Three takeaways from Seahawks’ Week 16 loss to Chiefs

The Seahawks’ post-season aspirations hit another hit Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It was one of the coldest games in franchise history and the Seahawks fought fiercely to get anything against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in a clash on Christmas Eve.

Patrick Mahomes and the strong captain who took the lead never surrendered, as the Seahawks failed to score a goal until the final minutes of the fourth half.

Having lost 5 of the last 6 games, the possibility of reaching the knockout stages is becoming increasingly unlikely for a team that is on the verge of promotion this season.

Here are three takeaways from the Seahawks’ 24-10 loss:

Losing in the trenches

Geno Smith ran for his life throughout the first half, as it seemed nearly every setback faced significant pressure from Kansas City’s solid defence.

Although Ken Walker finished at 100 yards, the skiing was tough against the Seahawks’ onslaught for most of the game.

While the stats might indicate that attack moved the ball well, they’ll need a lot more work against the New York Jets in Week 17 to maintain that slim playoff chance.

On the other side of the ball, Mahomes faces one of the lowest pressure ratios he has seen in years against the Seahawks’ seventh team.

Defensive silver lining

While it was a rough day for the Seahawks, Clint Hurtt’s defense fought off arguably the NFL’s deadliest offense.

The Seahawks have outstripped Kansas City in yardage, while keeping thirds and lower conversions huge with a conversion rate of just 27.3% (h/t Michael-Shawn Dugar).

The final two weeks will feature more favorable opponents for the Seahawks’ defense, with the Jets and Zach Wilson’s constant struggles ahead of the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams led by Baker Mayfield.

complete driving

Saturday’s game was the ultimate example of the importance of ending point shots in the NFL.

The Seahawks had three drives that finished in Kansas City territory in the second half with no points to score and failed a total of three different times in conversion attempts from fourth down.

Jason Myers is 26th out of 27 goalscorers this season, but he can only come off the field when foul play helps him succeed.

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Edmund DeMarche

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