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Seahawks seal playoff spot, halt Chiefs' AFC West title bid

Seahawks seal playoff spot, halt Chiefs' AFC West title bid

Had the Seahawks won, they would have secured a playoff berth; instead, Seattle needs to beat one of the NFL's elite teams and get help to punch their ticket in Week 16.

This week nearly felt like a bye week, with the Chiefs having some extra time to refuel following last Thursday's shock loss against the Chargers. Mahomes started off slow against Seattle - CenturyLink Field is an intimidating place - but he finished with 273 yards and three touchdown passes and no picks.

Mahomes also moved into a tie for the fifth most touchdown passes in a single season in National Football League history when he connected with Damien Williams for a 2-yard score in the second quarter. Also of note was Bobby Wagner missing his first tackle in 86 attempts when Damien Williams spun out of his grasp.

Seattle (8-6) also had an unexpected thud last week losing in overtime to lowly San Francisco on the road. The Seahawks could have clinched a playoff birth with a win last week but will have to wait at least one more week for that opportunity. Chris Carson was the bell cow in the backfield, going for 119 yards on 22 carries. And on that second touchdown - what turned out to be the winning score just before the two-minute warning - he was stopped short of the end zone, but powered his way past two would-be tacklers.

It made for a amusing diversion during the Chiefs' 38-31 loss against the Seahawks.

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The Chiefs offense has slowed down quite a bit in the last few weeks and now will play in one of the most hard environments in the NFL. He had 123 total yards and two touchdowns in week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers. For instance, they surrendered 67 yards rushing to rookie Lamar Jackson in week 14. "I wouldn't call them overrated, but I would suggest they're not as good without Kareem Hunt". The Chiefs are 31st in yards allowed and 28th in points allowed. The Chiefs are averaging 161.3 yards rushing allowed in the past three games.

This is the seventh time in nine seasons that the Seahawks have made the playoffs with Carroll as their head coach. Both the offense and the defense should play big parts on this one. Because he has the power running attack, Wilson isn't asked to throw 30 passes a game. They have put up 26 points per game which is 9th in the league. I raved last week about the failures of Bob Sutton and I firmly believe that there will be a different figurehead for the Chiefs defense next season.

Despite getting in limited practice work this week, it doesn't look like Ware will be ready for Sunday night's game in Seattle.

If the Chiefs want to take advantage of Patrick Mahomes' contract friendly year, they must load up on talent on the defensive side of the ball. This game will have similar vibes to the Philadelphia game in 2017 where the Seahawks contained the high flying offense at home until the forth quarter when Mahomes will keep things interesting, but ultimately Seattle will control the ball and pull out the victory.




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