Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered running backs a few weeks ago, and the result has been wonderful. Chris Carson and Mike Davis have settled in to provide opponents with a legitimate running game to contend with.
Russell Wilson has been tasked with doing less than what he did at the beginning of the year. That lesser effort has resulted in three touchdown passes in each of Wilson’s last three games.
Doug Baldwin, even on achy knees, helps the receiving game immensely and Tyler Lockett’s production hasn’t slipped much since his return.
Throw in a defense that can still make a stop when it has to and you have a playoff contender in the great Northwest.
Phillip Rivers and his explosive offense come off a near-miss effort against the Tennessee Titans before their Week 8 bye.
With Melvin Gordon nursing a hamstring injury on the sideline, LA squeezed out a one-point victory against the underdogs. Gordon is questionable for this week’s tilt.
The Chargers only two losses came at the hands of the 7-1 Chiefs and the 8-0 Rams. Both teams knew they were in a game, too. Despite that achievement, experts are picking the Seahawks to hold serve at home.
Injuries and notes
Seattle safety Bradley McDougald hurt his shoulder last week and is listed as questionable along with cornerback Neiko Thorpe.
Melvin Gordon used the bye week to heal up and per Coach Anthony Lynn, Gordon is “running real well and doing some things.” But he is still questionable as Lynn says he plans to be super cautious about his star’s hamstring.
Los Angeles waived their backup placekicker, indicating that Caleb Sturgis will return to the field for Week 9.
Pete Carroll never doubted his squad even when others said they couldn’t recover from the loss of their Legion of Boom in time to contend in 2018.
In perhaps his best coaching move of the year, Carroll recognized he wasn’t letting the running game do enough to help Wilson. That led to the commitment to Carson and the emergence of Davis.
Lynn still has his troops thinking big in LA. There is hope that Joey Bosa will return before the end of the season, which will only help his defense. With a healthy Gordon supplementing Rivers and the passing attack, the Chargers can outscore anyone.
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Who will win the Seahawks-Chargers game?
Melvin Gordon’s health might be the key to the game. Austin Ekeler struggled a bit in the lead role last week and there is little doubt having Gordon lurking for a drop-off or draw helps Rivers immensely.
But Russell Wilson traditionally gets hot in the second half of seasons. With Seattle’s newfound running prowess, and the 12th man rooting them on, Wilson should keep up with Rivers’ output.
Final score: Seahawks 32, Chargers 31