Seahawks are a good test for the Chiefs

This Saturday night's game at Arrowhead will be the best test for the Kansas City Chiefs this preseason. Not only will all the prospective defensive starters for the upcoming season be on the field, but this Seattle Seahawks squad is pretty good. Facing the versatile Seahawks offense, this game is the equivalent of total body workout for the Chiefs defensively.

There's no such thing as a pivotal preseason game, but this one is close. Every projected starter is poised to hit the field Saturday, including Kendrell Bell, the punishing outside linebacker who came to Arrowhead this offseason with much fanfare. Bell has yet to see actual game action in a Chiefs uniform, and the Chiefs and Bell are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see Bell play with his teammates.

The Seahawks are the perfect opponent. So far the Seahawks have won a game and dropped one, beating the New Orleans Saints 34-15 last week and losing18-10 to the Cowboys Monday. Don't be fooled by Monday's defeat. Seattle has a good, balanced offense that can pound the ball with running back Shaun Alexander or go down the field with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck distributing the ball to a rebuilt receiving corps. If the Chiefs make a mistake, this offense is talented enough to make them pay.

Hasselbeck has looked sharp so far this offseason, completing 18 of 25 pass attempts for two touchdowns and one interception. That's a 72 percent completion rate. Hasselbeck looks a heck of a lot better now that he has receivers who can consistently catch passes. He's been doing a great job of distributing the ball, making it tough to key up on one particular guy. On the ground, the Seahawks have great depth at running back, starting with Shaun Alexander, who came up just short of leading the NFL in rushing last year.

Seahawks tackle Walter Jones presents a real challenge to Chiefs defensive ends Jimmy Wilkerson and Jared Allen. He's a big, tough tackle who's tough to beat. Jones is quick enough to get to the outside and strong enough to withstand a bullrush.

Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace is an excellent test for the second team defense. The third year player out of Iowa State is quick and throws well on the run. The mobile quarterback has had a dynamite 24-yard scamper for a touchdown and passed for another touchdown so far this preseason. His completion rate is only 50 percent, but the young quarterback definitely has big play ability.

Saturday's game against the Seahawks will probably be the most action the starting defensive team will see this preseason. Traditionally, starters don't play a lot in the last preseason game, if at all, so the Chiefs get one shot at getting all the guys on the field together before the start of the regular season. That's a limited window to make sure communication is smooth and that everyone's on the same page. There are few teams I can think of that would be a better test on Saturday than the Seattle Seahawks. Let's hope the Chiefs defense passes.

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