NFL Odds Favorite for Good Reason: Chiefs vs. Seahawks

David Lawrence

Friday, August 21, 2015 4:05 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 4:05 PM UTC

One team’s needs are along the offensive line, while the other team’s needs are on the defensive line and at cornerback. Find out which teams are which in this overview & the best value NFL pick.

What We Know About The Coaches
Pete Carroll is 13-8 all-time in the preseason as Seattle’s head coach. He is 0-1 in this preseason after losing to the Denver Broncos last week. Kansas City head coach Andy Reid is 29-36 in the preseason. He is 1-0 this preseason after beating the Arizona Cardinals last week. Carroll pursues wins in the preseason and tries to create a culture which seeks victory, while Reid has often struggled in the preseason but got his team to play well in the middle quarters last week against the Cardinals. This is an even matchup in terms of the circumstances involved.

Edge: Even


Quarterback Rotation
The Chiefs get the edge here. If you look at Seattle, it’s a thin bench behind Russell Wilson, with no players the Seahawks can really trust if Wilson does get injured during the regular season. Tarvaris Jackson, who had a few moments as a starter in both Seattle and Minnesota, is simply not a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL. He will get a lot of playing time, but he did not do very much for the Seahawks in their loss to the Denver Broncos last Friday. The offense sputtered almost the whole game and scored a garbage touchdown late in the fourth quarter when Denver already had a nine-point lead and had established a clear advantage. The Broncos were playing soft defense with their backups – Seattle’s backup quarterbacks did not show much.

It was just the opposite for Kansas City against Arizona. Chase Daniel could become a possible starter for an NFL team if he continues to develop. He threw for 189 yards last week against the Cardinals’ backups and powered the Chiefs to a 34-19 win after the first-string players started slowly in the opening quarter. If these two teams’ quarterbacks play anywhere close to what they did last week, the Chiefs get a huge advantage.

Edge: Chiefs


Team Depth & Rotations
The Seahawks have lots of questions on their offensive line, which stumbled against Denver’s first-string defensive front last week. Russell Wilson was sacked, and he fumbled on the opening series of the game. Seattle looked very disorganized and might need more time to get the offensive line settled. Christine Michael fumbled and very probably took himself out of the running for backup running back. He has to play really well in this game to make the team, but his prospects don’t look good.

The Chiefs need help on their defensive line, which got pushed around on the opening drive of the Arizona Cardinals’ first-string offense last week. The Cardinals cruised to a touchdown, so the Chiefs have to be tougher this week. Still, over four quarters, the condition of the Seahawks’ offensive line suggests that Kansas City will have the upper hand.

Edge: Chiefs


Outlook & Pick
The Seahawks have too many issues on their team right now, with Kam Chancellor holding out until his contract situation is addressed. The Chiefs have better backups, and in game two of a preseason schedule, that matters. Take Kansas City.

NFL Pick: Chiefs -3 at BetOnline

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