The naughty list: 3 duds from Seahawks Week 16 loss against the Chiefs
By Almar Reyes
Seahawks having troubles against tight ends
In back-to-back weeks, Seattle was gashed by a tight end. In Week 15, they were run over by George Kittle, and in Week 16, it was Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce who did the damage. Although most will say that Kittle and Kelce are two of the top tight ends in the league today, even with that said, the Seahawks cannot allow these players to run all over the field getting in open spaces to catch and run the ball.
The Seahawks’ run defense was the most glaring defect in the offense for much of the season, covering what was another problem, which was their coverage of tight ends. At times, the rookie cornerbacks are outmatched, or blowing their coverage on the tight ends, leaving them wide open. Travis Kelce was able to catch 6 passes for 113 yards against the Seahawks, in a game where the Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes could only throw for 224 yards.
When you hold a superstar quarterback like Patrick Mahomes to less than 300 yards and 2 scores, a team must be able to win, but with the offense sputtering, the Seattle defense needed more.