That's because the Chargers were able to roll to 19 unanswered points in the first half while Rivers rarely felt the heat from the Seahawks' defense. Opposing Russell is the gunslinger in the west, Philip Rivers, who rolls into Seattle ranked third in yards per attempt and sixth in completion percentage, meaning he can get the ball down field often and effectively.
Seattle did not stop the run, giving up 7.3 yards per carry to the Chargers and letting Melvin Gordon run for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Tyrell Williams (12 yards) and Mike Williams (30 yards) each had touchdown receptions as Rivers carved up the Seahawks defense for 228 yards and the two touchdowns on 13-of-26 passing.More news: India`s 12-member team for the 1st T20I against Windies
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"We've found ourselves in most of the games we didn't win right there at the end, so close to getting it done", Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.
"I feel like we got in our own way a lot", Seattle defensive end Frank Clark said. "But, we didn't come to show that today". With the Chargers unable to manufacture much of a pass rush and ranking near the bottom of the league in yards per attempt, the stage seems set for Wilson to keep his streak alive and move the offense down the field when he does let it fly. "We can't allow (Allen) to get loose". But then they were part of the issue on Los Angeles running the ball so well.
With both teams coming into the game winning four of their last five contests and two former Seahawks players making a return to Centry Link Field, this game is shaping up to be heated.
McDougald didn't play in the second half with a knee injury that Carroll said was "pretty sore" on Monday. That said, I am going to go ahead and be the bad sport and grade the refs with an F.