Jul 27, 2013; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) signs autographs after practice on the 3rd day of training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers / Seahawks Preseason Matchups

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates as he leaves the field after the game against the Washington Redskins in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

8/3/13 – By James Fedewa

The first Chargers preseason game of the year kicks off on this Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is a Super Bowl favorite this preseason and their roster is extremely loaded and talented, specifically their projected starters (yet two of their stars are out with injuries (Clemens/Harvin). Preseason games are only exhibitions, so the main things to focus on are numerous matchups. What to look forward to:

Most Important, Chargers Tackles vs. Seahawks Defensive Ends:

  1. LT King Dunlap & Max Starks vs. Cliff Avril & Bruce Irving
  2. Rookie RT D.J. Fluker & Mike Harris vs. Red Bryant & Michael Bennett

San Diego will debut three new tackles and they will have their hands full with Seattle’s one-on-one matchups. You could not find a group of (wide-nine) defensive ends and pass rushers in the league better than the Seahawks (and Chris Clemens is not even activated). Newbies Dunlap, Starks and Fluker will be eager to show-off and perform well on their new teams. Will quarterback Phillip Rivers survive the first preseason game with three new O-Tackles protecting him? Challenge Accepted…

Next set of notable matchups, in order of importance:

  1. ROLB Dwight Freeney vs. LT Russell Okung (will Freeney play?)
  2. CB Shareece Wright vs. WR Golden Tate (two fast guys, should be fun to watch)
  3. NT Cam Thomas vs. C Max Unger
  4. RDE Kendal Reyes vs. LG James Carpenter (great match up, looks very even)
  5. SS Marcus Gilchrist vs. TE Zach Miller (smaller SS vs. a big TE)
  6. TE Antonio Gates vs. SS Kam Chancellor (Chancellor is a BIG hitter, but Gates will own him)
  7. CB Derek Cox vs. WR Sidney Rice (SD’s new #1CB takes on Seattle’s #1 WR, Percy Harvin OUT)
  8. Slot WR Eddie Royal vs. Nickel CB Antoine Winfield (Royal will have his catches, but no YAC w/ Winfield)
  9. WR Malcolm Floyd vs. CB Brandon Browner (two bigs, slight advantage M80)
  10. DE Corey Liuget vs. OG Paul McQuistan (Liuget should excel)
  11. WR Denario Alexander vs. CB Richard Sherman (Sherman is great, but DX is pretty good)
  12. RB Ryan Matthews & FB LeRon McClain vs. MLB Bobby Wagner & SOLB K.J. Wright (this should be the focus of the game, advantage San Diego)
  13. ILB’s Manti Te’o & Donald Butler vs. RB Marshawn Lynch and FB Michael Robinson (Lynch not expected to play, advantage SD, should be fun to watch a Te’o and Butler tandem)

*Free Safeties Eric Weddle & Earl Thomas are both the freelancing ball-hawks on each team. Both will support each defense respectably, accordingly and matchups vary.

Quarterbacks Russell Wilson is a wildcard the Seahawks have in their back pocket. He can run, he can pass he can do everything. He’s the Seattle feature player, as is Phillip Rivers (minus the running). Rivers will showoff his new quick-strike offence, which will make his o-line love him even more. His quick release doubled up with a short pass offense will make his numbers look outstanding.

The average ticket price for Thursday night’s matchup is $50, according to Razorgator.com. Tickets begin at only $5 and if you’re looking to closely monitor the above matchups, you can grab lower level seats for as low as $23.



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  • 619chargers4life

    cant wait till thursday, only thing im not looking forward to is the 9 dollar beer lol Go Bolts !

    • jamfed

      Beer at a football game is only a habit. I’ll drink my beers pre-game and get some hot dogs (or unique-grub).

      • 619chargers4life

        Lol oh I do the same but like u said out of habit I like to have at least one lol

        • jamfed

          Right. “What’s that? Firestone Union Jack in on tap!? Well, I gotta get ONE!” I’m a sucker for craft beers

  • Adrian Feliciano

    Nice! Liked this article, except you put derek cox at WR instead of CB but im pretty sure people know what you meant at least they better lol going to the game on thursday im really excited!:)

    • jamfed

      Yep, sorry.. there were TWO type errors in there. CB Cox (& will debut vs. with debut). Where’s my editor? LOL

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I’m going to be watching Reinhart, Clary, Troutman like a hawk. We need this o-line to hold up, and this will be the first game action we get! We need these guys to hold up, and play well. Nice article, James. Very in depth.

    • Adam

      I’m really rooting for johnnie troutman…I love that dude Ii hope he can be another AJ accidental hookup. Come on if he was taken in the 4th and he want even gonna be able to play for a year he’s gotta be good

      • jamfed

        Troutman for sure! I’ll be watching him too. He’s my avitar on several other message board-sites.

        • Adam

          Nice man. Hope he gets a shot

  • veazy

    Looking at the 13th matchup reminded me of “Entire Saints defense vs. Marshawn Lynch (advantage: Marshawn Lynch).

  • Mz. Sarah

    Can’t wait! The anticipation is killing me!!!!

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  • JoseSD

    Can someone tell me why they always play nfc West during the preseason

    • jamfed

      Time Zone… Keep it close, less travel.

  • Stefanie Smith

    These guys are coming to town all pumped up on steroids. The young guys think it is great and cool to knock somebody out literally. I hope Rivers is not out there. Seahawks are vicious, unless McCoy and Carroll have an agreement to go light.

    I remember when Sean Payton asked about a “go light” agreement with Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh said no. Saints about pummeled out there. I don’t want any of our team ending up in the hospital over a preseason game. No Antonio out there either.

  • Gunnar Martin

    I’m back Bolt Fam! Missed you guys tons while I was gone. Couldn’t stop thinking about my Chargers.

    Anyways, I think Seattles’ MLBs have the edge over our RBs, but it’s only pre-season so none of them will really be playing in the first place. Ryan better not break another clavicle on his first carry again. Sheesh.

  • Rob Hospidor

    Lol wow this writer paints SD in a sunny light as if they would actually have a snowballs chance in hell if they were playing for real. Rivers is terrible sorry ad fans, too bad ya didn’t have Eli. Here’s the final score 28-10 Hawks.

  • marshall Pirtle

    This is one of the worst articles I have ever read.

  • marshall Pirtle

    Not to mention the fact that you don’t know how to spell. Clemons* Irvin* anything really. Chargers had one of the worst run games in the league last year, yet you give the advantage to San Diego. Zach Miller isn’t playing. Malcolm Floyd does not have the advantage over anyone. Alexander won’t have a catch against Sherm.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      are you the real Kam? that is all

  • TheOriginal12thman

    bruce IRVIN lol

    • TheOriginal12thman

      not irving

  • TheOriginal12thman

    Looking at the matchups i cant find find a single one in which the Chargers will carry an advantage… number 6 and 12 are just crazy Chancellor is a beast and i love gates to death but hes way over the hill. Wagner is the best young MLB in the game you could make an argument for the kid from Carolina but he doesnt
    have the big play ability like wagner