Chiefs vs Seahawks : Earlier this week, the NFL outlined five ways the Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot this weekend, and the first of those five scenarios required a Seahawks win on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs combined with a Washington loss or tie against the Tennessee Titans.
Two contenders will meet under the lights with everything to play for and the nation watching as the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks clash at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night in a game full of implications.
The Seahawks can put themselves in a prime position to claim an NFC wild card spot with a victory while the Chiefs are jockeying with the Los Angeles Chargers for the AFC West crown.
Los Angeles plays the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, and if they lose, Kansas City can win the division with a victory over Seattle. A Los Angeles win means that the Chiefs will need a win of their own to maintain the tiebreaker and division lead over the rival Chargers.
Simply put, both teams have plenty on the line as they take the field on Sunday Night Football.
The Seahawks own an 8-6 record this season and have won four of their last five games behind the top rushing attack in the NFL. Seattle leads the league in rushing yards per game (154.9) and rushes of double-digit yardage (66) with a battery of tailbacks that includes Chris Carson (913 rushing yards), Mike Davis (439 rushing yards) and Rashaad Penny (413 rushing yards).
Penny, Seattle’s first-round pick in the 2018 Draft, is listed as questionable for the game with a knee injury, but the duo of Carson and Davis is still more than capable even if the former San Diego State star can’t suit up.
Carson, in particular, is coming off his top game as a professional with 148 yards from scrimmage in Seattle’s overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week. He has the fifth-most carries in the NFL (90) since Week 11 and has been critical in the Seahawks’ midseason turnaround from 4-5 in early November to fighting for a playoff spot a month later.
The Chiefs’ ability to slow down that rushing attack – whether it be Carson, Davis or Penny if he’s able to play – will likely be paramount on Sunday.
“It takes team defense,” said linebacker Anthony Hitchens. “All 11 guys need to be on the same page and getting to the ball. As long as we do that, I think we’ll be alright.