Nuge's Nuggets

The Chiefs cannot afford to take the Seattle Seahawks lightly. This game is every bit as important as last Sunday's game against the Chargers. The Seahawks are missing their starting quarterback and running back, but sometimes when a team seems weakest, that's when they're ready to strike.

Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With quarterback Matt Hasselbeck out, the Seahawks are starting Seneca Wallace, who hasn't played a whole lot, but I assure everyone that he's up to the task. He's best known for his mobility, but he can throw the football. With wide receivers Darrell Jackson, Nate Burleson and Deion Branch, Wallace has a veteran, explosive group that will help him tremendously.

Look for the Seahawks to keep most of their playbook open, although I'd expect them to move Wallace around to maximize his talents. He's really not that different from Hasselbeck, who can move himself if forced. Keep in mind that Wallace is only 5-foot-11, so getting him on the perimeter helps him even more. He can then see the passing lanes once he's free of the pocket.

When Wallace gets free on the perimeter, it puts more pressure on the linebackers and the secondary. The corners have to make sure they stay with their guys. If they lose their man while peeking in the backfield, that could be a big play deep down the field, and the Seahawks receivers are good at creating separation and getting behind the safeties.

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I talked to the Chiefs resident mobile quarterback, Casey Printers, to get his take on what the defense is going to have to do to contain Wallace.

"Obviously up front, they're going to have to stay in their lanes," said Printers. "What I mean by that is that the four defensive linemen are going to have to rush up the field and stay in their assigned gaps. If they get outside their gaps, (Wallace) will be able to penetrate them, step up in the pocket and create some lanes to run. That's first and foremost."

"They have to try to confuse him, show him different looks and come hard at him every play," added Printers. "If you do that, it's tough for a quarterback just coming in to not take his eyes off the rush. You toss the ball down the field in a perfect world, in a perfect scenario, but when you've got guys coming at you, you tend to drop your eyes and look at the line."

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If Kansas City wins this game, a loss by Denver puts the Chiefs back in control of their divisional destiny. The Broncos have a tough game against the Indianapolis Colts, and as good as their defense is, they're going to have to score some points, something the Broncos haven't proven they can do this season.

So far this season, the Denver's defense has bailed them out, but you can't stop the Colts' offensive attack. It'll be interesting to see if the Broncos can win one with the onus squarely on the shoulders of the offense and quarterback Jake Plummer.

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