Rapid Reaction: Seahawks defeat Chiefs in “dress rehearsal”

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Aug 25, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Tre Madden (38) celebrates with center Justin Britt (68) and offensive guard Germain Ifedi (76) after scoring on a 2-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 26-13 on Friday night. This game showcased the starters, as they played the longest they have all preseason. Both the first team offense and defense played into the third quarter against a good Chiefs team. This was likely the last time we see many of the Seahawks starters, as many will likely sit in the last preseason game of the season.

MVP: Blair Walsh

The Seahawks did not have a huge performer on either side of the ball. But the most consistent player was the kicker. Walsh was called upon multiple times, and he delivered each time. Walsh was 4/4 with kicks from 41, 36, 21, and 47 yards. He originally missed his second kick from 41 yards, but a defensive illegal formation allowed him to have another attempt from 36 yards, which he nailed down the middle. Each kick from Walsh had plenty of leg behind them, showing that he has plenty of strength to hit kicks from 50+ yards. Walsh accounted for more than half of the Seahawks points, with 14 of the team’s 26 points. Walsh also was 2/2 on extra points.


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LVP: Ahtyba Rubin

Rubin got the start at defensive tackle, playing as the 1-technique, while Nazair Jones started as the 3-technique. When Rubin was in the game, the Chiefs were able to run the ball down the throats of the defense. Especially during the first couple of drives, the Kansas City offense emphasized running the ball up the middle and were gaining at least four yards multiple times. This does not look good for Rubin, who was being relied upon as the run stopper. Jones is a rookie that is a better pass rusher than run stuffer, so Rubin needed to be a force against the run. Something to watch is if Jarran Reed and Jones become the starters at defensive tackle and Rubin becomes a rotational player.

Play of the Game

With less than seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks were facing a second and long situation.  Quarterback Austin Davis threw a pass down the right sideline to Tanner McEvoy, who was streaking down the sideline. McEvoy leaped behind the Chiefs defender, made the catch and tiptoed down the sideline to score a 28-yard touchdown. This touchdown put the Seahawks up by 13, and ended any chance of a Chiefs victory.

Next Up

The Seahawks finish their preseason against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m. PST at the O.co Coliseum.

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