Today is the Seattle Seahawks home opener against the San Diego Chargers. The Seahawks lost their first game of the season to the Denver Broncos, but I expect them to win this week for several reasons.
The main reason Seattle will win: the game is at Century Link Field. It is rare for the Seahawks to lose at home. There is not a louder stadium in the NFL and the 12th man will be excited to greet the Seahawks with a deafening welcome. The Chargers have practiced with loud music to imitate the crowd noise in the Northwest. The Seahawks are favored to win by six according to the Las Vegas lines listed on Football Locks.
O-Line Will Be OK
Seattle’s biggest struggle last week was the offensive line. The depth chart for this week includes left guard James Carpenter, left tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger, all starters who were unable to play last week. With these starters, along with rookie right tackle Justin Britt, the Seahawks offensive line should be able to protect the quarterback better than last week.
Head coach Pete Carroll seems to be more impressed with Britt every day. “Everything I could tell you is positive. Like I’ve said before, he’s worked so hard because of his makeup. His mentality is really tuned in, it’s focused. He wants to do great. He asks all the questions, stays late and does all that stuff,” said Carroll of Britt.
Earl Thomas is listed as the starting punt returner again this week. Last week he called fair catch for his only return so we could not see what he is capable of doing. Richard Sherman is second in line followed by Paul Richardson. I would like to see Richardson get a chance to return the ball. Both Thomas and Sherman are the core of the Legion of Boom and I would hate to see a tackle go wrong during a return.
Will Coyle Be Loyal?
Expect Brock Coyle to be a standout again. I think Coyle will perform just as well this week, if not better. Carroll took time this week to discuss with the rookie how he can improve his game. The coaches should keep Coyle on the field to see how he handles the beating of the NFL. Bobby Wagner is undoubtedly the starter so it would be wise to see if Coyle can play as a great backup.
Seattle’s quarterbacks seem to like throwing to Paul Richardson. As soon as Richardson entered the game, Tarvaris Jackson threw him a ball for a 12-yard pass which led to a field goal. Terrelle Pryor threw three of his first four throws toward Richardson for a total 17 yards. The rookie is fast, but needs work on blocking. I imagine he will pay more attention to the details of each play in order for the Seahawks to run down the field.
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