If Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson wins the starting job for his team when the regular season opens on September 9, he can send a big thank-you note to the secondary for the Kansas City Chiefs. Wilson lit up the Chiefs’ secondary for a 13-of-19 night and 185 yards, throwing two touchdowns against no interceptions and led Seattle to a 44-14 win.
On the other side of the coin, Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassell did not play well in his most extensive work of August. Cassell was 19-for-34, a mediocre completion percentage as it is, and it gets worse when you consider the 19 completions netted only 168 yards. The one positive that came out of this night on an individual level for Kansas City is that running back Nate Eachus produced 98 yards on 10 carries, as the 22-year-old kid from Colgate pushes to make the team as the third-stringer behind Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis.
Charles continued to be used sparingly, getting the ball only six times, but he did rush for 32 yards. He’s running well when he gets the ball, although it looks like head coach Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll have made the decision not to test his endurance prior to the regular season. I agree with that approach—good health is the most important thing a football team can take out of August.
But beyond good health, it would be nice to at least see some signs of an emerging winner. Certainly the history books are filled with teams that played poorly in preseason games and turned things around when the games started for real. Given that the NFL preseason finale next week is usually reserved almost exclusively for backups, Kansas City fans will have to hope the 2012 Chiefs are going to be the latest example of that.
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