San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks
The San Diego Chargers look to begin erasing memories of a forgettable 2010 as they host the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night to kick off their preseason. The Chargers are -4.5 favorites over the Seahawks with an over/under point total set at 37.
The San Diego Chargers didn’t make the playoffs in 2010, a rarity for the organization that has dominated the AFC West. Little will change under center for San Diego as Phillip Rivers is the guy and since he has already shown time and time again he can play through pain, Billy Volek and Scott Tolzien will enjoy their reps during the preseason as they aren’t going to see the field much this year. At Runnig Back it will be Ryan Mathews as the starter looking to somewhat redeem himself after what many saw as a disappointing rookie season but Mike Tolbert will be doing some of the dirty work grinding out yards and the versatile Jacob Hester is just a perfect fit for San Diego’s offense. With Darrin Sproles gone San Diego will look to replace his role and Jordan Todman should get a long look among others. While Vincent Jackson sat out most of last season, there is a glut of Wide Receivers with Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Patrick Crayton, Vincent Brown, Laurent Robinson, Seyi Ajirotutu, and Kelly Washington. Antoni Gates is still the man at Tight End but injuries have slowed him down at least production wise and Randy McMichael should see action. The San Diego defense was solid last year but the Chargers turned the ball over like no one’s business fumbling 13 times to their opponents two, and that just isn’t going to win games as San Diego still finished with a winning record but it was the turnovers that cost them the post season. The Chargers beefed up their defense with veteran Takeo Spikes and they can only hope that Defensive lineman Corey Luiget can contribute and Larry English can get healthy.
The transformation in Seattle continues as despite making the playoffs a year ago and winning a playoff game to exceed any expectations, Pete Carroll continues to overhaul the team he inherited before last season. Matt Hasselbeck is gone at QB leaving newly acquired Tavarris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst to battle it out and we should see both in this game though Josh Portis has looked good in camp and could see action as well. Marshawn Lynch is the starter as he tries to follow up on his earth shaking run in the playoffs against New Orleans while Justin Forsett should see plenty of action and Leon Washington and Michael Robinson are two of the more versatile backs in the NFL. One of the Seahawks big moves this offseason was acquiring Sidney Rice who along with Mike Williams, Ben Obamanu, and former first rounder Golden Tate fill out a solid group of receivers and with the addition of Pro Bowler Zach Miller at Tight End Seattle should have no shortage of targets. The Seahawks gave up 407 points and lost nine regular season games, numbers that usually don’t get teams into the playoffs. While they added a lot on offense, is there defense going to be good enough?
Both of these teams packed it in after the first preseason game a year ago losing their last three. When we look a little deeper and look at the personality of the coaches, Pete Carroll is much more of a “rah-rah” hand clapping kind of guy while Norv Turner is boring and all business and I think Carroll is more the type to try and win this thing to give his guys something to rally around. Take the Seahawks plus the 4.5.
Seattle Seahawks +4.5 San Diego Chargers