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Game of the Week: Seahawks at Chargers
The reigning Super Bowl champs came out in style in the season opener, with the Seahawks laying a 36-16 beatdown on the Green Bay Packers. Seattle turned in a total team effort, showcasing the aptitude that makes it the overwhelming favorite entering the 2014 NFL campaign.
However, the Seahawks are far from infallible, particularly in one glaring area. Under Pete Carroll, the Hawks have enjoyed home cookin' in Emerald City, compiling a 25-8 record. On the road, the Legion of Boom has been anything but, owning an underwhelming 14-18 mark. This vulnerability will be put to the test in Week 2, as Seattle travels south to San Diego in the WhatIfSports.com NFL Game of the Week.
The Chargers come into this matchup licking their wounds following a tepid performance in the desert. For most of its battle with the Arizona Cardinals, San Diego looked lifeless on offense. The running game was nonexistent (52 yards on 24 carries), and Philip Rivers didn't look in sync with his targets. Worse, when the Lightning Bolts did get open looks, it seemed as if the receiving corps was collectively plagued by alligator arms. Granted, this was against a defense that propelled the Cardinals to 10 victories last fall, yet injuries and suspensions have made this unit a shell of itself. For a team expected to compete for a playoff spot, the Chargers looked like they were still in a preseason slumber.
For San Diego to bounce back in Week 2, the resistance will need to stand its ground. For the most part, the Chargers' D suffocated Carson Palmer and the Arizona offense Monday night, holding the attack to just six points through three quarters. Eric Weddle might be the most underrated defensive performer in the league, and a healthy Melvin Ingram gives this group an extra punch. If the Chargers hold aspirations of notching the W this weekend, it will start with its defensive dexterity.
Lining up from Weddle and company will be Russell Wilson. The combination of the Seattle defense with the Beast Mode inclinations of Marshawn Lynch are commonly cited as the catalyst for this squad, and rightfully so. However, don't overlook the calming presence Wilson brings to the table. Often tagged with the "game manager" connotation, Wilson's own merit gets lost in translation. He'll never be one to blow up the box score, yet there's plenty of explosiveness in the arm and legs of Wilson to be an offensive threat.
So who emerges victorious in this West Coast showdown? According to the award-winning WhatIfSports.com simulation engine, the Seattle Seahawks win 70.8 percent of the time by an average margin of 27-20. For the rest of this week's predictions and projections, click below:
Please Note: The Jaguars-Redskins, Steelers-Ravens, Rams-Buccaneers, Saints-Browns and Texans-Raiders games were re-simulated on 9/11 to account for injuries and roster updates.
NFL Week 2 Predictions
|@ San Francisco 49ers||70.0||24||Simulate Game|
|Kansas City Chiefs||30.7||19||Boxscore|
|@ Denver Broncos||69.3||26||Simulate Game|
|New York Jets||35.0||19||Boxscore|
|@ Green Bay Packers||65.0||24||Simulate Game|
|@ Washington Redskins||63.7||26||Simulate Game|
|@ Baltimore Ravens||62.1||24||Simulate Game|
|St. Louis Rams||41.6||22||Boxscore|
|@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||58.4||25||Simulate Game|
|@ Carolina Panthers||54.9||24||Simulate Game|
|@ Cincinnati Bengals||52.9||22||Simulate Game|
|@ Tennessee Titans||53.1||24||Simulate Game|
|@ Indianapolis Colts||46.7||22||Simulate Game|
|@ Buffalo Bills||43.9||21||Simulate Game|
|New Orleans Saints||62.9||26||Boxscore|
|@ Cleveland Browns||37.1||21||Simulate Game|
|@ New York Giants||31.5||20||Simulate Game|
|@ San Diego Chargers||29.2||20||Simulate Game|
|New England Patriots||72.6||25||Boxscore|
|@ Minnesota Vikings||27.4||19||Simulate Game|
|@ Oakland Raiders||23.8||15||Simulate Game|
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