Seahawks-Chiefs Recap: Backups Battle in KC

Richard BowlerSenior Analyst IOctober 30, 2006

In this battle of backup QB's the Seattle Seahawks came up short, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Seattle Seahawks lost starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to a knee sprain last week and stepping in for him was fourth year QB Senecca Wallace. For the Kansas City Chiefs veteran QB Damon Huard stepped in for the injured Trent Green who has been out with head injury for a few weeks. With both starting quarterbacks out, a low scoring game seemed to be on the docket. That happened to not be the case, with the Chiefs winning by seven in an old fashion shoot-out.

IconThe Kansas City offense was firing on all cylinders today with a balance of runs and passes. Back up QB Damon Huard did more than just manage the offense, throwing for more than three hundred yards. His favorite target on the day was tight end Tony Gonzalez, who reeked havoc through the Seahawks defensive backfield all day. The real star for the Chiefs offense on the day was Larry Johnson. Johnson was superb running the ball and even better near the goal line, scoring a career high four touchdowns. The Chiefs were not as good on defense and allowed Senecca Wallace time and lanes to throw. Corner back Ty Law had a particularly hard day, dropping a sure interception and falling down and allowing a long touch down to Darrell Jackson. On special teams, Dante Hall was electric as usual, but a major gaffe by holder Dustin Colquitt resulted in a Seattle touchdown.

The Seahawks defense was abysmal - almost entirely inept all day long. They could not stop the run or the pass and their red zone defense was as bad as I have ever seen. It seemed that the Seahawks did not do anything well on defense. Larry Johnson and Michael Bennett were busting off huge runs all day long and for every time they were stuffed at the line of scrimmage there was a ten yard gain to follow. They failed to put pressure on Damon Huard, who was less mobile than usual with a pulled groin. The cornerbacks for the Hawks were routinely beaten and tight end Tony Gonzalez couldn't be contained by anyone on Seattle's defense.
On offense, Senecca Wallace exceeded all expectation, having a good day passing. With Seattle down for most of the second half, they went away from a running game that fairly successful in the first half. Overall the offensive output wasn't great, but with three offensive touchdowns the Seahawks offense acquitted its self well without Hasselbeck and reigning MVP Shaun Alexander. Special teams were bland as usual for the Hawks, with very little production from the return game.
The Chiefs have played very well despite the loss of Trent Green, and look to be in good position in the playoff hunt. The Seahawks on the other hand are struggling, and need a bounce back next week against Oakland. Both teams should be pleased by the play of their backup QB's - but they will both be excited to see the starters return as soon as possible.