1. Contain Kareem Hunt
Throughout the first three contests of the NFL season, the sparkplug for the Chiefs has been Kareem Hunt. The rookie was expected to enter the season as the backup to Spencer Ware, but the starter went down with a PCL injury in the preseason that will keep him out for the season. That may have ended up being a blessing in disguise for the Chiefs, as Hunt had no competition at the starting slot following that.
In all facets of the game, Hunt has been terrific. He already has totaled 401 rushing yards and 538 scrimmage yards. The former total leads the league, and he only trails the resurgent Todd Gurley in that scrimmage yards. The Redskins are going to have their hands full with Hunt, but they have a strong enough front seven to at least contain him.
The key to doing this will be Zach Brown. Brown, the newest Redskins linebacker, has been fantastic to start the year and is one of the main reasons that the team has been able to improve so greatly on defense. Brown will be tasked with stopping Hunt at the point of attack on run plays and he may have to cover him a fair amount on Monday night as well.
Additionally, the Redskins could get help from their safety tandem of Montae Nicholson and D.J. Swearinger to slow down Hunt. The duo need to be hyper aware of where Hunt is so they can track him down and make quick, instinctive plays to help tackle him.
Hunt is a threat that the Redskins have to contain. They don’t need to neutralize him entirely, but the Chiefs should be heavily favored if Hunt is able to play like he has in the first three weeks. He is definitely a player to keep an eye on during tonight’s contest.