Seattle Seahawks Vs. San Diego Chargers: Thoughts, Stats, and Team Grades

Bubba GillContributor ISeptember 27, 2010

With the Seattle Seahawks coming off a "special teams" win, and the Chargers losing a close game that by all rights they should have won, I would simply have to say that was one memorable game.

The game had everything in it, from fumbles to crazy catches (Golden Tate) to kickoffs returned for touchdowns, and simply a pleasant surprise altogether.

SD simply had too many turnovers to win this game.


Quarterback Comparison

Philip Rivers passed for 455 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Rivers is an excellent pocket passer who possesses a decent deep ball, but his real talent lies in his desire to win.

Funny Fact: Philip Rivers is one of the most penalized QBs in the NFL (22 since 2008).

Final Grade: B+

Matt Hasselbeck passed for 220 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Hasselbeck has been the face of this franchise since 2004. He has seen better days, but like Pete Carroll has said, "Matt gives us the best chance to win."

Funny Fact: In 2003, Matt finished first in CBS' “NFL Quarterback Challenge.”

Final Grade: C


Running Back Comparison

Mike Tolbert rushed for 73 yards on 17 attempts with no touchdowns.

Tolbert is a 5'9", 240-pound bowling ball that can really torture tired defenses, as we saw in the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Funny Fact: Until last week Tolbert had been a career situational back, even in college.

Final Grade: B-

Justin Forsett rushed for 63 yards on 17 attempts with no touchdowns.

Forsett is an undersized back (5'8" and 202 pounds) that has shown why he should be Seattle's starter. He is shifty, quick (not fast), and does have deceiving power.

Funny Fact: Justin Forsett's best friend is actually Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch.

Final Grade: C


Wide Receiver/Tight End Comparison

(The players listed below were the WR or TE who posted the most receptions.)

Antonio Gates had seven receptions, 109 yards, and one touchdown.

Gates is a future Hall of Famer. He is undoubtedly the best TE in the game today.

Funny Fact: Antonio Gates never played college football. Instead he was a college basketball player. He was an undrafted free agent.

Final Grade: A-

John Carlson had five receptions, 61 yards, and one touchdown.

Carlson is the one player on the Seahawks that I believe has not yet lived up to his full potential, in large part to the offensive plays being called.

Funny Fact: John Carlson was a McDonald's All-American in basketball and an all-state tennis player.

Final Grade: B-


Offensive Line Comparison

San Diego's O-line was under constant attack and allowed four sacks for the day.

Funny Fact: OG Kris Dielman was actually signed as a DT and then was transformed into an OG. His teammates call him the "Enforcer."

Final Grade: B-

Seattle's O-line gave up three sacks and still hasn't been able to open up a lane consistently.

Funny Fact: During Chester Pitts' college years, he was actually a grocery bagger (since his college didn't have a football program). One day while at work Ephraim Salaam saw him and asked him to try out as a walk-on for San Diego State.

Final Grade: C


Defensive Comparison

San Diego did not have a single starting LB except Shawne Merriman, who went out early due to a calf injury. The hero for SD's defense was Brandon Siler, who posted one sack, a safety, and three tackles for a loss. San Diego's defense kept them in the game in the second half.

Funny Fact: LB Shaun Phillips committed to Purdue just so he could be Drew Brees' tight end.

Final Grade: C+

Seattle's defense had an excellent first half, holding SD to no points. Seattle had many players step up on defense. Safety Lawyer Milloy had 12 tackles, DE Chris Clemons had two sacks, rookie CB Walter Thurmond III had eight tackles and one pass defended, and rookie S Earl Thomas had six tackles and two interceptions. After Aaron Curry's injury the defense seemed to not get as much pressure. Is Curry the real deal?

Funny Fact: Lawyer Milloy was drafted in 1995 by the Detroit Tigers.

Final Grade: B+


Special Teams Comparison

San Diego's special teams unit didn't come up too special in this game. They allowed Leon Washington to not score once but twice, giving up nearly 300 yards on kickoffs and punts.

Funny Fact: In January 2008 San Diego K Nate Kaeding began writing weekly movie reviews for CorridorBUZZ, a daily arts and entertainment website serving the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Iowa corridor.

Final Grade: F+ (Why kick it to Leon Washington twice?)

Seattle's special teams, on the other hand, had the greatest Seahawks special team plays ever in one game. Leon Washington had 263 yards returning and two touchdowns. Golden Tate returned three punts for 44 yards. Seattle's special teams get the game ball.

Funny Fact: Leon Washington's 2006 Bowman "Signs of the Future" card with the Jets caused a great deal of controversy during the third week of November 2006, in which it appears that he is making an obscene gesture.

Final Grade: A+


With the final score 27-20, Seattle gets its second home win, while the Chargers get their second road loss. Seattle next plays the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. San Diego plays Arizona at home.

49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye was fired today, leaving the 49ers even more lost on offense. With a Rams loss and a Cardinals loss, Seattle will be once again perched up high in the NFC West.


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