Chiefs Are Built To Beat The Seahawks

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Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass against the New York Jets in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

And finally, the number one reason why I believe the Chiefs win this game tomorrow, which is interestingly enough the complete reverse: The Chiefs’ offense is built to beat Seattle.

Throughout the course of the season, Seattle’s stout pass defense has shown one glaring flaw: an inability to stop the short pass. Usually with Seattle, the only way to throw down field against their corners is with an incredible talent at wide receiver. Just last week, the Giants had some success doing this because of a standout performance from Odell Beckham Jr. The Chiefs don’t have a player like that.

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What they do have, however, is a remarkably efficient short yardage passing game powered by fast playmakers. Alex Smith has done a nice job of playing the exact type of football his detractors hate him for, and in the process the Chiefs have dink-and-dunked their way to 6 wins. Throw in players like Travis Kelce and De’Anthony Thomas, who do an excellent job catching the ball behind the line of scrimmage and then finding yardage, and the Chiefs have built a steady passing attack. It isn’t pretty, but it works. The Chiefs passing game is designed to beat teams like Seattle.

Even more troubling for Seattle is that their big nose tackle Brandon Mebane is out for the season. Easily their best run-stopper, Seattle will now be just as vulnerable to the run as the Chiefs are expected to be. The only difference, of course, being that Seattle has struggled this year in defending against the type of pass plays the Chiefs call their bread and butter.

Either way, the Chiefs will look to paper-cut the Seahawks to death.

If Seattle follows Kansas City’s lead and decides to stack the box and stop the run, expect the Chiefs’ playmakers to shift their way into the endzone off of short passes. If they do the opposite, Jamaal will rip them for big gains and big scores. Either way, the Chiefs will look to paper-cut the Seahawks to death.

I expect it to work.