Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Date and Time: Saturday, August 19, 2018, 10 p.m. ET
Location: StubHub Center, Carson, CA
Opening NFL Odds: Chargers -3, 41.5
Seahawks vs. Chargers TV Coverage: NFL Network
The Seattle Seahawks dropped a tough 19-17 decision to the Colts at home last week to open up preseason play. Though it snagged an early 7-3 lead in the first quarter after Russell Wilson hit tight end Nick Vannett from five yards out, that was really the only semblance of good offense put forth by the unit all night. When it was all said and done, the Seahawks mustered a grand total of 195 yards of offense.
The defense provided the other spark when Joey Ivie pounced on a fumble to score the Seahawks only other touchdown of the game. Seattle limited the Colts to just 265 yards of total offense, and registered three sacks for a loss of 22 yards. The defense was clearly ahead of the offense early on, but Wilson figures to get a little more burn in this one.
The bolts barely got off the bus to participate in last week’s game in the desert against the Cardinals. A surprise for sure considering the rough start LA got out to at the beginning of last season which ultimately cost them a shot at the playoffs. You’d think Lynn would’ve had his men up to the task in hopes of setting a winning foundation.
Either way, there wasn’t much to write home about in the matchup. Geno Smith led the way with 218 yards and a score and a 61 percent completion percentage, but the overall effort was still shoddy at best with a number of underthrown balls that could’ve been intercepted. Even the touchdown strike was underthrown, but Geremy Davis hooked him up by making a brilliant catch.
The last thing the 36 year old Philip Rivers wants to do at this point of his career is get harassed by opposing defenses. Well, that’s something he just might have to deal with in 2018 if last week’s effort against the Cardinals is any type of indicator. Los Angeles’ QBs were dropped four times for a loss of 17 yards, and were constantly pressured all game long. That leaves some cause for concern in this matchup considering Seattle is known to bring the pressure, and it got to Indy QBs three times last week.
With Rivers likely to get some burn in Week 2, the O-Line best come to play. If not, you can bet the former NC State gunslinger will have no problem telling them just how poorly they’re playing. LA is predicted to have one of the more potent offensive attacks in the NFL this season, but it will only be as good as the offensive line allows it to be. Look for the growing and coming together as a unit to start here tonight against a Seattle defense nowhere near as good as it once was.
Seahawks vs. Chargers Free Picks
With the amount of turnover the Seahawks are currently going through paired with a sickening amount of injuries, I find it hard to believe Carroll will risk winning a meaningless preseason game against a team figured to be one of the best the AFC has to offer. On the flipside, I’m expecting Los Angeles to come out like a team possessed and take it to the Seahawks right from the opening kick. After Rivers and the rest of the Chargers QB rotation opens up a can on Seattle’s secondary, it just might give Earl Thomas to go to the negotiating table with to work out that long term deal after all.
NFL ATS Pick: Los Angeles - at BookMaker.eu
NFL Score Prediction: Chargers 31 – Seahawks 9