Bumpus: What the Seahawks must avoid when facing the Chiefs
The Seahawks have seen their playoff hopes take a hit over the last month or so as Seattle has fallen from 6-3 to 7-7. If the season were to end today, the Seahawks would not make the playoffs for the second season in a row.
It doesn’t get any easier this weekend, either, as the Hawks face arguably the toughest team they’ve seen this season in the Kansas City Chiefs.
Not only are the Chiefs 11-3 and have already clinched the AFC West, but they’re the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL while also leading the league in total yards and passing yards. Additionally, this Saturday’s game is in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium, one of the loudest fields in football.
So what’s the biggest concern for the Seahawks against the Chiefs? For former NFL receiver Michael Bumpus, the answer is easy.
“My biggest concern is they cannot get boat raced,” he said during Wednesday’s Bump and Stacy on Seattle Sports 710 AM. “They can not get down early. They can not be at Arrowhead with that crowd going nuts – it’s December, it’s going to be cold, Patrick Mahomes is gonna be in his element.”
The Seahawks have lost four of their last five games, including a 21-13 loss last week against the San Francisco 49ers.
“My concern is that they come out and look like a young team that’s kind of shell-shocked. Like, ‘Man, we should have won against the 49ers and now we’re here against the most explosive offense in the game,’ and then just get hit too early, and then it’s too much to overcome,” Bumpus said. :Like I believe in the Hawks. They’re not out of it until they’re out of it. But when you’re down 17 points early, man, you start to scratch your head and be like, ‘Alright, man, let’s just survive at this point.'”
Arrowhead is a tough place to play at, and getting down early would put a lot of pressure on quarterback Geno Smith.
“My biggest concern is him going into that environment — it’s going to be a playoff type football environment — and getting down early and then asking Geno to come back and do it all on his own,” Bumpus said. “I think he’s capable of doing it. We’ve seen him play some good games and come back and keep the team in a fight. But you need a complete team effort.”
That includes a rushing attack that has been a big weakness over this five-game stretch.
“You need Ken Walker to be healthy and running the football, you need your O-line to be getting a push. You just need to be in that game,” Bumpus said. My concern is that if the Chiefs come out and ride that wave, that momentum, and get right because there’s two games where they struggled a little bit (recently), it can be tough. So just hang around and and whether the first wave of emotion that’s going to come at you at Arrowhead.”