Seattle Seahawks At San Diego Chargers Notes


Happy Saturday! Usually that doesn’t mean “time for some NFL football,” but this is late August, and so that is exactly what this means. It’s time for preseason game number three, in which the Seattle Seahawks will try their darndest to eek out a win against the Los Angeles San Diego Chargers on the road at Qualcomm Stadium. The game is tonight at 5:00pm PST. Don’t miss it! Unless you have to.

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The Seahawks have played (and lost) two preseason games already, and so this time they’ll be looking to see more from their starters than they have in either of the two previous weeks. This has nothing to do with trying to win – thank goodness, as this is the preseason – and more to do with the fact that the regular season opener is now only fifteen days away.

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With counts-in-the-standings football looming, it’s time for the Seahawks (and everyone else, really) to figure out who’s going to be on the roster and who’s going to be starting when the team travels to St. Louis on September 13th. This game will be huge in determining if the Seahawks need to make any last-second tweaks to their projected team. And there are a few spots that could still be up for grabs.

The ongoing Drew Nowak/Lemuel Jeanpierre battle for the starting center job looks to be coming to an apex, with Nowak getting the start tonight. The expectation is that a strong game will win him the job for good, and indeed he is the starter there again. The team can easily say that he’s getting the start because Jeanpierre’s so much more experienced at the position, and thus Nowak is the one more in need of reps. But the ‘Hawks are enamored with his athleticism, and seem to be itching for him to win the job.

August 14, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) watches game action against the Denver Broncos during the second half in a preseason NFL football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

We’re going to be seeing a lot of guys who’d previously been out with injury, as a whole host of players will return to action this week. Most notably is the influx at cornerback: Richard Sherman, Marcus Burley, Tharold Simon, and Will Blackmon should all be good to go this week. Along with their newfound health outside, the team will welcome back Bruce Irvin and Jesse Williams.

You know who won’t be back? Kam Chancellor. Man, this is getting ridiculous. Come to camp, Kam! We miss you. Another thing to watch for in this game: Russell Wilson‘s head. Will someone hit him in the head, and will he be fine because of the magic water he won’t stop investing in/talking about? Only time will tell!

There’s clearly still a lot to look for in this game, but perhaps nothing will be more important/exciting to watch than the continued progression of the offensive line. Last week the Seahawks introduced Gary Gilliam at right tackle and Justin Britt at left guard. If those two again have good games today, then that’s likely the line we see to open the season. If they struggle, it might be back to the drawing board.

This game will look a lot like a regular-season NFL game for at least one half if all goes right. The Seattle Seahawks we see today will hopefully be a close approximation of the Seattle Seahawks we see on September 13th in St. Louis. So while preseason wins don’t mean much, maybe we should prepare to celebrate just a little if they pull off a victory today.

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