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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Chiefs could be facing a battle with Washington

Injury to Fisher makes Kansas City harder to trust

Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt has been in brilliant form
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Week four
Sky Sports Action, 1.30am Tuesday

Kansas City have arguably been the team of the NFL season to date but visitors Washington look the sensible handicap bet getting a big start.

The Chiefs shook the league with their opening-night rally to beat champions New England and have since dispatched Philadelphia by seven points at Arrowhead Stadium and the Chargers in their new LA home.

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt is just 25-1 to be league MVP while wide receiver Tyreek Hill has blistering pace and tight end Travis Kelce could go well against the Washington defence.


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But an injury to left tackle Eric Fisher makes the Chiefs harder to trust than usual.

If he can’t play, Andy Reid may decide to switch impressive right tackle Mitchell Schwartz to the key position on the left, but any reshuffle will be a major negative.

Washington’s confidence should have soared with their 27-10 win over a vaunted Oakland side last week.

And though a trip to the intimidating atmosphere of Arrowhead can take the wind out of any team’s sails – and they have injury issues at running back – they should be competitive.

Recommendation
Washington +7
1pt 10-11 Sky Bet


The lowdown

TV Sky Sports Main Event & Action
Starts 1.30am
Venue Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Surface Grass
Weather Mostly cloudy, 23C
Vegas handicap Washington +7
Vegas points line 49.5

Key stat
Kansas City have won their last five home games against Washington

Team news
Washington Safety DJ Swearinger (hamstring), tight end Jordan Reed (ribs), running back Rob Kelley (ribs), linebackers Mason Foster (shoulder) and Will Compton (ankle) and wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) are all rated questionable.

Kansas City Linebacker Dee Ford (back) is out. Left tackle Eric Fisher (back) could also miss the game.

Washington’s confidence should have soared with their 27-10 win over a vaunted Oakland side last week
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