Seahawks-Chiefs Preseason Preview

Brian McIntyre previews Saturday night's preseason tilt between the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.

Seattle Seahawks (2-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)

Time & Place: 5:00pm PT, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Preseason Series: These former AFC West rivals have previously met three times in the preseason, with the Seahawks a perfect 3-0 in the series.

Notable Newcomers

Kansas City
Todd Haley, head coach (Arizona)
Andy Alleman, G (Trade, Miami)
Monty Biesel, LB (UFA, Arizona)
Mike Brown, S (UFA, Chicago)
Matt Cassel, QB (Trade, New England)
Travis Daniels, CB (UFA, Cleveland)
Bobby Engram, WR (UFA, Seattle)
Eric Ghiaciuc, C (UFA, Cincinnati)
Matt Gutierrez, QB (UFA, New England)
Ashley Lelie, WR (UFA, Oakland)
Corey Mays, ILB (UFA, Cincinnati)
Ikechuku Ndukwe, G (Trade, Miami)
Zach Thomas, ILB (UFA, Dallas)
Amani Toomer, WR (UFA, NY Giants)
Mike Vrabel, OLB (Trade, New England)

Seattle
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR (UFA, Cincinnati)
Colin Cole, DT (UFA, Green Bay)
John Owens, TE (UFA, Detroit)
Ken Lucas, CB (UFA, Carolina)

2009 Draft Class

Denver
Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU (1st round, 3rd overall)
Alex Magee, DE, Purdue (3rd round, 67th overall)
Donald Washington, CB, Ohio State (4th round, 102nd overall)
Colin Brown, OT, Missouri (5th round, 139th overall)
Quinten Lawrence, WR, McNeese State (6th round, 175th overall)
Javarris Williams, RB, Tennessee State (7th round, 212th overall)
Jake O'Connell, TE, Miami (Ohio) (7th round, 237th overall)
Ryan Succop, K, South Carolina (7th round, 256th overall)

Seattle
Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest (1st round, 4th overall)
Max Unger, C/G, Oregon (2nd round, 49th overall)
Deon Butler, WR, Penn State (3rd round, 91st overall)
Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers (6th round, 178th overall)
Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers (7th round, 245th overall)
Nick Reed, DE, Oregon (7th round, 247th overall)
Cameron Morrah, TE, California (7th round, 248th overall)

Stats & Rankings (2008 regular season rankings)

Kansas City

Offense
Total: 24th (308.7 yards per game)
Passing: 20th (195.6 yards per game)
Rushing: 16th (113.1 yards per game)
Scoring: 26th (18.2 points per game)

Defense
Total: 31st (393.2 yards per game)
Passing: 28th (234.2 yards per game)
Rushing: 30th (158.9 yards per game)
Scoring: 29th (27.5 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-8th (+5)

Seattle

Offense
Total: 28th (274.0 yards per game)
Passing: 29th (163.6 yards per game)
Rushing: 19th (110.5 yards per game)
Scoring: 25th (18.4 points per game)

Defense
Total: 30th (378.0 yards per game)
Passing: 32nd (259.3 yards per game)
Rushing: 18th (118.7 yards per game)
Scoring: 25th (24.5 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: 25th (-7)

TV/Radio

KING-5 will broadcast the game locally, with Curt Menefee handling the play-by-play duties and Warren Moon providing the analysis. 710 ESPN Seattle has the radio call, with Steve Raible on play-by-play and former Seahawks quarterback Sam Adkins joining him in the booth. The NFL Network will replay the game at 8pm PT.

‘Hawks to Watch

Seahawks to keep an eye on when the Seahawks head into a renovated Arrowhead Stadium:

Deion Branch – The veteran has zero receptions so far this preseason, so the Seahawks plan to give Branch a feature role in the offense on Saturday night. With the emergence this summer of Deon Butler, there are some who feel that Branch is expendable. While that wouldn't come as a surprise, if he can come in at flanker in three-wide sets, catch 4-5 passes for 50-60 yards per game and create space for T.J. Houshmandzadeh and John Carlson, he'd serve a very useful purpose in this offense. 

Nick Reed – During an interview with 950-KJR's "Mitch in the Morning" program earlier this week, Seahawks head coach Jim Mora mentioned that they're going to get Reed some playing time against the Chiefs' first-team offense. During that interview, Mora also said that he thinks Reed, who has done nothing but turn heads and make plays this summer, will "be wearing a Seahawk uniform" this season.

Steve Vallos – With Chris Spencer on the shelf, Vallos is the team's starting center for the foreseeable future. Considering how well he has played when given the opportunity, and the importance of continuity along the offensive line, there's a very real possibility that Vallos could be the starter even when Spencer is healthy enough to return.

Aaron Curry & Lawrence Jackson – The last two #1 picks by the Seahawks are coming off groin strains that kept them out of the Broncos game, but are healthy now and could see significant playing time against the Chiefs on Saturday.  

Julius Jones – Also held out of the Broncos game, it'll be interesting to see if there's some extra oomph in Jones' carries now that the team has signed Edgerrin James to "complement" him.  

First-Team Defense – In addition to watching how Jackson, Curry, and Reed play, all eyes should be on the ‘Hawks first-team defense, which has game-planned for this game. It's still just the preseason, but if this unit plays as poorly as it did against Denver, panic buttons will be pushed. 


In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog and writes for FalconInsider.com on the Scout network. If you'd like to e-mail Brian, you may do so by clicking here.

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