Chiefs vs Seahawks - Game 11

Posted Nov 23, 2010


CBS Regional Coverage
KCTV5 (CBS in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Bill Macatee - Color Commentator: Rich Gannon

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

The Chiefs make their first regular season visit to Seattle since 2002 as Kansas City faces the Seahawks at Qwest Field on Sunday (11/28). Kansas City is seeking to register its 400th regular season or postseason win in franchise history. The club currently has a 399-376-12 (.514) all-time record, including a 391-363-12 mark in the regular season. The Chiefs are 2-0 against NFC West opponents this season after posting a 31-10 home win vs. San Francisco (9/26) and a 31-13 victory last week vs. Arizona (11/21). Kansas City has won eight straight games vs. NFC West foes dating back to 2002. The Chiefs are looking to secure their first win in Seattle since a 24-19 win at Husky Stadium (10/29/00).

Kansas City is seeking to maintain its place atop the AFC West standings ahead of Oakland (5-5) and San Diego (5-5). Head Coach Todd Haley has guided the Chiefs to six victories this season after the franchise combined for six wins in the two seasons prior to his arrival. During his two-year tenure as Cardinals offensive coordinator from 2007-08, Arizona posted a 3-1 mark against the Seahawks. Seattle leads the NFC West with a 5-5 record and is 3-1 at Qwest Field in 2010 under first-year Head Coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks are coming off a 34-19 loss at New Orleans (11/21).

The Chiefs have committed a league-low seven giveaways in 2010 and are on pace to finish the year with 11 turnovers, which would break the NFL single season record of 12 giveways established by the ’82 Chiefs. Kansas City is 4-1 in games when it doesn’t commit a turnover this season and has allowed an NFLlow seven points off turnovers. The Chiefs boast the NFL’s top rushing attack (164.7 ypg) led by RBs Jamaal Charles (848 yards) and Thomas Jones (644), giving KC the NFL’s only tandem of rushers with over 600 yards apiece. In fact, Charles’ 848 yards exceeds the 837 team rushing yards posted by Seattle.

QB Matt Cassel has a 14 TD/INT differential (18 TDs, 4 INTs), meaning only Patriots QB Tom Brady at 15 (19 TDs, 4 INTs) is better this season. WR Dwayne Bowe has caught a TD in a franchise-record six straight contests and has an NFL-high 11 TD receptions on the year, one shy of the team single season record of 12 established by E Chris Burford in ’62.

The Chiefs have permitted just 12.8 ppg in their six victories and join Chicago as the only other team with six or more wins that that has permitted 20 points or less in all of their victories. The Seahawks have allowed 20 points or less in all fi ve of their wins in 2010. Next week Kansas City returns home for a divisional duel vs. Denver (12/5), while Seattle is home vs. Carolina (12/5).

Kansas City owns a 31-18 (.633) record in regular season play against Seattle. The two teams were regular combatants in the AFC West from ’77- 01 before realignment moved the Seahawks to the NFC West in 2002. The most recent regular season meeting between the two teams resulted in a 35- 28 Kansas City victory at Arrowhead (10/29/06). The Chiefs accumulated 499 yards of total offense in that contest, rushing the ball 53 times for 191 yards and registering 308 net passing yards.

Kansas City has won its last three contests against the Seahawks at Arrowhead, but has dropped its last two games in Seattle. The Chiefs last trip to Seattle saw a 39-32 Seahawks victory (11/24/02) as the two teams combined for 1,086 yards of total offense. The Chiefs posted a 24-17 victory against Seattle at Arrowhead (10/2/00) in a Monday Night Football contest that was also simulcast to 4,391 fans at Kauffman Stadium. The combined 82,893 fans who watched the contest marked the largest crowd ever assembled to witness a Chiefs game at the Truman Sports Complex.

The Chiefs hold an 18-8 (.692) edge in regular season competition against the Seahawks dating back to ’90, including a stellar 10-2 (.833) mark at Arrowhead. The Chiefs won eight straight contests against the Seahawks at Arrowhead from ’91-98. Seattle has won four of its last five regular season meetings with KC in the Northwest. KC was 10-11 (.476) all-time against Seattle at the Kingdome, but owns a 20-7 (.741) all-time regular season record in outdoor contests vs. the Seahawks (20-5 at Arrowhead, 1-1 at Husky Stadium and 0-1 at Qwest Field).

One of the most memorable games in the Chiefs-Seahawks series was a 17- 16 Seattle win at Arrowhead (11/11/90) as Hall of Fame LB Derrick Thomas set an NFL single-game record with 7.0 sacks. However, sack number 8.0 slipped through his grasp as QB Dave Krieg threw the game-winning 25-yard TD to WR Paul Skansi on the game’s final play.

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