Ladies and gentlemen, here we are. The third (and in my opinion, the most important) preseason game is upon us. The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Seattle Seahawks, and considering everything that has been going on with both teams recently, there are storylines to be had. Out of those, I’ve come up with three that I think deserve special attention going in.
The first deals with the quarterback situation in Seattle. I was kind of excited to hear that Russell Wilson was starting for the Seahawks. I like to watch rookie quarterbacks play to see what their potential might be. It’s always cool for me to see the development of quarterbacks coming out of college. After carving up the Denver Broncos, will Wilson be able to handle the Chiefs the same way? Hopefully not, but you never know.
The second has to do with the unfortunate recent injury situation. With cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and free safety Kendrick Lewis both sidelined until further notice, the backups are going to have their work cut out for them, even against Wilson on Friday. Watch for the Seahawks to spam the aerial attack (with wide receiver Terrell Owens looking to make a statement so as to hopefully get himself out of the discussion of being cut).
The last one to watch for, and one I’m going to be paying particular attention to as a Chiefs fan, is the status of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel has said that while he doesn’t believe Bowe would be ready to play a full game, that he would, indeed, get some plays in against Seattle. And really, this is okay for now. He’s only been back with the club for less than a week and it’s going to take time to get him ready to play that full game. So, in my view, everything’s still a go, Bowe-wise.
This game should be very fun to watch, no matter who you’re rooting for. I think if you’re a Chiefs fan; you’re done looking at backup quarterback (sorry Ricky Stanzi), you want to see what your secondary looks like after losing two of your better players, and to win this game to make up for last week’s loss to the St. Louis Rams. If you’re a Seahawks fan, you’re looking to see if Wilson really is starting caliber and you ideally want Owens to step up and make big plays this week. For the Kansas City Chiefs, I would say getting a win here is important. And it isn’t so much for the sole sake of getting a win: it’s for the sake of momentum. Being a big believer in momentum, I think it’s very important to get the team feeling good during the biggest preseason game in front of your home crowd. As a fan of the red and yellow, let’s get a win on our home turf this Friday. Please keep comments respectful, as always.