Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Chiefs

Ryan Grant and Josh Doctson celebrate a touchdown on Monday. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins enter the bye week with a 2-2 record after a tough loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. They had their chances, and they certainly gave the Chiefs more of a fight than some within Kansas City’s organization admitted after the game. But, ultimately, the Redskins fell short and will look back at this game knowing a few small changes could have produced a different outcome.

Here are five observations from Monday night’s loss.

1. Discipline needs on defense – It’s the little things that often define games in the NFL, and the Redskins couldn’t find a way to avoid self-inflicted wounds.

Defensive penalties undid Washington. Bashaud Breeland drew flags three times (illegal contact, horse collar tackle and illegal use of hands), all of which produced first downs for the Chiefs. Preston Smith committed three (two offsides calls and one neutral zone infraction). None of Smith’s penalties produced first downs, but twice his penalties put Kansas City in more manageable situations, and they capitalized and scored touchdowns on two of the possessions where Smith committed penalties. Ziggy Hood also jumped offsides on a third-quarter second-and-1 play, giving the Chiefs a first down.

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