Seahawks offense stalls again in 24-10 loss in Kansas City

The Seahawks’ offense struggled again Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium, where they failed twice in fourth place and Geno Smith threw a pick into the end zone.

SEATTLE — KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Seattle drove into Kansas City territory twice in the third quarter, going for fourth twice while attempting to dig from a 17-3 hole and coming on the twice cold field too short at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.

That pretty much sums up the Seahawks offense these days.

Geno Smith struggled to deal with the Chiefs’ pass rush, his wide receiver group, which was missing the injured Tyler Lockett, struggled to make plays, and the Seahawks only reached the end zone with a mostly meaningless touchdown in the closing minutes of one 24-10 loss almost throws Seattle out of the playoff hunt with two games remaining in the regular season.

It was the fifth loss in six games for a Seahawks team, which was a surprising 6-3 after beating Arizona on Nov. 6.

The Seahawks’ downfall over the past six weeks has largely come from the downfall of their offense, in which a series of injuries to their running backs — and now a broken hand for Lockett — have kept Smith from getting much help.

Seattle (7-8) briefly lost another Saturday when wide receiver Marquise Goodwin slammed his wrist.

Without them, the Seahawks struggled to move the ball and fired on their first six possessions before eventually scoring a pre-half field goal that was largely the result of two penalties against Chiefs defensive back Joshua Williams.

Even then, Seattle failed to hit the end zone three times before sending Jason Myers out for the kick.

However, coach Pete Carroll’s side’s offensive problems were perhaps best summed up in the third quarter as the Chiefs struggled to extend their lead. Seattle had a promising drive-end when tight end Colby Parkinson was stuffed close to the line at the Kansas City 34 to win in fourth place, and a few minutes later another fourth-place try failed when Laquon Treadwell lost his route Failed to race first down marker and came up short.

The Seahawks drove again in the fourth and tried again to make it a one-ball game when Smith spotted Treadwell heading for the pylon. But the Pro Bowl quarterback’s throw sent everyone airborne except for safety Juan Thornhill, who tapped his toes in the end zone to secure the interception 7:42 into the game.

That was the last good chance Seattle had for a comeback.

In the end, it was a dismal performance that mirrored the last two for the Seahawks as they gained 287 yards in a 30-24 loss to the Panthers and 277 yards in last week’s 21-13 loss to the 49ers. And it was one that nearly put the Seahawks out of contention for a playoff spot in the NFC with two games to go.

The Seahawks still haven’t won since November 21, 1999 at Arrowhead Stadium. … The Seahawks were one of three teams Mahomes had yet to beat, along with Indianapolis and Minnesota. … Mahomes extended his consecutive winning streak to 21 early in the game before missing his next throw. … McKinnon has six TDs in his last four games.

Seahawks: NT Al Woods (Achilles) and SS Ryan Neal (knee) were inactive. … FS Joey Blount (knee) and RB Travis Homer (ankle) left in the first quarter and RT Abraham Lucas (hamstring) in the third. … WR Marquise Goodwin also left with a wrist injury but was able to get back into the game.

Seahawks to host the New York Jets next Sunday.

Chiefs: to host the Denver Broncos next Sunday. Seahawks offense stalls again in 24-10 loss in Kansas City

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