Chiefs coach Andy Reid insists he has a handle on who will start along the offensive line when Kansas City opens the regular season, assuming a couple guys get healthy.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll? He remains decidedly noncommittal about his own.
Alex Smith threw for 81 yards and a touchdown behind a hodgepodge bunch of blockers — and also tossed an interception that was returned for a touchdown — as Kansas City beat Seattle 14-13 in their preseason game Friday night.
BOX SCORE: CHIEFS 14, SEAHAWKS 13
“You know what? For being a makeshift group, I thought they were OK,” Reid said of his line, which was missing left tackle Eric Fisher to an ankle injury and right guard Jeff Allen to a knee sprain. “They tightened up a little bit and got better.”
Meanwhile, the Seahawks turned over three of their five starters on the offensive line from their preseason loss to Denver, and the result was some patchy protection for Russell Wilson. He finished 9 of 15 for 78 yards, most of that coming on three completions to Jimmy Graham.
“We’ve got some stuff to clean up,” Carroll said.
The play of the game from Seattle’s perspective was Bobby Wagner’s interception, which he returned 25 yards for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 10-7 halftime lead.
“I just sat back and read his eyes,” said Wagner, who scored his first touchdown since he was a high school tight end. “I’ve never had a pick-six in my life. It felt amazing.”
Chase Daniel led the Chiefs (2-0) on an 86-yard go-ahead drive to open the second half, hitting tight end James O’Shaughnessy from 1 yard for the score. The backup QB has been sharp in two preseason games, throwing four TD passes without an interception.
R.J. Archer played better than he did last week for the Seahawks (0-2), who lost regular backup Tarvaris Jackson to a high ankle sprain in a loss to Denver. But Archer was unable to move his team into range of a winning field goal in the final minutes Friday night.
“I was pleased with the intensity of the running and the hitting across the board,” Carroll said. “A ton of good things happened. I can’t wait to see the films.”