'Monday Night Football': How to Watch, Live-Stream Redskins Vs. Chiefs

Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs will look to stay perfect Monday night against the Redskins. Sean M. Haffrey/Getty Images

Though the Kansas City Chiefs would go on to win the game, they were dealt a crushing blow in their season-opening game against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Eric Berry, the team's best defensive player, tore an achilles while covering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and his season was over. The Chiefs have certainly missed his presence in the defensive backfield, but not as much as one might think. Entering Monday night's game against the Redskins, they're the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL.

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The secret to the Chiefs's success has been breakout rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who has rushed for a league-leading 401 yards in three games, and the near-flawless play of quarterback Alex Smith, who had been known mostly as a game manager rather than someone who could light up a box score. Throw in a top-of-the-line defense (even without Berry) and a dominating home-field advantage, and you have what may be the best team in the league, a quarter of the way through the season—that is, if they can take care of business against the Redskins Monday night.

Before the season began, experts didn't think much of the Redskins. They'd be average, maybe, which is about how good they looked after a Week 1 loss to the Eagles and a Week 2 victory over the Rams. Things changed last week, though, when they demolished the undefeated Oakland Raiders, holding the AFC West frontrunner's high-powered offense to a measley 128 yards. Speaking of their defensive might, the Redskins have allowed only 816 yards through three games. In fact, the Redskins so far have allowed only 15 more rushing yards (187) than Kareem Hunt tallied last week against the Chargers alone (172). In other words, something's gotta give.

Both teams are in extremely competitive divisions, so every game is crucial. If the Chiefs win, they will be a game ahead of the 3-1 Broncos in the AFC West, and two games above the 2-2 Raiders. The 2-1 Redskins will need to win to keep pace with the 3-1 Eagles atop the NFC East. If they lose, they'll fall into a tie for second place with the 2-2 Cowboys. Fortunately for the Chiefs, Broncos and Raiders, the 0-4 Chargers don't look like they're going to challenge for a playoff spot. Same goes for the 0-4 Giants in the NFC East. Outside of the cellar dwellers, though, both of these divisions are up for grabs.

So, yeah, it's looking like a good game, but how do you watch it? As always, this week's edition of Monday Night Football will be broadcast on ESPN and live-streamed on the WatchESPN app. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET, and Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters will call the action.