The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday’s preseason game, 16-17. We were almost subjected to preseason overtime. The Seahawks threw a Hail Mary with no time left to make it 16-15 but, thankfully, they went for two. Unthankfully, they got it. Seahawks win.
Here’s what I saw:
These Chiefs didn’t play: Phillip Gaines, Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Justin Houston, Josh Mauga, Tamba Hali.
The Chiefs first drive was terrific. I wrote more about it here but a nice four run, four pass drive that led to a Spencer Ware touchdown. I loved how the Chiefs used a bunch of tight ends. With this team and their backs, the tight ends can be a problem for the defense - do you defend the run or pass? The Chiefs first team was so good on the first drive that Alex exited after just one drive.
The best play of the first team was Alex Smith’s pass to Jeremy Maclin. He scrambled to his left and with Seahawks players chasing him he found Maclin near the sideline at the one-yard line. Great play from Alex, great catch from Maclin.
One of my big overall takeaways was the play of the offensive line. The Chiefs o-line looked really good. When was the last time I could say that? The addition of Mitch Schwartz and the continued maturation of Eric Fisher and Mitch Morse ... this is a good offensive line. Alex is soo much better with a good line. This could be huge.
Marcus Peters INT. What else would he do? Peters saw Russell Wilson scrambling and stepped in front of the receiver to make the interception AND keep his feet in bounds. He’s so good. Watch his feet here:
Nick Foles era arrives. He had two drives. He was 4-of-8 for 37 yards. The Chiefs punted on his first drive and he led them to a field goal on the second drive. Not a bad performance, not great. He’ll need more time in the offense.
Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West look strong. Jamaal Charles didn’t play so these two picked it up. Ware was the first back and West was after him. Ware ended with five rushes for 24 yards and a touchdown. He’s a hard hitting back. I wouldn’t want to get in his way, as the Seahawks player at the goal line noticed. Meanwhile, West had a 25-yard run and ended with four carries for 35 yards.
De’Anthony Thomas with two 23-yard catches. One of them came from Nick Foles and the other came from Tyler Bray on the final play of the half.
Tyreek Hill’s day. He returned a punt with a lot of dancing but only four yards. He saw the first two targets when Foles came in. He finished with one catch for six yards.
Tyler Bray has an up and down day. His arm obviously jumps out at you but it looked like he had some nerves as he was inaccurate at times. He was 3-of-9 for 48 yards. This is his first game in two years so that’s understandable.
Great back shoulder catch by Rod Streater. Tyler Bray made the pass. This is unstoppable when it’s done right. Check it out:
Rod Streater with the beautiful grab pic.twitter.com/xVxBeue6Qx— JKuhn (@h8rproof82) August 13, 2016
Aaron Murray took the third quarter. Kevin Hogan took the fourth quarter.
Ross Travis had a catch on the first drive as the third tight end. He also had a drop a few yards from the end zone. Aaron Murray was absolutely drilled as he threw it and Travis, who had a step on his man, couldn’t haul it in.
Cairo Santos with a 58-YARD FIELD GOAL! Remember when we doubted Chiefs special teams coach for choosing Santos over Ryan Succop three years ago? Maybe Toub was right.
DJ Alexander came out with a rib injury. He was drilled on a return but he later came back in the game.
Chris Jones: a strong man.
Chris Jones has genuine, functional strength. Rocks the OL backward, presses the issue. pic.twitter.com/yyNGteB6Dd— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) August 13, 2016
Dadi Nicolas had two awesome pass rushes in a row. He is so fast. The first one, he ran right past his man so quickly and caught the quarterback on the other side of the line trying to scramble. The second one he came around the edge so fast again but overshot it a little and someone else got the sack. He could be fun if he puts some weight on.
Jerseys spotted at Arrowhead: Donnie Edwards, Christian Okoye, Javier Arenas, Kendrick Lewis, Dez Bryant, James Hasty, Deion Branch, Bart Starr, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Walter Payton.