Sunday Night doesn´t get any better than two teams with a chance to clinch a playoff spot on a national broadcast. The high-powered Chiefs can tie up the top spot in the AFC with a win, while the Seattle Seahawks can solidify a wild-card spot with a victory at home. Both teams are coming off brutal losses in week 15, so there will be pride on the line as two teams with bruised egos go at it.
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The Chiefs pose a daunting task for the Seahawks defense that ranks 19th overall in the league. The Chiefs are first in the league in points per game, total yards per game, yards per play and offensive TDs.
Hill, along with QB Patrick Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce, will be closing in on the Chiefs all-time franchise passing and receiving records in this game. Mahomes needs only 45 yards to break the passing record, and Hill can break the receiving record with 88 yards on Sunday. Kelce meanwhile is after a bigger fish – the NFL´s all-time single-season receiving record for a tight end. He needs only 107 yards to reach Rob Gronkowski, who holds the record with 1,327.
Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, when asked about the Chiefs’ success on offense this season, was quick to credit head coach Andy Reid.
“I think it’s a fantastic job by their staff and Andy putting together an offense that could make sense to him so that he could execute this well,” Carroll said. “To bring the quarterback along that quickly in a sophisticated attack, that’s a big accomplishment by their coaching staff, and Patrick has made full use of all of it, and he’s had a great season.”
Carroll knows a thing or two about running a good offense, as his Seahawks rank first in the NFL in rushing with an average of 154.9 yards per game. A lot of that is thanks to dual-threat QB Russell Wilson, who has 3,025 yards passing to go with 321 yards rushing. Wilson ranks 3rd in the league this season in passing touchdowns, 2nd in touchdown percentage, and fourth in passer rating.
Russell is benefitting this season from a much-improved Seattle O-line, which relies on a 6-man formation that features the likes of George Fant, Duane Brown, Ed Dickson and Nick Vannett. Those players force opponents to overcome a massive wall of blocking before they can even come close to touching Russell or either of the RBs.
As far as injuries go, Chiefs CB Kendall Fuller had surgery last week on his wrist but did participate in conditioning drills at this week’s practice. Other than that, KC is a healthy squad. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are anticipating the return of LB K.J. Wright from a knee injury that has nagged him all season. Wright´s return is the only good news, however, as neither safety Bradley McDougald nor RB Rashaad Penny has been confirmed to play. Further, RGs D.J. Flunker and backup Jordan Simmons may both be out so that the Seahawks may be down to their third option at that position.
In all-time matchups, the Chiefs lead the Seahawks 33-18-0. The last game was back in 2014 when Kansas City won 24-20. The last time the Seahawks beat the Chiefs was in 2002.