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Seattle’s Defense Both Good and Ugly in Win at Kansas City

Saturday night’s game against the Chiefs showed what the Seahawks are defensively; unfortunately, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Defensively, the Seahawks came out strong…for the most part.

Against the pass, Seattle played in a way that it could finally be pleased with.

A game-ending blow to Kansas City’s Matt Cassel on the newly acquired quarterback’s first passing attempt was the result of a Brandon Mebane two-yard sack.

With Tyler Thigpen and then Matt Gutierrez in at quarterback for the rest of the game Seattle didn’t let up their pressure, sacking the back-ups three times and causing Gutierrez to throw two interceptions.

Star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was limited to only 38 yards on three receptions. Newly acquired veteran receiver Ashley Lelie led the Chiefs with 52 yards on four receptions.

Seattle’s run-stopping was not as fortunate as its pass-stopping counterpart.

Both Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles carved up the Seahawks throughout the game.

Of Johnson’s eight carries totaling 36 yards, three went for over seven yards.

Charles ate up 54 yards on the ground on seven carries.

Kansas City was the first to get on the scoreboard with cornerback Brandon Flowers intercepting Matt Hasselbeck’s first pass attempt of the game and taking it 28 yards for the pick six. Hasselbeck’s pass was intended for starting slot receiver Deion Branch.

On Seattle’s next possession, Olindo Mare missed a 51-yard field goal wide left after the offense failed to move the ball further than five yards on any play of the series except for one play, a 31-yard pass completion between Hasselbeck and starting wideout Nate Burleson.

Kansas City and Seattle traded missed field goals during the first part of the second quarter.

With only a minute to go until the half, Seattle finally put up its first points of the game when Hasselbeck found his favorite red-zone target, TJ Houshmandzadeh, for an eight-yard strike. An Olindo Mare extra point tied up the game at 7-7.

Hasselbeck picked up in the third quarter where he left off in the second, hitting second-year tight end John Carlson for a 28-yard scoring strike that gave the Seahawks the lead that they would end up not giving up the rest of the night.

With 11:54 left in the fourth quarter, Kansas City scored its final three points of the game when Ryan Succop booted a 35-yard field goal to cut the Chiefs’ deficit to four at 14-10.

Kansas City would not get any closer, losing to Seattle at home by the final score of 14-10.

Seattle was led through the air by Hasselbeck, who went 19-for-25, 216 yards, two touchdowns and the one interception that gave Kansas City its initial lead of the game.

Despite dressing for the game, Edgerrin James did not enter the game for Seattle.

Instead, the Seahawks relied on Julius Jones, Justin Forsett and Devin Moore to handle the team’s running responsibilities. Jones totaled 57 yards on 15 carries, while Forsett got 45 on 12. Moore, the undrafted rookie out of Wyoming, earned just 12 yards on seven carries.

John Carlson and TJ Houshmandzadeh led the way for Seattle’s receivers with five receptions and a touchdown a piece, earning 68 and 60 yards, respectively. Nate Burleson had caught two balls for 49 yards.

Seattle plays its final preseason game when the team plays host to the Oakland Raiders. Kickoff is schedule for 10:00pm Eastern Thursday, September 3.

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