It was a rough week for the Seahawks last week as they went down to San Diego to take on the Chargers in nearly 120 degree temperatures. If you’ve been deployed overseas, you know just how difficult it is to operate in that kind of heat.
A fumbled kickoff by Percy Harvin after San Diego went up 7-3 allowed the Chargers to get out ahead early and they essentially played keep away with the Seahawks offense. The Chargers outscored the Seahawks 17-7 in the second quarter and never looked back. The final score: 30-21.
Seattle’s defense was on the field for nearly three quarters of the game, and even with a focus on hydration several players had to leave the game with cramps. With as little time as they had on the field, it was impressive the offense was able to score as much as they did.
Russell Wilson had two opportunities late in the game to take the team down the field. Unfortunately, penalties on both sides of the ball either stalled out drives on offense or allowed the Chargers to continue to hold onto the ball.
Aside from not being able to get off the field on third down, the defense didn’t play too terribly. Phillip Rivers was patient in driving down the field with short passes. Even when the Seahawks were getting pressure, he would be able to step to the side and deliver some incredible passes. Three in particular went into the hands of Antonio Gates for scores.
Road wins are difficult to come by. They’re even more difficult when you’re facing a playoff caliber team in their home opener. Playoff teams generally don’t go 0-2 to start the season and I think we can expect this Chargers team to be near the top of their division come January.
Now we face the Chargers’ greatest competition in the AFC West as the Denver Broncos come to Seattle.
seahawks vs. Broncos live on afn/DTS
Not only is this a big game to show the Seahawks remain the more dominant team, it’s also a chance for Seattle to head into an early bye week with a 2-1 record.
It won’t be easy though. After their loss in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos went to work to upgrade their team based on what they saw from our Seahawks. They upgraded their defensive line and added to their secondary.
On the offensive side of the ball, they added Emanuel Sanders who will be a big upgrade over Eric Decker, who saw almost no action in the Super Bowl going up against Richard Sherman.
If Peyton Manning had a tough time dealing with the noise in New York, he’s really going to have a tough time in Seattle. If the Seahawks get out ahead early, look for the 12s to have an even bigger impact if the Broncos are forced into throwing the ball often.
The game is set to broadcast on both AFN and DTS Sports. The game airs at 1325 PST, 2025 GMT and 0055 in Afghanistan.
Sea Hawkers podcast: Chargers Recap, Denver Preview with Broncos fan Gerrad Timm
The Chargers come out against the Seahawks and play a nearly flawless game in a 30-21 win in San Diego. Was it the heat, the Chargers execution on offense or something else? Find out why Sampson, a giant German shepherd, played a key role in the Seahawks loss.
Gerrad Timm, Denver Broncos fan and friend of the show, comes on the show to preview the “Super Bowl rematch.” Before they get into the Broncos preview, Gerrad welcomes the 12s in joining other fan bases around the league who are widely disliked by other team’s fans. He says the Broncos made a lot of changes in the offseason specifically for the reason to compete with the Seahawks.
In the second half of the show, the guys congratulate another weekly winner of the pick’em league and give their picks for the upcoming week. It’s not too late to join. Sign up at http://j.mp/pickshp.
Brandan calls out Richard Sherman in the “Do Better” segment for avoiding the media and making that a big part of the story following the loss. Adam generalizes a local youth sports issue to call out anyone who coaches kids to be extremely careful of the messages and lessons they are teaching.
To close the show, the Vikings organization in the “Better at Life” segment sparks a discussion on Adrian Peterson and Adam recognizes a baseball player with the Orioles who went above and beyond the duty of a Good Samaritan.