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Scouting Report: Chargers at Seahawks
The 2014 San Diego Chargers hit the road for the first time when they visit the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. There’s no better test to see how road-ready the Bolts are than to play in front of Seattle’s vaunted 12th man.
A Look Back At Last Week
The Chargers kicked the preseason off in style with a 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Philip Rivers, Kellen Clemens and Brad Sorensen combined to start a perfect 12-for-12, and threw only two incompletions all game. Overall, the Chargers notched 395 yards of total offense and scored on five of their nine possessions. The Chargers defense was stout, holding Dallas to just seven points and 274 yards of total offense.
What to Watch For…
On Offense for the Chargers
Look for Philip Rivers and company to search for a groove playing in the hostile Pacific Northwest. The entire offense noted this will be an ample test to see how road ready they are having to face one of the best defenses in the league at their home in the first game back
On Offense for the Seahawks
Russell Wilson pilots the Seahawks’ potent offense. A dual-threat passer, he recorded 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns through the air while gaining 539 yards and one score on the ground last year. Marshawn Lynch is their workhorse running back, piling up 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. The Seahawks have a number of dangerous playmakers on the receiving end, including Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin.
On Defense for the Chargers
Although they allowed only seven points in the preseason opener, the Bolts weren’t happy with their tackling or third down efficiency. They’ve worked diligently this past week to correct those mistakes, and Friday’s game affords the first chance to show the strides they made. A number of projected key players did not suit up against the Cowboys in Brandon Flowers, Dwight Freeney, Corey Liuget and Jason Verrett. It is not known which, if any, of those players will make their debut in Seattle.
On Defense for the Seahawks
Former AFC West rivals before the NFL re-aligned the divisions in 2002, the Chargers and Seahawks have met 49 times in the regular season and 12 times in the preseason. Seattle leads the regular-season series, 26-23, and the preseason series, 8-4.
By the Numbers
In 2013, the Chargers ranked fifth in total offense (393.3 yards per game), fourth in passing (270.5 ypg), 13th in rushing (122.8 ypg) and 12th in points (24.8). The Seahawks ranked 18th in total offense (339.0 ypg), 26th in passing (202.2 ypg), fourth in rushing (136.8 ypg) and eighth in points (26.1).
Defensively, the Bolts ranked 23rd in total defense (366.5 ypg), 29th in passing (258.7 ypg), 12th in rushing (107.8 ypg) and 11th in points allowed (21.8). Seattle ranked first in total defense (273.6 ypg), first in passing (172.0 ypg), seventh in rushing (101.6 ypg) and first in points allowed (14.4).
The Last Meeting
Five turnovers and two long kickoff returns for touchdowns proved too much to overcome as the Chargers fell to the Seahawks, 27-20, on Sept. 26, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle. The Chargers fell behind 17-0 but rallied behind Philip Rivers, who set a club record with 455 yards passing. The Bolts tied the game at 20-20 with 6:39 to go in the fourth quarter, but on the ensuing kickoff Leon Washington went 99 yards for his second of two return touchdowns in the game and the Seahawks reclaimed the lead at 27-20. The Chargers fought into the game’s waning seconds, driving deep into Seattle territory two times. Both drives ended on downs short of the goal line and the Seahawks hung on for the win. The Chargers finished the game with 518 total net yards, their highest output since 512 in a game at Kansas City on Oct. 19, 1986.
Tackle King Dunlap’s sister, Victoria, plays for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.
Chargers strength and conditioning Coach Kent Johnston spent the 1999-03 seasons in the same capacity in Seattle.
Secondary coach Ron Milus is a native of Tacoma, Wash. and he played cornerback for the University of Washington in the mid-1980s. He later coached eight seasons (1991-98) at the University of Washington.
Terry Wooden, brother of Chargers’ director of player personnel, JoJo Wooden, played linebacker for the Seahawks for seven seasons.
Senior executive Randy Mueller spent 17 years in the Seahawks’ football operations department.
Scout Paul Skansi is a native of Gig Harbor, Wash. He became the all-time leading receiver at the University of Washington and played eight pro seasons in Seattle, catching 166 passes for the Seahawks.
Seahawks guard Stephen Schilling was a sixth-round pick of the Chargers in 2011 spending the 2011-13 seasons in San Diego.
Wide receiver Bryan Walters went to training camp with the Chargers in 2010 and ’11 and spent time on the Bolts’ practice squad in 2010.
Linebacker Heath Farwell, a native of Fontana, Calif., played collegiately at San Diego State.
Cornerback Eric Pinkins also played for the Aztecs.
CBS (KFMB, Channel 8 in San Diego) – Dan Fouts(play-by-play), Billy Ray Smith (analyst)
Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Hank Bauer (analyst)
Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego) and KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles) – Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Dante Lazcano (analyst)
All Chargers radio broadcasts are now being streamed live on the team’s official website, www.chargers.com. XTRA Sports 1360 Broadcasts with Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst) will begin two hours before kickoff and continue for 90 minutes of postgame coverage after the game ends.