THE MATCH-UP Kansas City is seeking its first-ever preseason victory vs. the Seahawks. After dropping preseason contests at Seattle in 2002 and 2003, the Chiefs will host its former AFC West rival for the first time in preseason play at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. KC is still seeking its first preseason win after suffering a 24-17 loss vs. Arizona (8/20). The Seahawks are 1-0 after a 34-15 win at New Orleans (8/12). Seattle plays on Monday vs. Dallas (8/22). The Chiefs are seeking to regain their 2003 form when the club won the AFC West with a 13-3 record. Seattle won the NFC West with a 9-7 record in 2004 and is looking to claim consecutive division crowns for the first time in franchise history.
Saturdays contest features two of the NFLs most productive running backs in recent years Kansas Citys Priest Holmes and Seattles Shaun Alexander. Over the past four seasons, no NFL back has averaged more yards from scrimmage per game than Holmes (141.6). In terms total rushing yards over that four-year span, only San Diegos LaDainian Tomlinson (5,899) and Green Bays Ahman Green (5,673) have racked up more yards on the ground than Alexander (5,624), while Holmes ranks fifth in that department (5,482). However, no player in NFL history can match Holmes scoring spree over the past three seasons. Dating back to the start of the 2002 campaign, Holmes has registered 62 rushing TDs and 66 total TDs, totals that are both records over any three-year span in NFL history.
This contest will provide one more opportunity for each squad to evaluate young players before the leagues first cutdown date on Tuesday, August 30th when teams must trim their rosters to 65 players. However, the Chiefs hold 10 roster exemptions for NFL Europe League players, meaning that Kansas Citys roster will only be reduced to 75 players on August 26th. Those 10 NFLEL players are exempt from being cut until the NFLs final roster reduction to 53 players on Saturday, September 3rd. KC concludes its 2005 preseason slate at St. Louis (9/2), while Seattle hosts Minnesota the same evening.
THE SERIES Seattle holds a 2-0 advantage in the brief preseason series
between the Chiefs and Seahawks that began in 2002. Both of those contests came at Seattle with Seattle claiming a 41-32 victory (8/23/03) and a 17-14 win (8/24/02). However, the Chiefs do have one preseason victory to their credit in Seattle. The Chiefs franchise began play in Kansas City during the 63 season after a three-year run as the Dallas Texans. KC made a visit to Seattle in the 63 preseason when the club claimed a 35-21 win at Husky Stadium (8/17/63).
Kansas City owns a 30-18 (.625) record in regular season play
against Seattle. Last year the two teams met for the first time in the preseason with Seattle claiming a 17-14 win at Seahawks Stadium (8/24/02) in just the second game ever played at that facility.
KC was 10-11 (.476) all-time against Seattle at the Kingdome, but owns a 20-8 (.714) all-time regular season record in outdoor contests vs. the Seahawks (19-6 at Arrowhead, 1-1 at Husky Stadium and 0-1 at Seahawks Stadium). The Seahawks produced a 39-32 win in the most recent regular season contest between the two clubs (11/24/02).
KC holds a 17-8 (.680) edge in regular season competition against the Seahawks dating back to 90 and are 10-5 (.667) since the 95 season. Although Seattle has won four of the last five regular season meetings between the two clubs played in the Northwest, the Chiefs have claimed wins in three of the last four games at Arrowhead. The next regular season meeting between the two squads is scheduled for the 2006 season at Arrowhead.
PRESEASON GAME #3
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-2) VS.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)* *Seattle plays on Monday Night Football vs. Dallas (8/22).
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2005 7:30 PM (CENTRAL) ARROWHEAD STADIUM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
TV: KCTV-5 (CBS in Kansas City) Gary Bender, Jayice Pearson and Rich Baldinger. RADIO: KCFX-FM (101.1) Mitch Holthus, Len Dawson, Bill Grigsby and Bob Gretz.
2004 FINAL STATS AND NFL RANKINGS
CHIEFS SEAHAWKS Total Offense ............................. 418.4 (1) 352.1 (8) Rush Offense ............................. 143.1 (5) 130.9 (8) Pass Offense.............................. 275.4 (4) 221.2 (13) Total Defense............................. 377.3 (31) 351.3 (26) Rush Defense ............................ 114.6 (12) 126.9 (23) Pass Defense ............................. 262.7 (32) 224.4 (23) Turnover Ratio........................... -6 (22) +8 (9) Pts./Game................................... 30.2 (2) 23.2 (12) Opp. Pts./Game.......................... 27.2 (29) 23.3 (22)
CHIEFS VS. SEAHAWKSREGULAR SEASON AT ARROWHEAD, 1990-present
(10-2-0) Date Result Of Note 11/11/90 L, 16-17 D. Thomas NFL record 7.0 sacks. 9/22/91 W, 20-13 DeBerg passing: 21-32-232, 2 TDs. 9/13/92 W, 26-7 4 SEA Turnovers (2 INTs, 2 Fum.). 1/2/94 W, 34-21 T. McNair rushing: 17-46, 2 TDs. 10/23/94 W, 38-23 KC 477 yards of total offense. 12/24/95 W, 26-3 KC allows team-record 89 total yds. 10/17/96 W, 34-16 KC Rushing: 39 atts, 146 yds, 3 TDs. 9/28/97 W, 20-17 41-yard Stoyanovich FG in OT. 10/4/98 W, 17-6 54-minute rain delay in 2nd quarter. 11/21/99 L, 19-31 Watters, 107 rush yds., 2 TDs. 10/2/00 W, 24-17 Hicks 3.0 sacks, 82,893 total attend. 11/25/01 L, 19-7 Holmes rushing: 26 atts., 120 yards.
