First Look: Seattle Seahawks

On Sunday two first place teams will battle it out in the great northwest. So who has the edge? Here's our first take at the Chiefs upcoming opponent, the Seattle Seahawks.

Opponent: Seattle Seahawks (5-5 record, 1st place in NFC West)

Offensive Statistics: 83.7 rushing yards per game (ranked 30th), 217 passing yards per game (ranked 20th), 300.4 total yards per game (ranked 29th), 18.5 points per game (ranked 27th)

Defensive Statistics: Have allowed 105.4 rushing yards per game (ranked 13th), 283 passing yards per game (ranked 30th), 388.6 total yards per game (ranked 28th), 23.3 points per game (ranked 21st)

Wins: San Francisco (31-6), San Diego (27-20), @ Chicago (23-20), Arizona (22-10), @ Arizona (36-18)

Losses: @ Denver (31-14), @ St. Louis (20-3), @ Oakland (33-3), New York Giants (41-7), @ New Orleans (34-19 OT)

Key Notes: Despite their .500 record, Seattle is in first place in the woeful NFC West. They've lost three of their last four games, with their only win coming over division rival Arizona.

Summary: In fact, three of Seattle's five wins have come against their division, which probably makes their win total look more impressive than it really is.

But they have a definite home field advantage, with a 3-1 record at noisy Qwest Field so far this season. That includes a win over the San Diego Chargers, which came on the strength of two kick return touchdowns from Leon Washington.

On the road, Seattle has been steamrolled by Denver, Oakland, and even St. Louis. Their signature win of the season was a road victory over Chicago that marked Bears' QB Jay Cutler's return from a concussion. His performance that day suggested that he could have used another week of recovery.

Analysis: As a former coordinator in the NFC West, Todd Haley is no stranger to traveling to Seattle. He should be well-versed at preparing an offense for the crowd noise the Chiefs will face at Qwest Field. Even better, Matt Cassel started a game in Seattle during his season as the Patriots' starter, so it won't be his first game there either.

Seattle is not an easy place to play, but the Seahawks aren't a good team. The problem is that the Chiefs haven't looked good away from Arrowhead since the Houston game, which they ultimately let slip through their fingers.

If the Chiefs can't go on the road and beat Seattle, then it's awfully hard to imagine them curing their road woes in San Diego in two weeks. That's a serious problem because it would give the Chargers a legitimate shot at finishing with 10 wins, maybe even 11 if they can beat Indianapolis this weekend.

If the Chiefs lose on the road to Seattle and San Diego, they would have to win every other game on their schedule – an 8-0 sweep at home and a road victory at St. Louis – to finish with a record of 10-6. And depending on tiebreakers, that still may not be enough in the end.

A win this week would give the Chiefs a little breathing room. But if they lose, their upcoming trip to San Diego becomes a must-win situation. Top Stories