The Seahawks headed into the locker room at halftime down 14-6 as they took on the Los Angeles Chargers in preseason action. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly from who might be the real starters.
The first team offense started off the game with a nice 30-yard throw to Jaron Brown, who was wide open after a play fake. A 15-yard helmet-to-helmet penalty at the end of the play gave the Seahawks the ball at the Chargers’ 30 yard-line.
Michael Dickson has a rocket for a leg. After a 53-yard boot deep inside Seahawks’ territory, Shaquem Griffin was the first one down the field and laid the wood on the Los Angeles return man.
The starting secondary did a decent job against the Chargers’ first team. Shaquill Griffin had a couple pass breakups, and Tre Flowers held his own. Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson both made tackles in run support, as well.
The receivers looked great. Jaron Brown had two catches for 74 yards. David Moore had two more HUGE catches. Brandon Marshall looked good in run block. As a group, the wide receivers looked good.
The Seahawks drove into the red-zone three times in their first three possessions. Why is that bad? Here’s why.
The offense stalled each and every time they reached the red zone. Those three drives ended in two field goals, one by each kicker, and a lost fumble–courtesy of Chris Carson at the one yard line.
The defensive line could be best defined as ‘swiss cheese’, as Melvin Gordon and the first team Chargers’ offense ran straight through the middle en route to a one-yard touchdown on their first possession. Philip Rivers also had all day to throw. Hopefully, this is just a result of a vanilla defense.
The offensive line did not do Carson or Russell Wilson any favors. The Joey Bosa-less Chargers defensive line had their way with the Seahawks for the majority of the first half.
A lot of that blame lies on Germain Ifedi. Plain and simple, Seattle needs to take Ifedi off the field. He hurts the team more than he helps them, and if Seattle wants to produce points on offense, then Ifedi needs to be on the sidelines. Or off the team completely.
Russell Wilson and the starting offense played the entire first half. They only put up 6 points. That is alarming to say the least. But hey, it’s only preseason.