The Chiefs continue to make headlines in the preseason. The rookies look sharp, and the group is looking to improve as the regular season approaches. Tonight they face the Seahawks, and questions are still present. Let’s take a look at what to watch for tonight in Seattle.
The Positional Outlook
First off, let’s address the quarterback position. Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes have played extremely well through two weeks. Since Smith played a good portion in game two, odds are he won’t play as much tonight. This opens the door for Mahomes to play earlier against the Seattle twos. Mahomes displayed great athleticism and accuracy last week. He’s looking to build on that this week.
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The defensive line is another big story. The group looked excellent last week, and now Chris Jones is set to return. Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Bennie Logan have stepped up big time in the preseason. Now, with the return of Jones, the group up front is one of the best in the league. Seattle presents a difficult task with a deep group of running backs plus a runner in Russell Wilson.
Another thing to keep an eye on is the running back situation. Kareem Hunt got a lot of work in with the ones last week, while Spencer Ware barely got touches. It will be interesting to see if Ware gets touches this week. His starting spot is up in the air at this point.
The offensive line is solid in Kansas City, but Seattle presents a test. The front includes standouts Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, and Frank Clark. The Chiefs can combat this with the quick passing game, but that can’t be everything. The line needs to hold up to allow time for the quarterback along with opening holes in the run.
Who’s On The Bubble?
We have talked about wide receivers Demarcus Robinson and Seantavius Jones a lot the past few weeks. It’s imperative they continue that momentum into tonight. Guys like De’Anthony Thomas and Albert Wilson are the competition. It’s time to show out.
CJ Spiller is another name on the bubble. Most analysts believed that Spiller was in camp in case someone got hurt. It became more obvious as Charcandrick West dominated last week on the ground. Spiller has to be dominant in these last two games to make the roster.
The ones aren’t expected to play very long in this game. That opens the door for the backups and third strings to give it all they have. These next two games will determine if they make the roster.
Jake Schyvinck is the managing editor for cover32 Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.