Seattle Seahawks(1-0SU,1-0ATS) @San Diego Chargers(0-1SU,1-0ATS)
Date and Time:September 14, 2014 4:05 p.m. EST.
Where:Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA.
byWilson,Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread:Sea -5.5/SD +5.5
Repeat! Repeat! Repeat! The Seattle fans could be heard chanting this phrase all over the stadium, and they might just be on to something. Throughout the first game of the 2014-15 NFL season the defending Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks looked every bit like they did during their convincing crushing of the Denver Broncos in last years title game. Seriously, the Hawks along with the 12thMan were full throttle from the get-go at CenturyLink Field last Thursday night in the NFLs most intimidating and ear-shattering setting. The Green Bay Packers showed up with a predetermined plan to only use half of the fieldPacker QB Aaron Rodgers did not throw a single pass on Richard Shermans side of the field all night! Even with avoiding arguably the leagues best pass defender the Packers still got rolled. What does this mean for this weeks opponent the San Diego Chargers? Seattle travels to San Diego for week 2 in their journey to get back to the playoffs and what looks early on another trip to the Superbowl.
For the Seahawks it was much of the same medicine that catered to last seasons successa lot of Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin. Wilson played well and made plays when he needed too like usual, Lynch just ran over people like usual and Harvin, well, he had over 100 yards on 11 touches many coming from him lining up in the slot then going into motion. When the Packer defense shifted to anticipate a Harvin run the Hawks switched it up and handed the pigskin to Lynch who cutback across the field for big gains and a TD. Wilson continues to be real savvy with his pass fakes and fleet of foot for big yardage plays. The Hawks will be tough to contain for San Diego simply because of all the different options Seattle throws at defenses. Will they run Lynch? Will they play action and hit Lockett down the sideline? Will they pitch it to an in motion Harvin running around the corner? The Chargers defense will be tested all game.
Unfortunately, the San Diego Chargers lost their opening game on the road at the Arizona Cardinals 18-17 on Monday night in Glendale. The Chargers defense only allowed two FGs in the first half of the contest but in the second half they gave up big plays both through the air and on the ground. Chargers QB Philip Rivers is as good as any QB when hes on and in rhythm which in Rivers defense he did not get a lot of help early from his receivers who dropped two key passes which were not even defended; in fact both balls hit the receivers right in the hands. Maybe it was first game jitters? Regardless of the outcome, the Chargers will need to play nearly perfect to beat the Seattle Seahawks who just hammered the Green Bay Packers in week one.
This game between the Hawks and the Chargers should be an easy pick in favor of the defending Superbowl Champs but San Diego is one of those teams that can spoil a good run and also knock teams out of the playoffs as theyve done in the past. For the Seahawks to win they must be able to play a complete game on both sides of the ball. San Diegos D will have to stop several threats from Seattles high powered offense including RB Marshawn Lynch who rushed 20 times for 110 yards against the Packers and Percy Harvin who lines up everywhere to throw off defensive strategies. Seattle QB Russell Wilson played like a SB Champ in week one and will continue to do so in San Diego.
I like the Seahawks to win this game especially with their dominating defense and triple threat offensive attack of Lynch, Harvin and Wilson.
WilsonsPick to Cover the Point Spread:Seahawks minus the points. Luck to ya