The Seattle Seahawks are the favorite to win Super Bowl LI in the most likely scenario, but the reigning champions are facing the NFL’s toughest matchup in their regular-season opener at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the Seahawks coming off a 23-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, head coach Pete Carroll said he didn’t want to overstate his team’s chances.
The Seahawks have the NFL record for most consecutive wins by a single team, but they’ll have to overcome the NFL best rushing attack (6.8 yards per carry), the league’s No. 1 defense (ranked third) and a potent secondary.
It’s unclear how much better the Chiefs offense will be after they were held to only 13 points on the ground against the Falcons.
Carroll said his team needs to do a better job of running the ball.
“I think the key thing we have to do is find ways to keep that running game going,” Carroll said.
“We can’t just sit back and do nothing.
We’ve got to be relentless.
But I think the more we go out and try to run the football, the better we’ll do.”