Not that long ago we were all sitting around waiting for preseason to start. We couldn’t wait. It is already the third preseason game now, and Seattle heads off to Kansas City in a matchup against the Chiefs.
Two games into the preseason, the Chiefs are riding the rails at .500. They won their first game 27-17 over the visiting Arizona Cardinals. The second game came on the road as they lost in St. Louis to the Rams 17-31. The Seahawks on the other hand are riding a two game win streak where the Seahawks have won one at home versus the Tennessee Titans(27-17); and on the road in Denver(30-10).
The Chiefs have amassed 627 total yards(382 passing, 245 rushing). The Seahawks have raked in 726 total yards(363 passing, 363 rushing). The Chiefs have passed the ball 54 times, and ran the ball 62 times. The Seahawks have passed 59 times, and rushed 71 times. Overall stats are fairly close, but the Seahawks seem to be managing the offense just a little better.
The Seahawks turnover ratio is +3, where the Chiefs turnover ratio is -3. That has been a HUGE focus for Pete Carroll since his arrival. Ball control wins games. The Seahawks have been doing just that. In just two games, the Seahawks have managed to pick off opposing QB’s 4 different times. In fact, two of those interceptions were thrown by Matt Hasselbeck himself, the other two were from Peyton Manning. Kansas City only has one total interception. Again, the Seahawks win this battle easily.
Kansas City ranks 12th for points scored(22), whereas Seattle ranks 4th(28.5).
The third preseason game is in all essences the big tryout for teams. This is generally when you put in your starters for the most amount of time and try to get them going on the same page in all aspects of the game. Normally by this point in the season, teams have chosen who is going to be the starters. The Seahawks have chosen to go with the rookie Russell Wilson this week with the starters. Although Carroll is still stressing that it is a 3-way QB battle, his actions have doubted a lot of fans. Matt Flynn has started the first half of the first two games, and Russell Wilson has played the second halves. There hasn’t been any spotting of Jackson on the field so far, and it looks to continue that way. Josh Portis, the assumed 4th string QB got to see a few snaps in the last game as it was winding down, as the Seahawks were ahead comfortably.
With the Seahawks travelling to Arrowhead Stadium, be on the lookout for a few key players. Bobby Wagner has been solidified at MLB after the Seahawks traded his competition Barrett Ruud to the Saints just yesterday. Wagner has been fairly efficient at MLB for the Seahawks, and up is his only direction. Richard Sherman has been very good so far into the preseason, and he will make a few more people notice in the next few games. Jason Jones has been a solid contributor up front and will be making a big name for himself this year for the Seahawks. Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens are both trying to make this team, and we may see one or both of them explode.
In this third preseason game the “starters” are assumed to see a lot of playing time. Russell Wilson was given the nod to see how he does against the better defenses. This will be the test to see if his two games before have been “flukes” or if he is really that good. Although on the road, and away from the 12th man, the Seahawks should be able to handle the Chiefs with great ease. I pick the Seahawks to win this one easily 35-13.