Friday night will be the last time that we see most of the Seahawks starters until Week 1 of the regular season. Same goes for the Chiefs starters, as both team’s starters will play into the third quarter. It will also be a last chance for players trying to make the final roster. The last time the Seahawks faced the Chiefs was last preseason, when the Seahawks won on a 37-yard touchdown as time expired. The Chiefs are a similar team as they were year ago.
The Chiefs offense is still led by quarterback Alex Smith, who fits the Andy Reid West Coast offense perfectly. Smith has been excellent so far in the preseason, going 12/15 for 131 yards and a touchdown. He is very good at limiting turnovers and keeping the ball moving downfield. Behind him is the 10th overall pick of this past draft, Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes has also had a very good preseason, going 17/23 for 137 yards and three touchdowns. He has one of the strongest arms in football, and with the right tutelage from Smith, could be a great quarterback in a couple of years.
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This offseason saw the departures of Jeremy Maclin and Jamaal Charles for the Chiefs. Charcandrick West has been seeing the most time on the first team and has made an impact. On 12 rushes, West has gained 119 yards, including a 50-yard run. Behind him is rookie Kareem Hunt, who many see as a sleeper heading into the season. The receiving corps are thin without Maclin, led by Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley. Tight end Travis Kelce is likely to be the leading receiver for the Chiefs, but Smith is a quarterback that likes to spread the ball around.
The Chiefs have a young offensive line group, that could become one of the better lines in football. They are led by their tackles, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. The first overall pick in 2013, Fisher had struggles early in his career. He has steadily improved each year he has been in the league, and is now relied upon to protect Smith’s blindside. Schwartz was named a second team All-Pro in his first year with the Chiefs last year.
The Chiefs defense is one of the best, all-around defenses in all of football. The Chiefs run a 3-4 defense, and rely on their OLB’s to get to the quarterback. With Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dee Ford, the quarterback is under pressure a good amount of time. Ford has a team high 10 sacks last season.
Derrick Johnson is the leader of this defense, and at the age of 34, he is still a top inside linebacker. He led the team with 90 tackles last year. Behind him is arguably the best safety in all of football, Eric Berry. Berry was a first team All-Pro last season, and it was deserved. He had 77 tackles last year, 4 interceptions, two touchdowns and a forced fumble. Next to Berry is the next best cornerback in the league, Marcus Peters. Peters was also named a first team All-Pro, in what was just his second season in the league. He led the Chiefs with six interceptions last season. Peters makes it difficult for any receiver in the NFL to make a play.
The Chiefs are one of the better teams in the NFL, so this is a great game for the Seahawks to play the starters. It will be a great final tune-up game, and should be a competitive game until the end.