The 7-7 Seahawks quest to strengthen their playoff chances takes them to Kansas City for a Week 16 matchup with the Chiefs. Here are a few connections between the former AFC West rivals:
Frank Clark: Familiar Face
In the second round of the 2015 NFL draft, the Seahawks selected Michigan alum defensive end Frank Clark. After posting 36 sacks over his first-four seasons, Clark was dealt to the Chiefs in a multi-pick swap. The Super Bowl LIV Champion will face off against his former team for the first time Saturday
With 5.0 sacks on the year, Clark has recorded five or more sacks in six of his eight seasons.
Austin Blythe: Interconference Play
Seahawks guard Austin Blythe faces his former team Sunday, as Seattle travels to face the Kansas City Chiefs. After being selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2016 draft, the Iowa alum has shuffled between several NFC teams. From 2017-2020, Blythe was under center for the Los Angeles Rams.
In 2021, Blythe participated in four games under center for Kansas City, before signing with Seattle in the offseason.
Drew Lock: Pride of Mizzou
Mizzou alum and Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock returns to his home state Saturday. Born in Columbia, the Lee's Summit native grew up just 30 minutes south of Kansas City. The 2017 All-SEC First Team selection grew up a fan of his hometown team, but killed his hope of playing there due to Chiefs starter Patrick Mahomes.
"Of course I'm going to be so excited to get picked up by anybody," Lock said in 2019. "I originally was a — notice I said 'originally' — I originally was a Chiefs fan…You wouldn't think (they're going to draft me), not with how well Patrick is playing. So I was always in love with them, and once that (Patrick Mahomes) happened I knew I wasn't going to be a Chief anymore. So I had to block that out of my brain. So I guess anyone that gets to play the Chiefs I'd be a huge fan of playing for. I think the Broncos do that every once in a while."
Carlos Dunlap: Seattle to KC
After a decorated 11-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, defensive end Carlos Dunlap was traded to the Seahawks in 2020.
Over two seasons, Dunlap produced 13.5 sacks and a forced fumble. In the offseason, Dunlap signed with the Chiefs, where he would subsequently join the 100-sack club in Week 9's 27-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Husky Pride: Trent McDuffie
Former Washington Huskies cornerback Trent McDuffie is earning his keep as a starter for the Chiefs in year one. On a minimum of 35 targets, the 2021 All-Pac 12 First Team selection has the lowest completion percentage allowed of all rookie corners through 15 games (48.6%).
While still awaiting his first pro interception, McDuffie has become a nuisance to opposing receivers, recording six pass breakups in eight games.
Jaylen Watson: The Wazzu Way
In April, the Chiefs selected Washington State corner Jaylen Watson in the seventh round of the draft. After two seasons at Ventura College, the Augusta, Georgia native transferred to Washington State. In consecutive seasons with the Cougars, Watson was an All-Pac 12 honorable mention.
Tyler Lockett: Like Father Like Son
For more than half of his football journey, Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett followed in the footsteps of his father, Kevin. On the field, the Tulsa native starred at Booker T Washington High like his pops. From there, he broke the Kansas State record for all-time receiving yards - held by his dad. Unlike his father, Lockett has played for Seattle, the team that drafted him, since 2015.
In 1997, Kevin was selected by the Chiefs in the second round, playing three seasons. After brief stints with the-then Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars, Lockett finished his career with the New York Jets in 2003.
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