The Seattle Seahawks play the Kansas City Chiefs on December 24 at 10 a.m
SEATTLE — When the Seahawks take the field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Saturday, temperatures are unlikely to break double digits, with near-zero wind chills.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll may need to draw on his experience from a few years in Minneapolis. It was January 10, 2016 when the Seahawks played the Vikings in the third coldest NFL game ever. It was 6-down at kick-off. Carroll remembered it well speaking to King 5 during Seahawks Central.
“It was really cold. It was really quite cold where you could really feel it walking out before the game,” said Carroll. “The boys felt it and we just had to put it in the right place, put it behind us and go play ball. This was a powerful experience of the elements.
“I’m glad we did it, just as I’m glad we’re doing this. It’s good for us. It’s going to make us more aware and make us more focused and determined to get the job done that we’re here to do. The cool part was winning in the end.”
Winning this matchup with the Chiefs is going to be a big challenge. The Chiefs lead the NFL in most offensive categories, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his wide arsenal of weapons, including Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelcie.
“Kelcie had a million goals and his numbers are over the moon and the quarterback loves him for all the right reasons,” Carroll said. “They’re a great combination, so it’s going to be really challenging. We have to push him around, try different covers. We have to do everything and they will still make their completions. So determined are they in their style and their plans. However, we will try to keep the fire low.”
The less offense the Chiefs have on the field Saturday, the better. It will be largely up to the Seahawks’ offense to minimize the Chiefs’ offensive opportunities, meaning quarterback Geno Smith must continue his strong season that earned him his first Pro Bowl selection. He is one of four Seahawks, including those selected to the Pro Bowl. Smith joins safety Quandre Diggs, cornerback Tariq Woolen and kicker Jason Myers.
“The stories are great. Geno’s story is historic,” said Carroll. “I’m just thrilled with his rise. And on the other hand, who would have thought that Tariq would end up in this situation? He showed signs early on. He suited DK, he suited Marquise and Tyler “We were trying to find out if it really was him and in fact he got better and better. He’s just starting out. He’s going to have a fantastic career.”
“The heart warmer for me is Quandre Diggs. He was on the field at the end of the season last year and just heartbroken when he knew what just happened. And to make it all the way back through difficult surgery and rehab and making him return to be one of the best players in the NFL is a remarkable story in itself and a great honor for him.
Jason Myers has had a great career for us. He was a great Seahawk. I’m just amazed at his consistency. It’s such a difficult job, it’s so hard. He’s a great professional.”
Watch Seahawks Central on Kong on Thursdays at 9:30pm and again on King on Saturdays at 7pm.
https://www.king5.com/article/sports/nfl/seahawks/taking-on-chiefs-frigid-temps-will-make-seahawks-focused-determined/281-e70f9830-b7a7-4418-9a70-c56cbb82ef5e Pete Carroll: Taking on the Chiefs in frigid temps will make Seahawks more focused, determined