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             === Chiefs throttle reeling Redskins to halt skid ===
 Landover,  MD (SportsNetwork.com)  - Dexter  McCluster returned  a punt  for a
 touchdown  and Quintin Demps did the same on a kickoff to highlight a 38-point
 first  half that led  the Kansas City Chiefs to a 45-10 rout of the Washington
 Redskins Sunday at a wintry FedEx Field.
 Alex  Smith passed  for 137 yards and  a pair of scores on 14-of-20 efficiency
 for  the  Chiefs (10-3), who  put the brakes on  a three-game skid in emphatic
 fashion.  Jamaal Charles ended  with a game-high 151 yards rushing and a TD on
 19 attempts and also caught a pass for another touchdown.
 "It  seems like a  year (since we last won)," Kansas City head coach Andy Reid
 remarked.  "Those are  dog years, as you  would say, each week that you have a
 loss  in the  NFL. So for the guys  to come back and rebound after that, I was
 proud of them."
 Dwayne Bowe added 69 yards and a receiving score on four grabs.
 Robert  Griffin  III was  an ineffective  12-of-26 for  164 yards, including a
 touchdown  to Logan Paulsen and a pick for the Redskins (3-10), who skidded to
 their fifth consecutive loss. Kirk Cousins finished the contest 7-of-16 for 59
 "It's  tough," Griffin said  of being replaced. "You want to be out there with
 your guys, but I understood the decision."
 Aldrick  Robinson  totaled 67  yards on four  receptions for Washington, while
 Evan  Royster exited  in the first half  with a high left ankle sprain and did
 not return.
 The  Chiefs moved to  the Redskins' 15 on their first drive of the contest and
 came  away with  Ryan Succop's 33-yard field goal. After the Redskins faltered
 on  the second third  down of the following series, a 57-yard punt return from
 McCluster gave the visitors the ball on the 13-yard line.
 Five plays later, Charles rolled in from the two and KC quickly led 10-0.
 Griffin  was picked off by Derrick Johnson six plays into the next series, and
 the  Chiefs  had the  ball at the  Washington 25 after  a 40-yard return. Bowe
 capped  that  brief drive with  a 21-yard catch-and-run  to paydirt to make it
 A  three-and-out  by the Redskins and  another solid McCluster return early in
 the  second quarter gave the Chiefs the ball at the hosts' 41-yard line. Smith
 connected with Charles for a 5-yard score and 24-0 margin five snaps later.
 Griffin  then coughed  up  the ball  deep  in his  own  territory, with  Demps
 scooping  it  up and  running into the  end zone from  16 yards away. However,
 replay reversed the call and forced the Redskins to punt.
 It  turned  out to  be a  bad choice, as  McCluster took  Sav Rocca's boot and
 returned it 74 yards the other way for a 31-0 score.
 Griffin  recovered  later in  the quarter  by hitting Paulsen  for a 7-yard TD
 pass,  but Demps returned  the ensuing kickoff 95 yards and Kansas City took a
 38-10  advantage  into the  break after  Washington's Kai  Forbath hit from 50
 yards away on the final play.
 It marked the first time the Chiefs recorded a punt and kickoff TD in the same
 game since Dante Hall accomplished both against St. Louis on Dec. 8, 2002.
 "Field  position  was great all  day between  defense and special teams," said
 Smith.  "We had great  starting position, and your chances to score go way up.
 We jumped on these guys early and kept going."
 Succop  missed a 34-yard try on the Chiefs' second drive of the third quarter,
 but Washington was still unable to mount any significant attack.
 Three plays into the fourth quarter, Kansas City's Knile Davis picked up a 17-
 yard TD run to make it a 45-10 contest.
 "I  take  full responsibility for  this game  today," Redskins head coach Mike
 Shanahan said. "I need to do a better job getting these guys ready to play."
                                   Game Notes
 Kansas  City improved to  8-1 all-time against Washington and has won six in a
 row  since  its lone loss to  the Redskins in  1983 ... Chiefs head coach Andy
 Reid  upped his career  record to 18-11 against his former NFC East rivals ...
 McCluster's   177  punt-return  yards  set  a  new  single-game  club  record,
 previously  held by J.T.  Smith in a 1979 game against the Oakland Raiders ...
 The  45 points  were a season high for  Kansas City and its most scored in one
 game  since a  45-17 decision at Houston  on Nov. 20, 2005 ... With an 11-yard
 rush  in the  opening quarter, Washington's Alfred Morris went over the 1,000-
 yard  mark for the second time in as many seasons ... Both teams are in action
 next Sunday, as the Chiefs travel to Oakland and the Redskins head to Atlanta.
 12/08 18:58:47 ET