By all accounts, the San Diego Chargers are once again a Superbowl favorite as they reinserted themselves as a legitimate contender last week with their romp over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Seattle, on the other hand, took a step back from their opening week victory as they were crushed in Mile High. The (1-1) San Diego Chargers travel up the coast to butt heads with the (1-1) Seattle Seahawks in what will be a highly anticipated affair, kickoff slated for 4:05 PM EST. The Hawks will need to get the 13th man advantage going at Qwest Field early on in this contest to have any chance of toppling the Chargers in this one.
The San Diego Chargers did everything they could last Sunday to silence the early season critics by blowing out a solid Jaguars team. QB Phillip Rivers had an outstanding afternoon as he passed for 334 yards and had a staggering 119 QB rating at the end of it all. Philip Rivers has thrown a touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games, which makes it the longest active streak in the NFL. The usual potent running attack of the Chargers, aside from last years worst rank, seems to be back again. The most telling stat, even though we are only through 2 weeks, is the fact that the Chargers are tied for the league lead in runs for 20+ yards. The Chargers have decided to sit RB Ryan Matthews (ankle) this week in Seattle and go with RB Mike Tolbert. Tolbert, a Coastal Carolina product, is a speedy little option that has 108 yards thus far backing up Matthews. The Chargers need to get a win in Seattle to keep the critics quiet and to reestablish them as a favorite amongst the rest of the AFC.
Seattle (1-1) opened Carroll’s tenure with a 31-6 rout of San Francisco, but wasn’t able to sustain that momentum in a 31-14 defeat to Denver last week. The Seahawks committed four turnovers, three coming on Matt Hasselback interceptions and were limited to 22 and a half minutes of possession time. This past week head coach Pete Carrol reiterated his stance on keeping Hasselback in the starting QB role and said that the 4 interceptions thus far are due to a lack of protection and missed WR assignments. Last week the Seahawks defense was scorched for 31 points and was not able to keep QB Kyle Orton from having a career day. The Seahawks have a dominant history with the Chargers, having won 10 of the 13 games between the two teams, including five of seven in Seattle. We will see on Sunday if Pete Carrol can design a game plan that limits the time the Chargers offense has to work with and keeps the ball in Seattle’s possession.
Chargers vs Seahawks Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
San Diego Chargers -4.5
@ Seattle Seahawks +4.5
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Chargers vs Seahawks Prediction for Week 3:
Spread Prediction (TOP PLAY) – The Chargers own a 5 game winning streak against NFC opponents and I don’t see it changing here. The Chargers were absolutely unstoppable last week against the Jaguars, they did so by a balanced attack of the run and pass. Seattle is 2-9 ATS as an underdog over the last 2 seasons and are 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against San Diego. San Diego poses just too much of a threat in every facet of this game for Seattle to have a realistic shot of holding the Chargers to a field goal win or even upset them. I would strongly recommend taking a look at the Chargers and the points in this affair.
Game Total Prediction – I believe this Chargers offensive unit is a formidable power that has the ability to score at will in any given game. The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego’s last 6 games and the total has reached the OVER in 2 of the previous 3 times these teams have hooked up. Even potentially without RB Ryan Matthews this Chargers team can find ways to score, I look for QB Phillip Rivers to pick up right from where he was last week and have a great afternoon. We will consider the OVER in this west coast flavored contest. Prediction = OVER 44.5 points