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After splitting their first two preseason games, the Seattle Seahawks travel to California to face the Los Angeles Chargers from the Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday night. Both teams have injury concerns that could significantly impact the result of this game.
Metcalf to undergo knee surgery
Form and history don’t count for much during the NFL preseason, but it’s an important indicator of how teams are thinking. Teams experimenting with different permutations can mean anything. In the case of the Seattle Seahawks, they have to keep moving to various combinations due to injury. In an injury-riddled defeat to the Minnesota Vikings, the Seahawks were left without answers to the Vikings’ precision passing.
After sitting out the preseason opener, Russell Wilson was 6 of 9 for 82 yards, including a neat 33-yard completed pass to Jaron Brown. “I thought we did a really good job with tempo. Guys were in and out of the huddle making plays,” Wilson said. “I thought we moved the ball down the field against a very good defense.”
It’s too early to make judgment calls, but the Seahawks couldn’t complete a sack, which added questions to their defensive capability with injuries piling up. Jarran Reed is expected to miss six games to serve out a suspension.
Rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf missed the game and is likely to undergo minor knee surgery. Jordan Simmons is also recovering from knee surgery.
Chargers offense a letdown
The Chargers have a tough road ahead to compete with their own 12-4 record of 2018-19, as was evidenced by two losses to open the NFL preseason. They were beaten 19-17 by the New Orleans Saints in their previous game. All of the Chargers’ 17 points came in an efficient second quarter.
NOT TODAY. pic.twitter.com/EOAfuC9ADA
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 18, 2019
QB and efficiency
Tyrod Taylor finished with 7 of 10 for 57 yards in four drives, with an interception. Bridgewater, who played the first half, was 5 of 12 for 40 yards, a disappointing game by any standards. “Man, it was a poor game,” Bridgewater said. “Today I just didn’t give those guys the energy they deserve.”
Derwin James will miss 3-4 months of action after having to undergo surgery on a stress fracture of the foot. Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, Derwin James, Nasir Adderley, Thomas Davis, Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Casey Hayward, Virgil Green, Brandon Mebane, TY McGill, Vince Mayle, Mike Pouncey, Jatavis Brown, Chris Peace, Patrick Afriyie, Blake Camper all did not play against the Saints.
Troymaine Pope has had a strong camp so far and he thanks his kids.
“My kids just kept me pushing and kept me motivated,” he explained. “I knew I couldn’t just go on my butt and leave them empty-handed. I knew I had to make them food, provide clothes for them. So I just wanted to go to work and not look back on the things that went bad. Just focus on the things that are good and focus on the positive things that are going on in my life. Getting that call was one of the more positive things to happen at that moment in my life. So I was just focused and didn’t let a lot of stuff distract me at that time.”
Los Angeles Chargers are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.
The Seattle Seahawks are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Updated on Aug 24 at 10:00am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Bolts have gone from favorites of 1 to0 dogs of 3.5 and that is consistent with the fact that he Seahawks have garnered 78% of the bets this week.
Injury / Weather Report
Seattle’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: DE L.J. Collier and RB C.J. Prosise
Out: WR DK Metcalf, OG DK Metcalf, WR David Moore, TE Ed Dickson, OG Phil Haynes, and DT Demarcus Christmas.
Los Angeles’ Impact Injury Report
Questionable: DB Trevor Williams and DB Jaylen Watkins
Out: DB Derwin James, FB Derek Watt, OT Russell Okung, and RB Melvin Gordon III.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Despite losing a promising rookie for a period of time, the Seahawks have the stronger roster in this game. Their pass rush was efficiency against the Vikings despite the loss. Wilson had a nice, tidy game. Crisp, clean passes improved the overall outlook of their offense too.
Phillip Rivers might get some playing time in this one, but the Chargers will be careful with his workload.
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks
Full-Game Total Pick
The Chargers might be concentrating on their offense, which has struggled in the absence of Melvin Gordon. More of their regular starters will be put out on the field to try and get some fluency ahead of the start of the NFL. To add to this, the Seahawks offense looks like it’s coming together nicely. Together, both teams should have strong offensive output, leading in the total creeping over the handicap.