Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Admit it: When the Seahawks released their schedule in April, you circled this home game—against the Kansas City Chiefs, who had dropped 38 of 48 games over the past three seasons—as a W. But the division-leading Chiefs show up today with a 6-4 record and the league’s top running attack, as Jamaal Charles (6.1 yards per carry) and Thomas Jones pound away for nearly 150 yards per game behind a strong, veteran line. Dwayne Bowe leads all NFL receivers with 11 touchdowns, 10 in the past six games. The Chiefs did the Seahawks a favor Sunday with a 31-13 win over Arizona, driving another nail into the coffin of the Hawks’ NFC West competition. Seattle tops the division at 5-5 despite a 34-19 loss at New Orleans that exposed a sketchy pass defense for the third time in four weeks. The Hawks are a team in transition, making nearly 230 personnel moves since Pete Carroll took over 10 months ago. Matt Hasselbeck's go-to receiver, Mike Williams—one of those additions—will at least be slowed, if not sidelined, by a sprained left foot. These teams were AFC West rivals for a quarter-century (1977-2001), but KC hasn’t visited in eight years. Only 13 members of the Chiefs’ young roster have played at Qwest; the 12th Man’s high-decibel din should be a factor. MICHAEL MAHONEY

Sun., Nov. 28, 1:05 p.m., 2010

 
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