Chargers rack up more miles in the air, but this game will be on the ground.
A somewhat delusional month or 2 week bye feeling for Chargers. Not only on the road non-stop from Cleveland to London with a game commencing at 6:30AM PST followed by a bye week. It has felt almost like a 2 week bye add Halloween follow with another business trip to Seattle and the Bolts have played on the road the entire second quarter.
Happy and safe Halloween to everyone 🎃🎃🎃 pic.twitter.com/PPy7Yvy8nf
— Austin Ekeler (@AustinEkeler) October 31, 2018
The road trip winning Chargers have been flying under the radar a little, which suits this team as they sit at 5-2. Let me remind you their only 2 losses were to the 7-1 Chiefs and the 8-0 Rams. Bolts find themselves with the 3rd best record in all the AFC behind the Chiefs (7-1) and the Patriots (6-1). In all the NFL they are tied with two other teams with the fourth overall record at (5-2) Panthers and Redskins.
I hate to use a comparison from another team but Todd Gurley going down before a gimme TD illustrated complete unselfishness and true team move, that’s what I see in this Chargers team! I can’t, but we can mentality, a true team.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 2, 2018
Milestone for Philip Rivers on Sunday, toughness personified as this one is really special. Philip will have his 200th consecutive start! Beyond awing, and will join a very short list of QBs; Brett Farve, Peyton and Eli Manning.
Of all of Philip Rivers’ notable accomplishments, the milestone he’ll set on Sunday tops the list.
“I always thought of all the things in the pros, that would be the one (I’d want to beat).”
— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) November 1, 2018
The last time Rivers played in Seattle (2010), he threw for 455 yards which is the second most passing yards of his career. But almost more importantly his respect from his teammates. I’ve spoke on his demeanor shift or this more calm or less worrisome face, his love for football and this team somehow appears even stronger this season. There is a playfulness in him, in his body language, it has even been illustrated and captured in celebration photos, another thing I’ve not seen, not this way at least.
Melvin Gordon on Philip Rivers: “He’s out there playing chess. And when you’re a master at chess, and you know what moves are made before they’re made, it’s kind of hard for people to beat you.”
At CenturyLink yes, home field advantage always an asset for Hawks and the 12s are LOUD! Both share in a few similarities the first a sad one, loss of their owners’ Alex Spanos and Paul Allen this last month and both wear decals on their helmets. Secondly they see themselves in the two best divisions, trailing the NFL’s top two teams and both seem to have to prove themselves despite their records and streaks. Add the loss to the Rams and lastly have shared DC Gus Bradley, which in my mind nullifies any advantage.
Defensive minded Hc Pete Carroll vs Offensive minded HC Anthony Lynn.
Seattle struggled early in this season, but have looked to find their stride with a 2-win streak, 4 out of 5 wins, including a 2-pt loss to division rival Rams and a big win at Ford Stadium vs. the Lions last week.
Chargers come in to continue their 4-win streak and come with a restful bye week. Fourteen days since they have played along with racking up flight miles and add to their month long of road trips with a total of 11,229 miles, Cleveland to London and back to Orange County adding a mere 978 miles to Seattle to total 12,207 for the quarter and that includes a bye week! Headed to the northeast a quick flight comparatively to their flying month.
Pressure, pressure, and more pressure on QB Russell Wilson, I’m sure Gus Bradley has it all set in stone (and don’t forget he also was at Seattle with Pete as DC, knowing how he thinks) however you have to believe the same true for Pete Carroll knowing how Gus thinks).
Brandon Mebane also a connection , this however I believe more vital as the vet will lead the defense with vengeance. There is a bit of revenge there. No Bosa, but Bolts are fairing well without him, just think how his contribution will impact when he returns however.
This should be a close game, the spread indicating Seattle (-2).
Chargers can handle noise and a hostile environment, they come with rest, a prolific offense, a bonus love from London fans along with time with their families, as well as a special cohesiveness and comradery with the team.
Look for Ekeler to have a prolific game, more so with catch and runs, and Gordon, (although listed as questionable that is usually a yes) with a productive day on the ground. Both Williams and Keenan Allen impacting with a big game, as well. Seahawks will most likely be attentive to all the threats that the Chargers have, but there are just too many weapons to cover. But this game most likely will be on the ground as rain and a wet field will be prevalent. Along with a physical disruptive defense and a special teams whom have found consistency.
Weather at CenturyLink Field for kick off rain and a wet field forcasted! Chargers have cohesiveness but on the flip side Seahawks have seemed to gel, as well and have their Legion of Boom.
Both teams find themselves in the 2 toughest divisions trailing the NFL’s top 2 teams and both looking to continue and add to their W columns.
Injury reports (as of Friday)
OUT: Joey Bosa, Christopher Landrum, Kyzir White.
Questionable: Melvin Gordon
Doubtful: Jordan Simmons & Neiko Thorpe
Questionable: Chris Carson, Bradley McDougald, K.J. Wright