Seahawks vs. Chargers: Gameday Predictions


The Seattle Seahawks are ready to take on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday in Southern California with the hopes of starting the season 2-0.

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Their opponent is angry, coming off a heartbreaking 18-17 loss in Arizona on Monday Night Football in Week 1.

But the Seahawks should still win this game and win it convincingly.

The Chargers will likely put up a fight to keep the score closer than it was when Seattle played Green Bay last Thursday, but nevertheless, expect the Seahawks to travel back to Seattle Sunday night with a 2-0 record.

Here are some other predictions regarding this Week 2 matchup:

1. Russell Wilson throws for 225 yards, two touchdowns.

Wilson has a good matchup this week against a decent, but not outstanding Chargers secondary. You can bet the San Diego defense’s main focus is going to be on Marshawn Lynch and Seattle’s run game, which might open up the passing game for Wilson and friends.

2. Marshawn Lynch puts together another 100-yard performance.

Just because the Chargers focus will be on Lynch doesn’t mean he won’t still have a dominant game. The veteran running back never stops moving and San Diego’s front seven might not be able to keep up. Plus, Seattle showed on Thursday that they have a better offensive line in place this year than they did last season.

3. Doug Baldwin finishes with 10 catches, 95 yards, one touchdown.

Percy Harvin will still have good stats, but because he will be heavily covered by Brandon Flowers, I expect the Seahawks to spread the ball around a little more, focusing on Baldwin and his matchup with Shareece Wright. Baldwin was quiet against the Packers but that’s because it was Harvin’s night against a bad secondary. With a better corner on top of Harvin, expect Baldwin to pick up Wilson throughout the game.

4. Seahawks defense forces three turnovers.

If they can contain Ryan Mathews, the Seahawks defense is going to force Philip Rivers to throw the ball and throwing into the league’s best secondary is risky for any quarterback. I predict the Seahawks will force a fumble and finish the game with two interceptions.

5. Seahawks win game 30-20.

The Seahawks offense continues to be underrated. Going back to last season’s playoffs and regular season, Seattle has scored at least 20 points in five-straight contests. Expect them to put up big numbers again in this contest.