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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM

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Three things we're still trying to figure out: Seahawks 44, Chiefs 14

1) What's the significance of Seattle's blowout victory?
You can't say that steamrolling an opponent like the Seahawks did in Kansas City is a bad thing, but it's also good to keep in mind that it might not have much long-term significance, either. The last time the Seahawks won their first three exhibition games: 2009. That was the year Jim Mora coached the team and Seattle finished 5-11. The last time Seattle scored more points than the 44 it rang up on Kansas City: 1997. That was Dennis Erickson's third year as head coach, and the Seahawks went out and lost their first two games - both of which were at home - by a combined score of 76-17.

2) Is there a spot for Terrell Owens on this team?
He had another drop, and while it was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty, that didn't change the result. He also caught a 40-yard pass on the sideline, showing he still has the speed to separate from defensive back and then demonstrating the ability to track the ball, which was a bit underthrown. He's in great shape, and remains a big-play threat on a team that didn't have a player catch more than 51 passes a year ago. But with Braylon Edwards also playing well, he's no sure thing to make the roster. This could be a call that comes down to the wire.

3) Is Seattle's defense really this good?
Because it was pretty impressive on Friday night. The Chiefs gained 11 yards on their first four possessions, and Seattle's first-string defense has allowed only three scoring drives so far in three exhibition games. And while it's easy to dismiss that kind of dominance because it's only August, keep in mind the Seahawks haven't been blitzing linebackers at all. The closest thing they've come to providing anything other than vanilla pass rush is in their Bandit package, which features Winston Guy as a sixth defensive back who is a designated pass rusher.

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