Five Questions Ahead of Chiefs-Seahawks

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Aug 19, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to throw a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to throw a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The third preseason game for the Chiefs will feature a road matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. This will be the third straight year that the Chiefs and Seahawks face off in preseason play. Both of the last two years the games finished as one point games. These two teams have some impressive depth and some position questions alike. Here are some questions ahead of Friday’s game.


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Can the Chiefs defense force more turnovers?

Last year, the Chiefs had the most takeaways in the NFL with 33, and tied for the best turnover differential at +16. In the first two weeks of the preseason, the Chiefs have just one takeaway and their turnover differential is -1. It is still early, but the Chiefs had many games last year where the defense forced multiple turnover. The Seahawks have an offensive line that is working to improve, so maybe the pass rush can force some ill-advised throws and possibly some interceptions.

Will Kareem Hunt continue to make an impact?

Kareem Hunt has had a good start in a Chiefs uniform. We know as far as quarterback goes, this is still Alex Smith’s team. At running back though, the starting role could be a one-two punch. Last game in Cincinnati, Hunt ran for 40 yards on 8 carries, and added 23 yards on three catches. The biggest highlight in Cincinnati for Hunt, was a 26 yard run that was capped off by a huge stiff arm to the defensive back. It is exhilarating seeing how much potential this Chiefs offense has and how they have been playing.

What will some top Chiefs defenders look like in their season debuts?

Eric Berry, Chris Jones, and Roy Miller will all be making their season debuts on the defensive side. Berry is one of the biggest leaders of this team and he has been battling a heel issue. The heel injury has not been too serious, so there was no need for the Chiefs to rush Berry back. Chris Jones had knee surgery in the offseason, and has progressed quickly over the last couple of weeks since stepping back onto the field. Roy Miller will be entering his first season with the Chiefs. Miller was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in March, and similar to Bennie Logan, he could be another huge run stuffer up the middle of the defense.

What quarterback will avoid pressure more?

These two teams feature two of the top defenses in the league. Both Alex Smith and Russell Wilson can see the field well and are good at avoiding sacks. The same can be said about the Patrick Mahomes and Trevone Boykin, the backups. This game could either see a plentiful amount of sacks or missed tackles on the quarterbacks.

How long will we see the starters?

The third preseason game is typically the biggest game of the preseason. It doesn’t matter if it’s the starters, backups, or players who may not make the roster, this is a big week among NFL teams. The Chiefs will be looking for the starters to do well, but also they will be looking intentively at players who are on the bubble of making the roster or not making the roster. The starters have looked good so far, and this should be an intense matchup before the start of the regular season.

This will be the Chiefs final road game before the big trip up to Foxboro against the Patriots. The game should be entertaining to watch. The Chiefs and Seahawks usually matchup well against each other, so enjoy this game.

Braden Holecek is a writer for cover32 Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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