Chiefs show desperation in turning to rookie cornerbacks at Seattle

Chiefs show desperation in turning to rookie cornerbacks at Seattle

Chiefs show desperation in turning to rookie cornerbacks at Seattle

Ultimately what Wilson and the Seahawks do against Kansas City doesn't matter in the big picture of Seattle trying to wrap up a wild-card spot in the NFC.

"We've got to empty the bucket, and that's the way we've got to play next week at home", Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph says. If the Texans fall at home to Jacksonville, the victor of the Colts at Titans game in Tennessee takes the AFC South, and the Texans become a wild card, joining either the Chiefs or Chargers. "Most everybody thought we didn't have a chance and to hang together, hang through it, we got it done before the season is even over". Dallas and Chicago are potential destinations and LA is a distant possibility all depending on what the Rams do in their regular season finale against Fightin' Richard Sherman and the 49ers.

After a major collapse against their division rival Chargers, Kansas City will need a big bounce back win against a white hot Seahawks team to stay in the driver's seat in the AFC.

Pending the outcome of next Sunday's games, the Seahawks will be either the fifth or sixth seed in the NFC playoffs the first weekend of January. The Chiefs still control their own destiny when it comes to securing the AFC's top seed, but they can only guarantee it by winning out from here. They are really struggling against the run, entering Week 16 averaging an NFL-worst 5.0 yards per carry.

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Both teams played in Seattle in a high-scoring Sunday night football game. As former National Football League player and scout Bucky Brooks noted Saturday on Twitter, the run-first strategy of the Ravens - and, to a similar extent, the Seahawks - puts pressure on opposing offences, who, with fewer possessions, are "almost forced to abandon a balanced approach" and instead resort to the pass. The Chiefs are missing Kareem Hunt's rushing production badly. This should put what Carroll has consistently done in perspective: The Seahawks franchise had made only 10 postseason appearances in 34 years before Pete Carroll. "That was a blast". That's the most frustrating thing.

Not for the Chiefs, of course. They rank 1st in both total yards and points per game, with 427 and 36, respectively. Ward also had coverage when Wilson connected on a 29-yard toss to Doug Baldwin just shy of the goal line.

Only Kansas City has scored more points than New Orleans. After seeing minimal defensive snaps most of the year, King was thrust into the lineup with the hard task of covering star tight end Travis Kelce, who entered the contest with 93 receptions, over 1,200 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill racked up the most yardage from Mahomes' passes, catching 4 for 74 yards.

Thompson will be missed, as he's fourth on the team in tackles (57) and has two forced fumbles and one interception. "At the beginning of the season, it was all offence". Fluker played and did well but was in obvious pain walking off the field at the end of the game. "I can't wait for the playoffs". The Saints have home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

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