Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview
Where: CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Washington
When: Friday, August 25, 2017 – 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NFL Network
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Betting on the Kansas City Chiefs
After a disappointing Week 1 in the preseason, the Chiefs were able to turn it around in Week 2. They dominated the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, 30-12.
Production came from everywhere, as Alex Smith, Tyler Bray, and 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes collectively went 20-for-28 for 194 yards and four touchdowns – Mahomes, who completed 10 of his 14 throws, also tossed two passing scores. The rookie should remain as the key man of the offense this coming Friday.
The receiving corps will still be up for grabs for the most part, since no one outside of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill is yet to emerge, while the run game could rely again on Charcandrick West, as he had a big day last time out. The fourth-year pro amassed 113 yards in just seven carries against the Bengals (16.1 YPC), highlighted by a drive where he had a 50 and 25-yard run in one drive.
The defense wasn’t able to put numbers in the stat sheet (zero picks and five total QB hits), but considering the lopsided score, they had an effective outing.
Betting on the Seattle Seahawks
It has been a fun preseason for the Seahawks. Following their 31-point thrashing of the Los Angeles Chargers, they gave a strong 20-13 edging of the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. Like the Chiefs, the offense was productive from top to bottom.
Russell Wilson played regular season-like minutes for the ‘Hawks, and was able to lead the passing attack with his smooth 13-for-18, 206-yard, two-TD performance. He connected well with the team’s number one receiver, Doug Baldwin, who he himself appeared to be in mid-season form, hauling in all four of the passes thrown at him for 69 yards. The run game enjoyed the same success, courtesy of the second-year running back Alex Collins’s all-around play. He tallied 93 yards from scrimmage (58 rushing and 35 receiving).
Don’t expect Wilson to have consecutive weeks of heavy minutes in the preseason, especially since they could lean towards giving backup Trevon Boykin more in-game reps – Boykin, as you may remember, had 220 total yards and one passing and rushing TD in Week 1.
Another similarity with the Chiefs is the defense’s quiet-but-efficient play. In last week’s game, although the stop unit only registered one sack and tackle for loss, it didn’t allow a touchdown in the first three quarters of the contest.
The Seahawks (-3.5) win after an exciting exchange, 28-24.
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