The Chargers get to play the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks twice within a 30-day span. I say “get to” and not “have to” because this is a good opportunity for the Chargers to gauge where they are at as a team. This may be a preseason game, but the 12th man will still show up and be loud as always. Century Link Field will be a good test for a good offense.
The two teams met last preseason and the Seahawks were in control most of the game, eventually winning 31-10. Both teams got better this offseason. The Seahawks had a good draft and the Chargers bolstered their secondary and running game via free agency and the draft. The “Legion of Boom” mainly stayed in tact as Seattle extended Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas long-term.
Early in the game, the matchup of Philip Rivers and Co. against the Legion of Boom should be fun to watch. The Bolts will find out real quick whether or not the offense is on the right track to being what they were last year. The secondary will also good a good test early on as Russell Wilson has speedy weapons in Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin. The Chargers defense should also get a steady dose of the plethora of running backs the Seahawks have. The Chargers look to test out Donald Brown and other offensive acquisitions against a good defense.
It is yet to be seen if the Seahawks are what they were last year, but I am glad the Chargers have such a tough preseason schedule. They need to prepare for a rigorous regular season schedule. We will not see much of the first-team players, but we will find out if the Chargers have the depth to compete with the best. This is only Act I. This game may not count in the standings or towards a Super Bowl run, but it’s a good, early gauge into who the Chargers will be this season and perhaps what still needs to be improved before the season starts in September.