Current Odds (subject to change) – Chargers +5.5
Series History: Seattle: 26 wins / San Diego: 23 Wins
By Dave Squires – @davefalcon90
The Chargers started the season against a tough defense from the NFC West, eventually losing 18-17 in Arizona after blowing a 17-6 lead. And week 2 presents another NFC West opponent – this time an even tougher defence as the defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks come to town.
Seattle will be well rested having not played for 10 days. They played the season opener last Thursday night where they dominated the Green Bay Packers 36-16.
The Chargers only managed 52 yards rushing against the Cardinals in week 1 and will be looking for an improvement in this department, otherwise Phillip Rivers will be forced to air it out against the self-proclaimed ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary of Seattle.
Rivers is capable and has weapons, including last year’s rookie sensation Keenan Allen. Malcolm Floyd is healthy and Antonio Gates is still a favourite target for the Chargers QB. In an attempt to keep the Seahawks defense on its toes Rivers must have the courage to do what Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t last week – throw the ball in Richard Sherman’s direction.
Is Sherman really that good or has he talked himself into it? It’s perhaps a question for another time but if Rivers wants to use his full complement of receivers he can’t just ignore one side of the field.
As for Seattle, the game plan will rarely change until teams can test the defense and stop their running game, so expect a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch as per usual. The Chargers defense gave up 109 yards on the ground in Arizona in week 1, the Seahawks racked up 207 rushing yards in their season opener.
The Chargers do play a 3-4 defense, which is in theory harder to run on than a 4-3 so this game within the game is one to watch and will help decide the outcome should one side come out noticeably on top.
Another key factor is the Chargers offensive line against the aggressive front four of Seattle. The Chargers o-line was impressive against the Cardinals by not allowing a sack and will have their hands full again as the Seahawks registered three sacks against the Packers.
The Chargers may opt to be aggressive early in the passing game in an attempt to put that defense on the back foot but whether they can sustain that approach and not turn the ball over doing so is the big question.