

Meanwhile, give credit to the Redskins — now 2-2 — for going into a hostile environment against the league’s best team and almost leaving with a win despite dealing with countless injuries on the defensive side of the ball. Washington is legit. The offense might not be as explosive as it was a year ago — that’s what happens when you…

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