As a reminder, all of our Seahawks predictions for the season are being tallied in one handy place, which you can find here. Also included are the selections of a celebrity each week, as well as our Seahawks Fan of the Week.
Everybody took the Seahawks last week, and everybody is again this week.
As you can see, my predicted score is 23-16. I made that pick early in the week, and now am second-guessing it a little — I will not be surprised to see Seattle score more than that and win by more than that.
Is there a position where you would objectively give the Chargers the edge over the Seahawks? I guess someone might be able to throw together some passing stats and make a case for Philip Rivers at quarterback. Given all that Russell Wilson does and means for Seattle, I wouldn’t.
San Diego’s receivers are a good group, as well. But with Percy Harvin healthy, I think Seattle has an edge there, too.
No other position group seems much of a debate, especially with the injuries the Chargers have on their offensive line.
Still, this is a road game, and a home opener for the Chargers in front of a sellout crowd, and crazy things can happen in the Any-Given-Sunday NFL, which is why I went with Seattle winning by a touchdown — covering the consensus six-point spread, but close enough for a few nervous moments along the way.
But I think Seattle has reached a point of dominance that in most every game it plays this season (specifically, against anyone other than the 49ers) its biggest opponent is itself. As long as the Seahawks don’t make a mess of things (as they did briefly against the Packers) they are going to be a really tough team for anyone to beat. I don’t see that happening in San Diego.