The big news out of Seahawks headquarters today is that Sidney Rice has been medically cleared and will play Friday night against Kansas City. There has been talk in the media that Rice, who had surgery on both shoulders during the offseason, may miss the entire preseason and may not even be ready for the first regular season game in Arizona. I understand that if Rice was to play at all in the preseason you would like to have him play in the third game but if he was not ready physically, I would expect the Seahawks would hold him out of game action until he is 100 percent healthy. Going off of this thought, I expect that Rice is fully healthy and will be fully participating in practice and will play in the first regular season game at full strength. If Rice is not completely healthy at this point and the coaching staff just wants to see how he plays to give him somewhat of a tune-up, I think they are making a big mistake.
There is no question that throughout history, the Seahawks have not played well in Kansas City and at Arrowhead Stadium. I know that Friday night’s game is just a preseason game but the Seahawks have struggled mightily at Arrowhead since their inception. According to the book “Notes From A 12th Man: A Truly Biased History of the Seattle Seahawks” by Mark Turner, The Seahawks have only won 5 regular season games in their 36-year history against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Arrowhead has a reputation as one of the top home field advantages in the NFL. It is a mystery to me however how the Seahawks can be so bad in one place against one franchise, especially since we played one game there each season from 1977-2001. Once again I understand that the preseason is different but the fact that the Seahawks are 5-21 all-time in Kansas City seems like a little more than bad luck.
Tomorrow the Seahawks will conduct a walk-through and then hop on a plane bound for Kansas City. Be on the lookout for my preview post on the Chiefs game which I hope to have on the blog by late tomorrow night!