Chiefs try to keep pace in AFC as Seattle visits Saturday

The Chiefs will look to keep up with Buffalo for the best record in the AFC when they meet the collapsing Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.

SEATTLE (7-7) at KANSAS CITY (11-3)

Saturday, 10 a.m. Pacific, FOX

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NFL LINE: Chiefs at 9 1/2

AGAINST DISSEMINATION: Seahawks 6-8; Chiefs 4-9-1

SERIAL RECORDING: Chiefs lead 33-19

LAST MEETING: The Seahawks beat the Chiefs 38-31 on December 23, 2018 in Seattle

LAST WEEK: Seahawks lost to 49ers 21-13; Chiefs beat Texans 30-24 in OT

SEAHAWKS INJURY: OVERALL (14), RUSH (22), PASS (9), SCORING (7)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE: OVERALL (29), RUSH (31), PASS (17), SCORING (29)

CHIEFS OFFENSE: OVERALL (1), RUSH (16), PASS (1), SCORING (1)

CHIEFS DEFENSE: OVERALL (14), RUSH (5), PASS (21), SCORING (18)

SALES DIFFERENCE: Seahawks plus-1; Chiefs minus 5.

SEAHAWKS PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR DK Metcalf should get more attention than usual as Tyler Lockett underwent surgery for a broken hand bone. Metcalf has 79 catches for 924 yards and six touchdowns this season, numbers almost identical to Lockett’s.

CHIEFS PLAYERS TO SEE: You could pick QB Patrick Mahomes any week, but especially this one because the MVP contender made 20 straight passes to get into the game. Nick Foles, Philip Rivers and Ryan Tannehill share the NFL record with 25 straight. Mahomes has also thrown for 4,496 yards, putting him on pace to break Peyton Manning’s record of 5,477 yards in a single season during his 2013 MVP season with the Broncos.

KEY COMPARISON: Chiefs RBs Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon could hold their own against a Seattle-led defense that’s better than just another team in the league. Pacheco has at least 66 rushing yards in six straight games, and McKinnon has had five touchdowns on the ground or in the air in the last three games.

KEY VIOLATIONS: Seahawks RBs Kenneth Walker III (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle), TE Noah Fant (knee), FS Ryan Neal (knee), NT Al Woods (Achilles) and LB Darrell Taylor (illness) missed practice time this week. … Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman (stomach injury) could play for the first time since Week 9. DTs Chris Jones and Khalen Saunders, DE Mike Danna and SS Deon Bush missed practice time with illness.

SERIES NOTES: The Seahawks slipped in three games against Kansas City when the teams last met in Seattle in 2018, but they haven’t won a game at Arrowhead Stadium since a 31-19 win on Nov. 21, 1999. The teams played together in the AFC West from 1977-2001.

STATISTICS AND STUFF: The Seahawks have lost four of their last five games. … Seattle has rotated the ball more than 20 times this season, which ranks fourth in franchise history. … Seahawks K Jason Myers has scored 21 straight field goals. He’s 6-6 for at least 50 yards this season and ties Steven Hauschka for most such field goals in a season in team history. … The Chiefs clinched their seventh straight AFC West title with the overtime win in Houston last weekend. … The Chiefs need another win for their fifth straight 12-win season, the third-longest streak in NFL history. … The Chiefs had 502 total yards of offense against the Texans, the third time they have surpassed 500 yards this season. They also broke a franchise record with their 19th straight game for at least 300 yards. … Mahomes had 35 TD passes and was the only QB with four or more such seasons, along with Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. … Mahomes has 11 TD runs this season, breaking Alex Smith’s franchise record for a QB. … The Seahawks and Vikings are the only teams Mahomes has not defeated in his first five years as starting QB. … Chiefs TE Travis Kelce needs five catches to reach 800 for his career. … Mahomes and Kelce have linked for TDs 46 times, joining Len Dawson and Otis Taylor for the most tandems in Chiefs history. … Chiefs LB Nick Bolton still needs a game of 10 or more tackles to break the season record of seven set by Donnie Edwards.

FANTASY TIP: McKinnon has become invaluable to Kansas City’s offense over the past three weeks, and the Fantasy owners who picked him up ahead of the playoffs are reaping the rewards. But both Kansas City running backs have a favorable matchup with Seattle, which has struggled on the pass but mostly on the run this season.

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Emma Bowman

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