5 things to know about Washington-Chiefs heading into Week 6

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The Washington Football Team will see a familiar face on Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid come to town in Week 6. Reid was the head coach of the Eagles for 14 seasons and has faced Washington more than any other coach in the NFL.

Surprisingly, this week’s game features a pair of 2-3 teams. The Chiefs have struggled after two straight Super Bowl appearances, primarily due to the NFL’s worst defense.

Meanwhile, Washington, the defending NFC East champions, has also struggled due to terrible defensive play. The difference between the two teams is Washington’s defense was expected to be the team’s strength.

Now, here are five things you should know about the Chiefs heading into Week 6:

Washington has 1 win all-time vs. the Chiefs

Oct 2, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) catches a pass for a touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) defends during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Football Team and Kansas City Chiefs have only met 10 times in the history of the NFL. And, it may surprise you, Washington only has one victory against Kansas City, which came all the way back in 1983.

If you grew up a Washington fan and can’t remember the last time Washington beat the Chiefs, now you know why. The Chiefs have won the previous seven meetings, many of which haven’t been particularly close. The last meeting in 2017 came down to the wire, with Alex Smith in his final season with the Chiefs before his trade to Washington.

History between Ron Rivera and Andy Reid

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, shakes hands with Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, right, after a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. The Panthers won 28-16. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

It was Kansas City head coach Andy Reid who gave Ron Rivera his first full-time coaching gig back in 1999. Reid hired Rivera to be his linebackers coach, where he spent five seasons before becoming the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2004.

Reid spoke of his fondness for Rivera this week.

Andy Reid's success against Washington

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid spent 14 seasons as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. During that time, he had a record of 17-11 against Washington. He was a constant thorn in the side of the different Washington regimes. He’s 2-0 against Washington as head coach of the Chiefs, sporting an overall record of 19-11 against the WFT.

Patrick Mahomes and the legendary start to his NFL career

Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) motions on the line of scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Washington will see Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the first time on Sunday. Mahomes was with the Chiefs in 2017, but he was a rookie backup to Smith.

Mahomes is already a legend in his fifth NFL season. He is off to the best start of any quarterback in NFL history through his first 50 starts. Mahomes doesn’t throw many interceptions; he can also move. Washington’s defense will have its hands full on Sunday.

A lack of defense

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris, left, catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Washington Football Team safety Landon Collins the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Fans could very well be seeing two historically bad defensive units on Sunday. These two teams are two of only four NFL teams to allow the opposition to average over 30 points per game. Washington and the Chiefs are No. 31 and No. 32 in scoring defense, respectively.

So, this doesn’t feel like the week Washington’s defense gets moving in the right direction.

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