Most notably, Pete Carroll vs. Rob Riggle.
The Seahawks head coach called out the funny man via Twitter (in a jocking matter, mind you) on Wednesday morning, and of course, Riggle responded. It's Carroll's Hawks vs. Riggle's Chiefs in a battle for bragging rights. Yes, this is the preseason.
Of course, there are some pretty important battles on the field, as well. Let's take a further look at this intriguing preseason matchup.
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
When: Friday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: Not nationally televised, but Online at NFL Preseason Live
Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 92 or Online at NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line (via Bet 365)
Point Spread: Seahawks (-1) at Chiefs
What’s At Stake?
You might think that as the preseason nears to a close and the playing time for the starters begins to dwindle, there isn't much at stake.
From a scoring or record perspective, you'd be right. No one cares about the final numbers on the scoreboard, but there are plenty of position battles still up in the air.
The biggest of those, without a doubt, is the Seahawks' QB battle. Rookie Russell Wilson is getting his first start over Matt Flynn, and according to ESPN's Adam Schefter (via Rotoworld's Evan Silva), there is plenty on the line:
Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter #Seahawks QB job is "out of (Matt Flynn's) hands" at this pt. Wilson will start if he plays well Friday.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) August 22, 2012
If Wilson excels, he's the starter. If he doesn't, the job is likely Flynn's. So yeah, there's quite a bit riding on this one.
Injury Report (Via CBS Sports)
Roy Lewis, DB, Out
Sidney Rice, WR, Probable
Doug Baldwin, WR, Out
Zach Miller, TE, Questionable
Brandon Flowers, DB, Probable
Seahawks Player to Watch: Russell Wilson, QB
I realize I'm making this all about Wilson, but, well, it's going to be all about Wilson, who has looked like one of the best rookies in the NFL through two games.
"Dange-Russ" has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 279 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, but he's also proved to be dynamic on the ground, rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown.
But that's been against second- and third-teamers. This time around, Wilson must prove his worth against an impressive Kansas City defense in a hostile environment.
It may be the preseason, but this is a tall test for the QB who is well on his way to proving all his doubters very wrong.
Chiefs Player to Watch: Jamaal Charles, RB
Kansas City's defense was fairly stout last year, but if it is going to improve on its 7-9 record, the offense must be better.
That starts with the running game, which in turn will be fueled by Charles, who missed almost all of last season with a torn ACL.
The Chiefs are bringing him back slowly and limiting his preseason touches, so there won't be a ton to see here, but it will important to keep an eye on just how explosive Charles is. He was one of the quickest, most dynamic backs in the league two years ago, so gaining that explosion back after a knee injury is key, especially for him.
Prediction: Seattle 27, Kansas City 21
Predicting a preseason game is about as bad as betting on a WWE match, but there are at least a few factors in play here.
Wilson, of course, has a lot riding on this, so he'll have to come out with nothing less than 100 percent. I think he gives the 'Hawks the lead, and I think Matt Flynn, who also has plenty to prove, will keep the lead.
Two starting-caliber quarterbacks playing the entire game is usually a recipe for success in the preseason.
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