Game Overview ::
By mike johnson >>
- The Chargers offense should have a relatively high floor in this one, with the game’s outlook depending mostly on the success of the Seahawks offense.
- Both teams won relatively ugly games last week but should have the ability to exploit advantageous matchups this week.
- The Chargers run defense is one of the worst in the league and the Seahawks will need to attack it to open up the passing game.
- The Chargers passing game should be able to attack Seattle all over the field and their uptempo pace should give the Seahawks fits.
How seattle Will Try To Win ::
The Seahawks passing game came back down to earth in Week 6 against the Cardinals, although that should have been at least somewhat expected as the Arizona defense has done a tremendous job against wide receivers this season. The Chargers pass defense has been middle of the pack by most metrics this season, but has been very solid outside of a few mistakes and has held up well despite losing star edge rusher Joey Bosa in Week 3. In Monday night’s win over the Broncos, highly paid free agent addition cornerback J.C. Jackson had a huge blown coverage in the first half and was then benched for the remainder of the game. After having a very good first half passing the ball, Russell Wilson managed only three completions in the second half and overtime. Seattle has the talent at wide receiver to produce in any matchup, especially if they fall behind and are forced to become more aggressive, but this sets up as a matchup that will be difficult for them to be efficient consistently through the air. We could also see the Seahawks get their trio of tight ends involved early in this game as a means of conservatively moving the ball through the air.
The Seahawks leaned heavily on Kenneth Walker in Week 6, treating him as a feature back and giving him 23 of the 25 running back touches. He performed admirably in that role, providing 110 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown against a solid Cardinals defense. Seattle now travels south to Los Angeles to face a Chargers team playing on a short week that ranks 31st in the NFL in yards per carry allowed and has given up 100-yard rushing games to running backs in three of their last four games, the hapless Cardinals with their third-string running back being the only exception. Seattle will undoubtedly try to establish Walker and get him into space against a Chargers defense that ranks 29th in the league in tackling grade by PFF. The Seahawks have to be aware of their defensive shortcomings against such a high-powered offense and will certainly be looking to keep this game in striking distance and not allow the Chargers to get rolling and build a big lead. Sustained drives which attack the Chargers clear area of weakness are their path to doing just that.
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