Sep 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) celebrates scoring the second of his three touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
The defense has been exposed
People are going to talk about the 30 points, and the possession clock disparity (42:15 to 17:45). There will be talk of Antonio Gates, and how an aging tight end somehow found holes in the NFL’s most dominant defense.
Now, I could dish up some sour grapes and suggest that the San Diego offensive line should have been whistled for about 10 more holding calls, but we won’t go there. The bottom line is that the Chargers played an almost perfect game, and the Seahawks didn’t.
End of story. Gates got matched up on a linebacker, and Seattle didn’t adjust. Good for the ‘Bolts.
The crazy part is that despite being dominated, the ‘Hawks were a game-winning drive from pulling this game out. Therefore, the defense is not terrible.
Also, keep in mind that Philip Rivers is a really good quarterback. He doesn’t get the notoriety of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Andrew Luck, but the dude can play. Rivers has always been a bit underrated.
The defense was gassed, and it was 197 degrees on the field. Give an upper-echelon quarterback 42 minutes of offensive time, and I would hope he could score 30 points.