The Chiefs’ ability to slow down that rushing attack – whether it be Carson, Davis or Penny if he’s able to play – will likely be paramount on Sunday.
“It takes team defense,” said linebacker Anthony Hitchens. “All 11 guys need to be on the same page and getting to the ball. As long as we do that, I think we’ll be alright.”
Of course, Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson can move the ball with his legs, too.
The dynamic Wilson has 57 carries for 321 yards on the ground this season – or 5.6 yards every time he tucks and runs with the ball.
It marks the second time in three weeks that Kansas City will face a mobile quarterback after defending Ravens’ signal caller Lamar Jackson back in Week 14, though Wilson is more of a traditional passer than the fleet-footed Jackson at this point in his career.
“He will run the option game a bit – the RPO type thing – or he’s involved with a read, but not to the extent that Baltimore does,” said Head Coach Andy Reid. “You still have to be aware of him though, because he’s nifty, and he’s obviously a good thrower, too. You have to be ready for that.”
Indeed, Wilson is in the midst of one of the best statistical seasons of his career.
The seven-year veteran and Super Bowl XLVIII champion has thrown for 3,025 yards and 31 touchdowns to just six interceptions while averaging 8.2 yards per attempt. Wilson’s 111.6 passer rating is his top mark on record.
“He’s been a Pro Bowl player, and rightfully so,” Reid said. “Ever since he came into the league, he turned that organization around. It was a great pick by them. They have a great personnel department, a great head coach and a good coaching staff. You get a guy like that who jumps in and has been as productive as he has, my hats off to him. He’s a heck of a player.”