Washington concludes chaotic week with tedious loss to Chiefs

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WFT concludes chaotic week with tedious loss to Chiefs originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Each week in the NFL has a flow to it, and typically, the game is where the energy peaks.

Typically.

For the Washington Football Team, however, their 31-13 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday was far from the most interesting part of their recent stretch. Honestly, it wasn't really that interesting at all.

Though the Burgundy and Gold did lead versus Kansas City at the half, they failed to register a single point in the third and fourth quarters as they watched a potential major upset slowly morph into a predictable, standard defeat.

The result, which dropped Washington to a 2-4 record, marked the conclusion of a week that included Ron Rivera taking questions about making changes to his defensive scheme or coaching staff and, much more notably, the franchise having to answer for its mishandling of Sean Taylor's jersey retirement. 

Yes, Jack Del Rio's side didn't fully embarrass itself in its clash with K.C. 

The group squeezed three turnovers out of the visitors and limited them to 17 points through three quarters. It appeared like they ran out of gas in the fourth, though, where they ceded a couple of touchdowns that made the final margin an ugly one and their final statistics quite unsightly. 

And fortunately for the organization, the Taylor-related celebrations went well, too.

There was no sign of the anger that thousands of fans had expressed on social media since Thursday's out-of-nowhere announcement that the beloved safety's number would be retired. Instead, those in attendance were simply able to pay homage to an icon and forget all of the drama that preceded the festivities.

But just because Sunday's contest was relatively boring doesn't mean it didn't have consequences.

Taylor Heinicke, who very much wanted to bounce back after struggling last weekend against the New Orleans Saints, very much didn't bounce back. He's starting to fade a bit at quarterback.

And while Del Rio's unit did generate a trio of takeaways, it was once again ineffective on third downs (the Chiefs went 11 of 17 in those spots) and undisciplined (a Montez Sweat penalty proved especially costly and allowed the AFC West power to remain on the field and eventually reach the end zone).

So, Ron Rivera's club will look ahead to their Week 7 trip to Green Bay, which is most definitely not a place they'd prefer to break their two-game losing skid. Maybe this time, things will be quieter as they prepare for that tilt.

But if you know how this team works, you also know that's serious wishful thinking. 

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