Kansas City Chiefs (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U) vs. Seattle Seahawks (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 2-0 O/U)
NFL: Friday, August 25, 2017, CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, 8 pm ET
Spread: Seattle -3.5, Over/Under: 43
It’s a week 3 preseason matchup on the gridiron from a pair of teams that used to be division rivals but now are in opposite conferences. The Seattle Seahawks are on the road to battle the Kansas City Chiefs Friday night. Seattle beat Minnesota 20-13 at home Friday night to even their preseason record. Kansas City remained unbeaten as they drubbed Cincinnati 30-12 on the road Saturday night. The Chiefs hold a 33-18 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. Kansas City has won three straight meetings, including a 24-20 win at home in the most recent matchup on November 16, 2014.
Kansas City Chiefs Clicking on All Cylinders
Kansas City won their second straight game in preseason action as they knocked off the Bengals on the road Friday. The Chiefs rolled up a hefty edge in total yards as they outgained the Bengals 410-257 in the contest. Kansas City won the first down battle 22-13 and controlled the time of possession battle by a 34:17 to 25:43 margin in the contest. The Chiefs got touchdown passes from three different quarterbacks in the contest and forced the lone turnover of the game as they rolled to the one-sided victory. Kansas City’s defense managed to keep the Bengals out of the end zone, limiting them to four field goals.
Alex Smith started at quarterback and hit 8 of 9 throws for 83 yards plus a score. First round pick Patrick Mahomes II completed 10 of 14 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns while third-stringer Tyler Bray connected on two of five passes for 23 yards and a score. The Chiefs’ run game racked up 223 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per carry. Charcandrick West led the way with seven carries for 113 yards while rookie Kareem Hunt chipped in eight carries for 40 yards. C.J. Spiller contributed six carries for 27 yards while Mahomes II added 29 yards himself. Demetrius Harris (three receptions, 14 yards) caught a pair of touchdown passes while De’Anthony Thomas (three receptions, 31 yards) and Seantavious Jones (one grab, 18 yards) each caught a scoring pass as well. Sam Ficken hit his lone field goal attempt from 23 yards but went three of four on extra point attempts.
Seattle Seahawks Look for Second Straight Preseason Win
Seattle managed to even their preseason mark as they knocked off the Vikings at home. The win did come with a price though as offensive tackle George Fant was lost for the season with a torn ACL in the game. That leaves a hole on the offensive line for the Seahawks going forward. Seattle held a 406-320 advantage in total yards in the game. The Seahawks won the first down battle 23-18, controlled the time of possession by a 34:22 to 25:38 margin and forced two turnovers while committing one. Seattle kept the Vikings out of the end zone until less than three minutes to play in the contest. Blair Walsh burned his former team as he booted a pair of 52 yard field goals in the win.
Russell Wilson played the first half for the Seahawks and looked to be in regular season form. He hit 13 of 18 passes for 206 yards with a pair of touchdown passes. Trevone Boykin was five of eight for 55 yards while Austin Davis connected on two of five passes for 21 yards. Alex Collins was the leader in the ground game with 10 carries for 58 yards while Mike Davis (six carries, 37 yards) and Chris Carson (six carries, 27 yards) were solid contributors as well. Doug Baldwin (69 yards) and Collins (35 yards) each caught four passes to lead the team. Kasen Williams (two receptions, 28 yards) and Davis (catch, 22 yards) each caught a touchdown pass in the contest.
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- Seahawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games
The Chiefs have looked good in their first two preseason games but one has to wonder how long that Smith can maintain his role as the starting QB. Mahomes II was sharp against the Bengals but for the moment, he’s still #2 on the depth chart. Seattle has to figure out how to replace Fant at left tackle: whether they move a backup into the role or shift Luke Joeckel from guard remains to be seen. This one should be entertaining but the Seahawks, playing at home, get the slim edge in this contest.
Pick: Seattle Seahawks -3.5
Kansas City is loading up with weapons in the run game and it remains to be seen who will end up getting the lion’s share of the carries. West had a big game against the Bengals while Spencer Ware, who saw the lion’s share of the work last year, had just one carry for three yards. There is a lot of speculation that when all is said and done, the rookie Hunt will see the bulk of the work. Seattle is getting better offensively, especially if Wilson can stay healthy: he was terrific in the contest against Minnesota. Eddie Lacy will have to show he can be effective in the ground game and fixing the offensive line is something they’ll have to do before the regular season starts.
The over is 5-2 in the Seahawks’ last 7 games overall. The teams have combined to go over the total in each of their last four contests. Given the solid talent on both teams, look for this one to go over the total.