The San Diego Chargers are off to a 1-0 start in the preseason and headed to the Pacific Northwest for a date with the defending Super Bowl champions on Friday night.
The Chargers will be entering a hostile environment at CenturyLink Field as fans will be gearing up for Seattle's first home game in 2014. Friday will also be the first of two meetings between the Chargers and Seahawks before a Week 2 matchup in San Diego during the regular season.
That being said, neither team is expected to show its hand in this first meeting, and a point of emphasis will be on the depth of both squads as the first wave of roster cuts approaches on Aug. 26.
For San Diego, depth played a key factor in last week's big win over the Dallas Cowboys and will be something to keep a close eye on in Friday's game. One such area that has become particularly deep for the Chargers is the running back position, where there could be as many as five players vying for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Friday's game will also benefit as a learning experience for Mike McCoy's club as his players prepare for their first taste of playing on the road. Communication will play a huge role in managing the flow of this uptempo offense, and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will have an opportunity to test out that ability in what may be the loudest stadium in the NFL.
San Diego's next three preseason games will feature opponents scheduled for regular-season play, so every bit of information the Chargers can gather in these initial encounters will be crucial.