It’s kind of amazing. A year in the NFL makes a world of difference.
The Kansas City Chiefs last played the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium a little more than one year ago during Week 1 of last year’s preseason. So you don’t have to re-watch like I just did, here’s what happened.
Alex Smith played just one series, the Chiefs’ opening drive, which resulted in a touchdown. Cairo Santos added three field goals, including a 58-yarder late in the third quarter to give the Chiefs a 16-6 lead. Then, misery. Still holding onto that 16-6 lead with just under six minutes to go, the Chiefs punted to the Seahawks and quarterback Trevone Boykin. Boykin orchestrated back-to-back scoring drives, first a 50-yard field goal, then a Hail Mary touchdown as the clock hit triple zeroes. Pete Carroll sent the offense back on for two, and the Chiefs took a 12 men on the field penalty. Troymaine Pope rushed 1 yard for the 17-16 Seattle victory.
Now, some fun things I noticed that really make you say, “Hey, what the heck’s going to be happening in 2018?”
- Knile Davis was up first to return kicks for Kansas City. He is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Marcus Cooper and Jaye Howard both saw time with the first-team defense. Now they are both Bears.
- Rod Streater (Bills) was wearing No. 10. Tyreek Hill was wearing No. 81.
- Smith’s first pass was to whom else but big ol’ Demetrius Harris—obviously foreshadowing for this year’s breakout preseason.
- Nick Foles (Eagles) was the next quarterback in. Remember when people were excited about that No. 2 coming in?
- As a matter of fact, the Chiefs played FIVE quarterbacks in this game: Smith, Foles, Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray (free agent) and Kevin Hogan (Browns).
- Parker Ehinger, who just returned to the Chiefs roster this week, started with the first team at left guard.
- The Seattle announcer (as provided by gamepass) kept calling Ross Travis, “Travis Ross.”
- DJ White absolutely bodyslammed
JerryKenny Lawler near the end of the second quarter.
- Frankie Hammond (Jets) returned a punt and Da’Ron Brown (Chargers) had a nice catch.
- Travis Ross missed a wide-open touchdown off of a beautifully thrown ball from Murray…so if you believe in the butterfly effect, maybe…uh, nevermind.
- Remember Darrin Reaves? He led the Chiefs with 42 yards in this game.
- Seattle’s No. 3 quarterback, Jake Heaps, was actually replaced by the No. 2, Boykin, after he had already come out of the game. Could you imagine if Bray was replaced by Patrick Mahomes after Mahomes had already come out and then Mahomes led a touchdown drive to win the game? Well, imagine all you want. Andy Reid would never let that happen.
Wow, a year changes things. The Chiefs head to CenturyLink this Friday night at 7:00 p.m. CT for the preseason rematch.