Chargers vs Seahawks
After losing their opener on Monday night to the
Arizona Cardinals the San Diego Chargers were in a tough spot on Sunday with the defending
Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks invading Qualcomm Stadium. After throttling the Green Bay Packers in their season debut the Seahawks looked to be the most dominant team in the
NFL, entering Sunday's game as a road favorite versus a Chargers team that made the playoffs a year ago. The Chargers outplayed the Seahawks, outscoring them 17-7 in the second quarter on the way to an impressive 30-21 win.
Where the game was won: The Chargers followed the formula that helped them win ten games a season ago. Behind an efficient passing game led by Philip Rivers the Chargers dominated the time of possession, with a 42 to 18 minute advantage, keeping the Seahawks defense on the field for extended stretches while limiting the opportunities of Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense. Rivers was incredibly efficient, completing 28 of 37 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns, while getting sacked just one time. The
Seattle Seahawks inability to put pressure on Rivers is a testimony to the Chargers offensive line, which had to replace center Nick Hardwick who suffered an injury in the opening game. The Chargers rushing offense didn't average big yards per carry, but the teams persistence in balancing the run and the pass kept the Seahawks off balance and kept the ball in the hands of the Chargers. It was an MVP-like performance for Rivers who found tight end Antonio Gates for three-touchdown passes. The veteran Gates looks rejuvenated this season and is primed to have a big year. While the Chargers offense was effective in ball control, the Chargers defense did an outstanding job versus the Seahawks offense. Other than a 51-yard run by Percy Harvin the Chargers effectively stopped the Seahawks run game, limiting Marshawn Lynch to just 36-yards rushing.
Up Next for the Chargers: The Chargers head east to take on a surprising Buffalo Bills team this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo is 2-0 on the season after defeating the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins. Buffalo is using a tried and true formula in their two games this season, stopping the run and effectively running the football. The Bills are 6th in the NFL in rushing yards and 5th in rushing defense. In CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson the Bills have two outstanding running backs. Spiller is one of the biggest game-breakers in the NFL at the position, breaking off a 45-yard run to blow the
Dolphins game open this past Sunday. The key to victory for the Chargers will be to follow the same ball control formula. Like Seattle the Bills front seven will be a challenge. If the Chargers can protect Philip Rivers they should be able to move the ball on Buffalo.
Prediction: Chargers win a tight one, 21-20.
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