Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks
Date and Time: Friday, August 25, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Preseason NFL Week 3 Opening Odds: Seahawks -3, O/U 43
Chiefs vs. Seahawks TV Coverage: CBS
Does Russell Wilson really need any more work for the preseason? He was absolutely fantastic against the Vikings in Week 2 of the preseason, going 13-of-18 for 206 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He moved around in the pocket a little bit, delivered a couple balls right on the money down the field, used a plethora of receivers, and generally was just flat out really good. Wilson was clearly the reason why the Seahawks knocked off a Minnesota team that flat out never gets beaten in the preseason.
Still, Wilson figures to get a half of football with the starters on Friday night before calling it a day and handing the ball over to Trevon Boykin. Boykin has also been awfully good here in the preseason to date, though his 55 yards against Minnesota seemed awfully pedestrian after his dynamite game in Week1 against the Chargers when he threw for 189 yards and a score and ran for another touchdown.
The telling week of the preseason is here for the Chiefs. Alex Smith figures to get a bunch of work. Yet if there's a quarterback who could take a seat in Week 3 early in favor of the second-stringer, it would be Smith.
The reason being? Patrick Mahomes has proven that he can hold his own both with the third-string and the second-string teams. Mahomes went 10-for-14 for 88 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-12 win in Cincinnati in Week 2 of the preseason. He missed a few things for sure, but he scrambled for 29 yards and didn't make a big mistake.
It seems inevitable that Mahomes is going to take this job at some point from Smith. Could it be as early as Week 3 of the preseason?
All of a sudden, the Seahawks have a big problem on their hands at left tackle. They were counting on George Fant in that role this season before he tore his ACL in Week 2 of the preseason. Luke Joeckel could move over from guard back to tackle, but he struggled manning the left side of the line when he was in Jacksonville and figured to benefit with the switch to guard.
Rees Odhiambo and second-round draft choice, Ethan Pocic seem to be the next two men up who could challenge for this spot. Regardless, the Seahawks are in a world of hurt at left tackle right now, and it's not like Fant was thought of as one of the elite players in the game.
Still, one big injury like this could offset an entire preseason of preparation. Pete Carroll will be hoping this transition for one of his young (and cheap!) offensive linemen will end up being as smooth as possible. It's not a great time to be staring at all those Kansas City pass rushers for sure.
Chiefs vs. Seahawks Free Picks
The Seahawks rightfully should be favored in this game, particularly at home. Yet with all of the problems at left tackle, we're not all that certain that should legitimately be the case.
The Chiefs won't be using any of their tip top pass rushers in this game, but their scheme doesn't change. The pressure from the defensive ends and outside linebackers will be impressive regardless as to who is out there, and that will put a lot of pressure on whomever is going to try to protect Wilson's blind side.
We'll take whatever points we can get and give the nod to Mahomes, who could end up getting a half of work this week after Smith is finished.
Chiefs vs. Seahawks ATS Pick: Play the Chiefs at BookMaker.eu
Chiefs vs. Seahawks Score Prediction: Chiefs 20, Seahawks 17