They put up points in very different ways, but two of the league’s best offenses will meet in Week 16 when the Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) head to Centurylink Field to do battle with the Seattle Seahawks (8-6) on Sunday Night Football (December 23rd at 8:20pm EST).
Online sports betting sites are believers in these high-powered offenses, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 53.0, with the Chiefs opening as 3.0-point road favorites.
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City’s offense is based on Patrick Mahomes putting the ball in the air. Their second-ranked passing attack deserves a large portion of the credit for the 35.6 points per game they score (1st). But Mahomes wouldn’t want to take all the credit without referencing his preferred receivers, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, for their accomplishments.
The Chiefs’ rushing attack has also been pretty good, averaging 4.7 yards per carry (9th), but taking to the air has just been their preferred method of attack, especially since the release of Kareem Hunt. And when your quarterback has thrown for 4,543 yards and 45 touchdowns (1st), it’s not hard to understand why you’d want to lean on him.
The connection between Mahomes and Hill (1,304 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns) this season has been magical. But after a bit of a quiet game against the Chargers last week, where they only connected for 46 yards , expect Mahomes to be looking for Hill early and often in Week 16.
Tyreek Hill / Travis Kelce vs Ravens
-15 catches 216 yards 1 TD
-[KC wins] by 3
Tyreek Hill / Travis Kelce vs Chargers
-11 catches 107 yards 0 TD
-[KC loses] by 1
It’s not a guarantee but if stop those guys, it certainly helps your chances. Gotta make a team beat you left handed.
— El Dutch (@eldutchsnyds) December 14, 2018
Kansas City is going to need every point they can muster in Week 16, as their defense has been pitiful this season. The Chiefs are letting teams score 27.1 points per game, ranking 28th in the league. It’s no surprise teams are having an easy time scoring on them, as they cannot stop the run or pass, ranking 26th and 32nd, respectively.
Chiefs vs Seahawks Statistical Comparison
|35.6 (1st)||PPG||25.9 (9th)|
|427.3 (1st)||YPG||349.9 (19th)|
|114.4 (16th)||Rushing YPG||154.9 (1st)|
|312.9 (2nd)||Passing YPG||195.0 (27th)|
|27.1 (28th)||PPG Allowed||20.9 (T7th)|
|409.4 (31st)||YPG Allowed||359.7 (19th)|
|126.9 (26th)||Rushing YPG Allowed||112.3 (15th)|
|282.5 (32nd)||Passing YPG Allowed||247.4 (20th)|
|+8 (8th)||Turnover Differential||+12 (2nd)|
Kansas City’s defense will certainly be tested this week against a Seattle ground game that has been nearly unstoppable. Their league-leading rushing attack is averaging 154.9 yards per game on the ground, helping them post 25.9 points per game (ninth).
This isn’t to suggest Russell Wilson has been second-rate. In fact, he’s been solid, throwing for 3,025 yards with a 31:6 TD-to-INT ratio. The fact that Seattle wants to take the ball away from Wilson sheds light on just how forceful their rushing attack is.
— Ryan Michael 🏈 (@theryanmichael) December 18, 2018
On the other side of the ball, Seattle’s defense has been just as solid as its QB. They’re permitting just 20.9 points per game, ranking eighth in the NFL. They hang their hat on their ability to stop the run. The Seahawks only allow 112.3 rushing yards per game (15th). Facing a Chiefs rushing attack that has looked severely depleted without Hunt, the Seahawks have a good chance to make KC’s offense one dimensional.
The only problem there is that the one dimension is still Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce.