By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
Chargers 25 – Seahawks 17
No one expected this to be an easy game for Seattle. The Los Angeles Chargers have been playing fantastic football this season, and quarterback Philip Rivers is, well… Philip Rivers.
While the Seahawks have also been playing well, most knew this game was very important for both teams, and they would come out swinging.
The first drive of the game showed how improved the Seattle offense has been in the last few games. Taking over 8 minutes off the clock, and going 75 yards down the field, the Seahawks drive was capped by a beautiful touchdown catch by wide receiver Jaron Brown.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) November 4, 2018
It was the rest of the first half that didn’t look as pretty as that first drive. A series of 3 and outs and defensive misses let Rivers and the Chargers march down the field, scoring 3 touchdowns but missing an extra point and a 2 pt conversion attempt. Seattle managed just a field goal.
The second half didn’t get any better… Lots of flags, bad offensive decisions, and then there were the injuries.
Safety Bradley McDougald went out with a knee injury. Running back Chris Carson, who was questionable up to game time, went out with his hip injury resurfacing. Cornerback Tedric Thompson was injured but was able to come back to the game. Offensive guard D.J. Fluker left the game with a calf injury. To say least, this team looked and played like they were hurt.
It wasn’t all bad. The defense, who struggled mightily in the first half, gave up zero points in the second half. The offense, who was so smart on the first drive, then struggled for 3 quarters, but showed life in the final minutes of the game. In the last 2 minutes, Wilson and company kept Los Angeles on their toes almost tieing up the game.
I’m happy that they made a game out of it at all, as Russell Wilson, even on his worst days, somehow finds a way to consistently do.
— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) November 5, 2018
Today was not Seattle’s day. The Chargers are a great team who have a very solid shot at going deep into the playoffs. What this game showed us was the Seahawks, with all their young players, are getting their footing. They are still the team we thought they were last week, a solid team on its way up.
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