By Fred Liggett
“Sleepless in Seattle” was the title of a 1993 movie, the title right now could also explain the current feelings of the Seattle Seahawks players and their fans. Seattle enters this week’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a lot in common with the visitors from the Midwest.
Seahawks, at 8-6, come into the game off of an overtime defeat at San Francisco. The result was far from what the Seahawks players and fans were expecting from a team who had beaten the 49’ers 10 straight times. With a win last Sunday Seattle would have clinched an NFL playoff berth something they continue to seek today. The Kansas City Chiefs did not lose on a game ending field goal but a two point conversion by the Los Angeles Chargers with just four seconds left in the game. The loss dropped the Chiefs to 11-3 and kept the team from clinching the AFC West division title for the third straight season. Chiefs players and fans were sleepless afterwards as the team had beaten the Chargers a franchise record nine straight times. Both the Chiefs and Seahawks left the field with streak ending disappointing losses.
Time now for both teams to move on and still clinch what they were seeking a week ago. All they have to do is win a meaningful late season game under the bright lights of a prime time game. Seattle has suffered from defensive breakdowns this season. The Seahawks offense keyed by franchise QB Russell Wilson has also seen some sluggish play in 2018 resulting in them being just two games above .500 at this point. Not helping the team get a good night’s rest is the fact 10 players missed at least a portion of Wednesday’s practice this week.
KC Chiefs players and fans are closer to a good night’s sleep thanks to Pro Bowl Safety Eric Berry slated to play the entire game against Seattle. The Chiefs have had 10 days to prepare for the road trip to Seattle. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has a stellar record coming off from bye weeks and is known for using added prep time wisely. Wednesday’s team practice saw only three Chiefs miss time. Those three are CB Kendall Fuller, OL Mitch Schwartz and WR Sammy Watkins. When this one is done expect the Chiefs players and fans to be ready for a good night’s rest after returning to victory column on Sunday night.
That’s What I REID Into It for this week.