The Washington Times - December 8, 2013, 10:18AM

After being eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the New York Giants a week ago, the Washington Redskins will begin closing out the final month of their season with a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Redskins have lost their last four games, but coach Mike Shanahan insisted earlier in the week that he will not play some of the team’s lesser experienced players merely to evaluate them. Rather, the team will proceed with its starters – and should get a boost as several return from injury, including tight ends Jordan Reed and Niles Paul and fullback Darrel Young.

Kansas City, which won its first nine games for the first time since 2003, is coming off a three-game losing streak that includes a pair of defeats in games against the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs have the league’s best turnover differential at plus-14, but have turned the ball over four times during their three losses. They’ll be without starting left tackle Branden Albert and top pass rusher Justin Houston because of injury.

Some other details:


Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (85,000)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Records: Redskins 3-9, Chiefs 4-7

Television: CBS (Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots)

Radio: ESPN 980-AM (Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, Chris Cooley, Doc Walker)

Weather: 31 degrees, rain and snow

Lines: Chiefs by 3, over/under 44 per Bovada

Projected Starters

Redskins Offense: QB Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Joshua Morgan, TE Fred Davis, FB Darrel Young, LT Trent Williams, LG Kory Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester, RT Tyler Polumbus

Redskins Defense: DE Jarvis Jenkins, NT Barry Cofield, DE Stephen Bowen, OLB Ryan Kerrigan, ILB London Fletcher, ILB Perry Riley, OLB Brian Orakpo, CB DeAngelo Hall, CB Josh Wilson, SS Reed Doughty, FS Brandon Meriweather

Chiefs Offense: QB Alex Smith, RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe, WR Donnie Avery, TE Sean McGrath, FB Anthony Sherman, LT Eric Fisher, LG Jeff Allen, C Rodney Hudson, RG Jon Asamoah, RT Geoff Schwartz

Chiefs Defense: DE Tyson Jackson, NT Dontari Poe, DE Mike DeVito, OLB Frank Zombo, ILB Akeem Jordan, ILB Derrick Johnson, OLB Tamba Hali, CB Brandon Flowers, CB Sean Smith, SS Eric Berry, FS Kendrick Lewis

Injury Report

Redskins: Probable – LT Trent Williams (soreness in foot), ILB London Fletcher (sprained left ankle), CB DeAngelo Hall (unspecified hip and back injuries), TE Niles Paul (stomach illness); Questionable – SS Reed Doughty (concussion), FS Brandon Meriweather (bruised sternum), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), FB Darrel Young (strained hamstring).

Chiefs: Probable – WR Donnie Avery (shoulder), WR Dexter McCluster (wrist), DE Mike DeVito (knee), C Rodney Hudson (elbow), RB Anthony Sherman (knee, ankle), CB Ron Parker (shoulder); Out – LT Branden Albert (sprained left knee), LB Justin Houston (dislocated left elbow), TE Anthony Fasano (concussion).


All-time: Chiefs lead regular-season series, 7-1

Last meeting: Oct. 18, 2009 (Week 6) – Chiefs 14, Redskins 6

Offensive ranks: Total – Redskins seventh, Chiefs 16th; Passing – Redskins 16th, Chiefs 23rd; Rushing – Redskins first, Chiefs 11th.

Defensive ranks: Total – Chiefs 21st, Redskins 23rd; Passing – Chiefs 21st, Redskins 27th; Rushing – Redskins 14th, Chiefs 20th.
Notable connections: Redskins free safety Jose Gumbs was on the Chiefs’ practice squad last year; Redskins wide receiver Josh Bellamy played three games for the Chiefs last year; Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles played at Texas from 2005 through 2007; Redskins wide receiver Nick Williams and Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman played at UConn in 2009 and 2010.