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:
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.
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.