Preseason Week 1: Seahawks at Chargers Game Preview

Jul 30, 2017; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) participates in training camp drill at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday night, the Seahawks will travel to Los Angeles to play the Chargers. This will be the first game that the Chargers will play in Los Angeles in the StubHub Center. The Chargers are a young team with a new head coach. Quarterback Phillip Rivers continues to be the leader for the Chargers in 2017. This will be the first time either team has the chance to hit somebody other than their own teammates.


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What to expect

If you are tuning into this game to see Russell Wilson, you are going to be greatly disappointed. Wilson will likely only play a couple of series. Even when he is on the field, he will not likely be throwing the ball very much. The Seahawks will likely try to start to sort out the running back group. With three quality running backs in Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, Seattle needs to use the preseason games to determine their roles.

To do this, the Seattle coaches need the running backs to answer questions in live game action. Is Lacy ready to be a workhorse for Seattle? Or is his weight and ankle issues going to hinder him? Does Rawls have the explosiveness out of his cuts like he did in 2015? Or have the injuries in 2016 limited his play? Can Prosise take the next step in his second season to become more than a pass-catching third-down option?

This running back competition will be carried on throughout the entire preseason. So the Seahawks will probably run the ball more than they will throw the ball in the preseason. They need to be able to find answers to these questions.

What to look for

This is the first time the Seahawks get to see their rebulit offensive line against an opposing defense. With competitions for spots all across the line, except for Justin Britt at center, look to see who stands out. It will be interesting to see who the Seahawks trot out to be the starting offensive line this week. They have been trying different combinations throughout training camp with guys even moving from guard to tackle.

What this game will do is give the Seattle coaches a chance to narrow down their decisions on these competitions. Nothing will likely be settled after one preseason game, but it can give a team a good idea which direction they will be going.

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