#282 Los Angeles Chargersvs.#281 Seattle Seahawks
Written by Adam Rauzino
Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1; 8-8 ATS; 9-7 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11; 7-9 ATS; 9-6 O/U)
NFL Preseason: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 8:00pm EST
Line: Los Angeles -1.5
The Los Angeles Chargers will take on the Seattle Seahawks in week one of preseason action next Sunday evening from the Stubhub Center just outside of Los Angeles. The Seahawks posted a 3-1 record in their preseason action last year, and the Chargers posted a 1-3 record.
The Seattle Seahawks biggest offseason move was the signing of Eddie Lacy who dealt with injuries with the Packers last year. The 27-year old running back rushed for 360 yards in five games last season and is averaging 4.4 yards per carry over his career. Lacy is not the clear-cut starter as Thomas Rawls will also see a good amount of carries this season. The Seahawks again feature one of the NFL’s strongest defensive units however they do come with a few questions marks. The Seahawks offensive line is a weak spot and not much was done to remedy the issue in the offseason. Russell Wilson showed great character by battling through a few early season injuries early last year and finished the year with 4219 passing yards to go with a 21:11 TD to INT ratio. Seahawks backup quarterback Trevone Boykin will see some action in this contest. Boykin saw very limited action in his 2016 rookie campaign and reports indicate he has struggled in training camp. Third string running back C.J. Prosise will likely also see action in this one.
The Seahawks averaged 22.1 points per game last season, ranking them 18th overall. Seattle’s defense was spectacular again in 2016, allowing an average of only 18.2 points, good for third in the NFL.
The Los Angeles Chargers will begin a new era in Los Angeles led by quarterback Philip Rivers who will look to win over some new fans. The 35-year old quarterback had another strong season last year, accumulating nearly 4400 passing yards with 33 touchdowns, however, he did throw 21 interceptions, a number he will definitely need to cut down on. Running back Melvin Gordon had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2016, rushing for 997 yards and ten TD’s in 13 games. The former first round pick is poised for a big season and should easily eclipse 1000 rushing yards. The Chargers will be without their 2017 first round pick Mike Williams. The former Clemson wide receiver is dealing with a back injury and could miss the entire season. Tyrell Williams is looking sharp in training camp after leading the Chargers with 1057 receiving yards along with seven touchdowns last season. Receiver Keenan Allen is fully healthy after he tore his ACL in week one of last season and could be in for a big season. The Chargers do not feature a strong backup quarterback with Kellen Clemens backing up Rivers. Clemens, along with former Buffalo Bill Cardale Jones, and Mike Bercovici could all see action in this one.
The Chargers scored an average of 25.6 points per game last year, ranking them ninth in the NFL. Los Angeles struggled defensively last year, allowing 26.4 points per game, placing them down at 29th overall.
The Seattle Seahawks are:
The Los Angeles Chargers are:
I am siding with the Seahawks in this contest. The Seahawks feature a ton of depth defensively which makes a huge difference in a preseason game, and Chargers backup quarterback Kellen Clemens did not throw one touchdowns in last year’s preseason action. Also, I like the Seahawks depth at running back with Lacy, Rawls and Prosise over the Chargers running game. Seattle owns a solid 18-10 preseason record under Pete Carroll, and I am confident they can take this one.
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