Scouting the Other Guys – Week 3 Seahawks Edition

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 15: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks scrambles away from linebacker Shaun Phillips #95 of the San Diego Chargers on August 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)


This weekend the Chargers head to Seattle to take on the Seattle Seahawks in a battle of 1-1 teams. The Seahawks surprised the 49ers in week 1 and then had a disappointment against the Denver Broncos last week.

Here are a couple of players on the Seahawks roster that make this team work:

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Running back Justin Forsett of the Seattle Seahawks rushes during the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)



QB Matt Hasselbeck – Matt seems that he has been the QB for this team forever. The team seems to live and die based on Matt’s success. In the week 1 win, he completed 78% of his passes and threw for 2 touchdowns. In the week 2 loss, he completed 57% of his passes and had 3 interceptions. The Chargers will need to put pressure on the quarterback and force him to make some bad throws. He has only been sacked twice this season, but expect Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips knockign him around in the backfield.

WR Mike Williams – the 10th overall draft pick in 2005 is trying to resurrect his career with his former college coach Pete Carroll. He has been out of football completely for the last 2 years but put in a lot of work to win a starting job this year. He is a tall receiver and will most likely be covered by Quentin Jammer. Jammer will have to continue his consistent play and shut down the opposition.

RB Justin Forsett – Forsett only has 87 rushing yards on the season, but he shows a great burst with a 5.8 average. The Seahawks seemed to abandon the running game early and look to pass often. If coach Carroll decides to start running the ball, Forsett will be a force to handle. The Chargers running defense has played well so far this season and will look to stop another young running back. They will need to stop the big play from happening.

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 11: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled by Lofa Tatupu #51 of the Seattle Seahawks on October 11, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Jaguars 41-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)



CB Marcus Trufant – Trufant  is there best cover corner and already has an interception return for a touchdown this season. He was named to the 2008 pro bowl and will be matched up on Malcom Floyd and will have the height disadvantage to the 6’5″ Floyd. Trufant is 5’11″ and Floyd should win the jump balls against the corner.

LB Lofa Tatupu – Tatupu was voted to the pro bowl in his first 3 seasons in the league and is a force to be reckoned with. He was only able to play in 5 games last season due to a tore pectoral muscle. He will need to slow down the running game of Mike Tolbert and may have the tough assignment of Antonio Gates.

S Earl Thomas – Thomas was the 14th overall pick in this last years draft and needs to help out with the Seattle pass defense. The Seahawks have struggled to stop opposing team’s passing game. Thomas leads the team in tackles and will be counted on to stop the deep passing game of the Chargers.

WR Golden Tate – Tate is a dangerous punt returner and he was given the job this weekend. The Chargers have struggled this season in punt coverage and face another good returner in Golden Tate.

The Rain – There is a 50% chance of rain this weekend and the Chargers need to be prepared to have a little moisture under their feet. After the Kansas City slip n’ slide fest in week 1, the Chargers will need to get a good footing in this game and just hope that the rain does not fall or bother the team as mush as it did in week 1.

the 12th man – The Seattle fans have pride in how loud that they can make the stadium. They serve as another man on the field and the Chargers will need to be able to communicate clearly through all the crowd noise. Philip Rivers will need to remain poised with the raucous environment.

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  • CamasMan

    I’m a Seahawks fan and I follow the team closely.

    I’d like to give props to Ernie Padaon for a great, accurate summary of the 2010 Seahawks. A lot of writers from out of town are inaccurate and write stuff that is out of date or based more on reputation and opinion than reality. Ernie nailed it, giving Charger fans good insight into your opponent this Sunday.

    Don’t expect much of a Chargers running game this week. We’re pretty stout in the middle. It will all come down to the passing game. If we can’t stop it, San Diego wins.

    If both teams play well (unlike your week 1 or our week 2), it should be a great game!

    • Ernie Padaon

      thank you for the props!!! your run defense has been good this year and we dont have our best runner back there. at least we dont think we do… time will tell with mathews. i dont understand why you havent run the ball more this season. hopefully coach carroll keeps it up! we have stopped the pass pretty well so far

      • CamasMan

        We haven’t run the ball more for a few reasons. Our line has had lots of changes and couldn’t get it going in the preseason. Our poor running continued against SF. Forsett had one big run that helped his average, but we were at 2ypc before that. Against Denver, we ran well, but fell behind due to turnovers, so we had no choice but to go to the air.

        Still, Forsett is averaging 5.8 ypc. He’s slippery. Last year, he was ranked as the most elusive back in the league. If our o-line can give him slivers of daylight, your LBs better be on their best game or Justin will get runs from 8 to 20 yards. He lacks the top end speed to really break away, but can still move the offense down the field.

        BTW, my brother lives in Oceanside. I root for you guys on most weekends, but not this Sunday. :)

        Let’s hope for a great, injury-free day for both our teams. You guys will be in the playoffs. Fingers crossed for the ‘Hawks.

        • Ernie Padaon

          yea…the Chargers need to stop the big play and Forsett has the ability to break off chunks of yards. it definitely will be a good game. like you said, i hope everybody stays healthy for both teams.

          well, im happy you tuned into the site. hope you visit more and have your brother check in also. I just started here on this site in week 1 and still have to build the fan base.

  • WA_Lifer

    I can’t disagree with anything said here thus far. In truth the ‘Hawks have been struggling with the run since the disaster with Hutch’s resigning. While Okung gives us some hope for the future, we’ve shown a general failure to consistently execute with zone blocking.

    To your point on the success of the Seahawks riding on how well good ‘ol #8 does, I couldn’t agree more, and I think it’s primarily due to our inconsistent run game. Hasselbeck would be much more effective (and dangerous) if defenses had to give equal respect to our running game.

    While we have an ok secondary on defense, the Chargers will eat us alive if we can’t get some pressure on Rivers and constantly account for Gates.

    The hardest part about being a Seahawk fan right now is not knowing what to expect. Hopefully both teams will show up and give us all something to watch!