THE HEAD COACHES
VERMEIL FAST FACTS His 34 regular season wins with the Chiefs are third-highest total in
team history by a head coach behind only Hank Stram (124) and Marty Schottenheimer (101).
Has guided the Chiefs to a 20-12 (.625) regular season record over the past two seasons. New England (28-4), Philadelphia (25-7), Indianapolis (24-8) and Pittsburgh (21-11) are the only clubs with better records over that span.
Marty Schottenheimer (177), Bill Parcells (154), Bill Cowher (130), Joe Gibbs (130) and Mike Holmgren (125) are the only active NFL head coaches with more regular season wins than Vermeil (110).
Vermeil and Parcells are the only two active NFL coaches who have guided two different franchises to the Super Bowl. Dan Reeves and Don Shula also accomplished that feat.
Is one of five coaches in NFL history to guide three different teams to the playoffs, joining Chuck Knox, Schottenheimer, Reeves and Parcells. Those five men are also the only coaches in NFL annals to guide three different squads to 10-win seasons.
Became the 27th coach in NFL history to register his 100th career regular season victory, accomplishing the feat in 2003.
Was named NFL Coach of the Year in both 80 and 99. Is the only head coach to ever guide squads to victories in both the
Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl. Originally entered the NFL in 69 with the L.A. Rams and was
designated as the leagues first special teams coach. VERMEIL VS. THE SEAHAWKS (3-3)
Vermeils teams are 3-3 vs. Seattle (1-2 w/KC, 0-1 w/STL and 2-0 w/PHI). Dick Vermeil and Mike Holmgren have met four times as NFL head coaches in the regular season. In addition to three meetings with Seattle, Vermeils STL squad suffered a 17-9 loss vs. GB (10/19/97). DATE RESULT OPP. COACH 12/12/76 W PHILADELPHIA 27, Seattle 10 Jack Patera 11/2/80 W Philadelphia 27, SEATTLE 20 Jack Patera 10/19/97 L Seattle 17, ST. LOUIS 9 D. Erickson 11/25/01 W KANSAS CITY 19, Seattle 7 M. Holmgren 1/6/02 L SEATTLE 21, Kansas City 18 M. Holmgren 11/24/02 L SEATTLE 39, Kansas City 32 M. Holmgren
HOME TEAM IN ALL CAPS
WHAT VERMEIL IS SAYING . . . On the teams chances this year: I believe this should be the best football team weve had since Ive been here, especially on defense. Whether it will be or not will be dependent upon how we as coaches coach and how players respond to training camp.
On the offense: I think if this offensive team was in one of the big markets it would be different. We set numerous team records. If youre in New York or Chicago that might be a big thing, but were not really too concerned who gets the credit. Weve just got to get so were a better football team and if the offense has to get better for us to be a better football team than they have to get better. The challenge when youre the best is to get better. There are areas of our game that can get better.
On the defense: I dont think Ive ever had as much talent on defense as we have right now. Were so much further ahead defensively than we were last year at the same time. Even on the mental side of it as the physical side. Its not a new defense, its the better understanding of it. Its the growth of the personnel that was here; its the addition of the personnel that we brought in including the draft choice. Its impressive. We will be better. I dont know how much better, but we will be better.
On QB Trent Greens longevity and productivity: Thats a real testament to the offensive line. Obviously if you go through four knee operations and then come onto an NFL team and the offensive line is not really sound and really good, its probably going to give you fits. Our offensive line happens to be a really good offensive line. Thats helped. The other thing is the philosophy within the overall passing game. Its a very quick, rhythmic passing game and a guy with experience knows where hes going with the ball quicker. He doesnt hang on to it very much. So, I think it all fits together.
On the Chiefs LBs: Ive never been on the field with this many talented LBs, anywhere. How long its going to take them to play football I dont know, but they look good. Derrick Johnson has done awfully well as a rookie in picking things up. Hes really done a good job. Hes going