Another week in the preseason, and it was another Seattle Seahawks victory. The Seahawks played their starters into the third quarter, and they continued their strong play against a very good Kansas City Chiefs. But once the Seahawks second team players came in, the game slowed down to a crawling tempo. But Seattle was still able to hold off the Chiefs for a 26-13 victory. Let’s look how each phase of the Seahawks played.
The biggest question heading into this game was how well the offensive line was going to play. Already a question coming into the season, the group became even more of a question when left tackle George Fant tore his ACL and ended his season. Rees Odhiambo has been called upon to be the replacement for Fant, and he played very well in his place.
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Odhiambo uses his size and strength from playing as a guard to excel when run blocking. His only bad moment was when he gave up a sack in the third quarter. Odhiambo was stepping back preparing for an outside rush, but the Chiefs defender slapped Odhiambo’s hands down, and stepped inside for an easy sack. But other than that play, Odhiambo, played exceptionally well for his first start at left tackle. The only starting linemen that had a bad moment was Germain Ifedi, who had an ill-advised false start.
The Seahawks were able to utilize a strong pass-run mix. Wilson was able to distribute the ball around to multiple players. But the most notable receiver was Jermaine Kearse. Kearse had not been given much of an opportunity, but this week was a coming-out party for Kearse this season. He had three receptions for 59 yards, which led the team.
Chris Carson had the best game among the running backs. Carson had eight carries for 46 yards, which came to a strong 5.8 yards per carry. He also made an impact receiving out of the backfield, with two catches for 44 yards. Carson saw significant playing time with Thomas Rawls and C.J Prosise out.
Russell Wilson continued with his strong preseason, finishing the game with 200 yards on 13/19 passing and a touchdown. Backup Trevone Boykin came into the game and played almost the entire third quarter, but struggled. Boykin went 0/6, and his only “completion” went to a Chiefs player.
The Seahawks defense was stellar against the Chiefs, only giving up two field goals. The defensive line generated a lot of pressure on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, and did not allow him to have the time to hit his receivers. Smith finished the game 7/17 for only 44 yards. The majority of the offense for the Chiefs starters came from the running game. The Chiefs used a mix of Spencer Ware, Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West to run down the throats of the Seattle defense. The biggest concern from Seattle was the lack of resistance in the middle of the field. But the Seattle defense was able to lock it down when the Chiefs were in Seahawks territory, and held the Chiefs to only field goals.
The majority of the damage done from the Chiefs offense was when rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes came into the game. The Seahawks backups did not have an answer for the strong-armed, dual-threat quarterback. Mahomes finished the game 8-15 for 70 yards. The Seahawks showed that their defense is almost ready for the regular season, but still have things to work on to be a shutdown defense.
The only Chiefs touchdown came in the second when De’Anthony Thomas returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Thomas used his speed to burst past multiple Seahawks players, but a mistake from a Seattle player played a part in the touchdown. Jermaine Kearse took a bad angle to Thomas, causing him to overrun the play, and allowing Thomas to make a cut and run right past him into the open field. Giving up a kickoff for a touchdown is always a concern, showing the Seahawks that there is still progress to be made with the kickoff return group.
Kicker Blair Walsh was a bright spot for the Seahawks, hitting all of the kicks that he attempted. Walsh was tested from multiple ranges in this game, hitting from 41, 36, 21 and 47 yards. There is room for concern, however. Walsh’s second kick was from 41 yards on the left hash. Walsh missed the kick, hitting the right post. He was given another chance because of a defensive illegal formation, and nailed the kick from 36 yards.