2017 Seahawks Preseason Week 3 Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

Aug 18, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks will look to remain undefeated in the preseason on Friday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Seattle has played well on both sides of the ball in the first two games of preseason, and they will look to continue to show their dominance. This week, however, will look a little different for the Seahawks.

What to Expect

Week 3 of the preseason is typically known as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. The starters are expected to play most of the game, giving them their last tune-up for Week 1 of the season. Seattle will likely try to have their Week 1 starters figured out, and they will get a good test against a good Chiefs team. This game could end up being a defensive struggle with both being top tier defenses. It will be a great test for a Seattle offense that has been dealing with injuries.


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What to Watch For

The big question for the Seahawks all offseason and training camp has been the offensive line. And after George Fant’s season ending injury against the Vikings, it has become even more of question. Rees Odhiambo has filled in for Fant, but had struggles against the Minnesota. If Odhiambo struggles again, and Germain Ifedi does not improve his performance, then both tackle positions are major questions. With extended time against the Chiefs starters, the performance of the offensive line will need to be evaluated.

Players to Watch

Nazair Jones: Jones has been very impressive in his first two games in the NFL. He brings an element to the Seahawks defensive line that Seattle has not had in a while. Jones is an athletic defensive tackle that can get to the quarterback. With Jarran Reed and Ahtyba Rubin as the starting tackles, two run stuffers, Jones can climb his way up the depth chart if he can prove his ability at stuffing the run, as well as rushing the quarterback.

Kasen Williams: With his two performances so far, there is no question that Williams will be on the final 53-man roster. But if he can continue to impress with Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson injured, he could push to be a starter. Something that we have not seen from Williams is his ability to get open through different routes. All of his catches have been go routes on the perimeter. If Williams wants to be a starter, he needs to be able show he can execute his route tree to get open.

Eddie Lacy: Lacy has been less than impressive so far during preseason. He gets another opportunity to make a statement with Thomas Rawls out with an ankle sprain. Rawls will have not played the last two weeks, but Lacy has been unable to jump him on the depth chart. If Lacy continues to play mediocre football, it may not be too far-fetched Seattle cuts him to open a roster spot for Chris Carson, Mike Davis or Alex Collins.

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