Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 12/23/18 Week 16 Predictions

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The Chiefs' secondary had a hard night, as they had to play a quarterback who was on fire. The Seahawks had to get creative.

"Everybody has to step up".

The Chiefs (11-4) are already assured of a spot in the playoffs, so at least that pressure is off the table.

This is still a very good team, and they'll be even tougher playing in Arrowhead in the postseason.

Kansas City has lost three games by a total of seven points. Coming off a two-touchdown breakout last week against the Chargers, Williams can be trusted as a solid RB2 versus the Seahawks. The Chiefs would also lose the division and plummet all the way to the No. 5 seed and an unexpected wild-card game.

Playing the rookies, though, says a lot about Chiefs' desperation to fix their woeful defense.

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Speaking of the K.C. defense, this should be coordinator Bob Sutton's final warning that if he can't maintain pace with the consistency of the offense, he does not belong a Super Bowl level team. "Come out and really attack this game and not wait a quarter, or two, to really get rolling". Both teams have injuries at key positions with Seattle down a starting safety and Reshaad Penny in addition to their line troubles and KC missing Spencer Ware and potentially Kendall Fuller, further depleting their thinnest position groups. The Chiefs come in at 11-3 and are in the driver's seat for home-field advantage in the playoffs for the AFC. "We're going to find a way". We got it again. We still control our own destiny.

I know we all want to believe things are different this time because we finally have our franchise quarterback, but I have an entire lifetime of experience with this team of losing big games when it counts the most.

Patrick Mahomes will have another flawless game, and the defense will surprise us with a couple of great plays from the secondary.

Like a player straight out of the 1930s, Dickson kicked off without a tee after Janikowski was able to make a short field goal. In their next, a month later against the Rams, the Chiefs coughed up the go-ahead touchdown with 1:49 left in a 54-51 shootout loss. As opposed to the relative certainty heading into Week 17 previous year, when all four first-round byes had been secured and seven of eight division titles clinched, intrigue will abound all day, with playoff implications at stake in 11 of the 16 games.

But with the game and a postseason berth on the line Sunday night, the Seahawks diverted from their offensive philosophy.

There have been plenty of other problems, of course. Kelce passed Tony Gonzalez for most yards receiving in a single season by a tight end in Chiefs history. This gave the Raiders a lead they would not relinquish. "At this time of year, whatever it takes to win, that's what you've got to do", Tom Brady said. He was the Week 8 NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and had 27 of his 71 punts stay within the 20.

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