The Seahawks and Chargers both came into this game tied for first place in their respective divisions. Seattle was drastically underlooked before the season began— admittedly for the right reasons—but have been competitors in every game they have played so far this season.
They managed to win their showdown against the Chargers 37-23, effectively putting them in first place in the NFC West. The first half of the game was filled with multiple miscues on both sides. Geno Smith threw an interception on the Seahawks’ opening drive and they also lost a fumble at the snap in the second quarter.
On the other side of the ball, Seattle’s defense managed to stop the Chargers on fourth down and forced two turnovers; an interception and a fumble. It really looked like Seattle was out of this game early despite some explosive plays. They lost a challenge early on and had only one timeout remaining with 7:35 left in the first, all while losing DK Metcalf to a knee injury.
Seahawks beat Chargers in a game full of miscues and injuries
Seattle, however, led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter—their biggest of the season— and 24-14 at the half. The Chargers had a chance to come back after tackling Kenneth Walker III in the endzone for a safety but were forced to punt on a three-and-out.
Walker is starting to look like a franchise running back as he carried the ball 23 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. His second touchdown was the Seahawks’ longest play of the season.
As for Seattle’s defense, they are showing tremendous improvement as they move toward the second half of the season. They finished with three sacks, four tackles for loss, and registered eight QB hits as well as an interception by Ryan Neal.
Unfortunately for the Chargers, they suffered two serious injuries in wide receiver Mike Williams and cornerback J.C. Jackson. It is unknown how serious Metcalf’s injury is at this point but Seattle is certainly improving on both sides of the ball and have plenty of winnable games in the coming weeks.