Curtis Allen’s week seven watchpoints (vs LA Chargers)

October 23rd, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

This is a guest article by Curtis Allen

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The Chargers currently sit at 4-2 and are undeniably talented.  They have the most valuable roster piece of all – a franchise quarterback on a rookie salary – and some big pieces on defense.

This year, though, they have been the living embodiment of the “live by the sword, die by the sword” nature of this NFL season.  Most of their games have featured very slim margins, with a singular play or two making the difference.

They lost a close one to Kansas City in a game that included Justin Herbert throwing a backbreaking 99-yard pick six in the fourth quarter.

They beat Cleveland by the skin of their teeth when the Browns’ kicker missed a 54-yard field goal try with moments to play.  Jacoby Brissett also had a very poorly thrown interception late in the game in the red zone.  

Their most recent win came in overtime and featured a muffed punt by the Broncos that sealed the game.

That does not mean their record is inflated.  I am just pointing out that for a team that has very high expectations for this season, they have been playing close to the razor’s edge. That is a good thing for the Seahawks.

Still, this game will require Seattle to be sharp in all phases – including the coaching staff to prepare a proper game plan in order to put their players in the best position for success – if they want to come away with a victory.

The Rookie Class Will Need Both Great Individual Efforts and Team Support

This group has exceeded all expectations so far this season and has been a massive boost to the team and their future team building plans.  This game will be their biggest test yet.  Why?

Practically everywhere you look at this Chargers team, there are very accomplished players that will match up against a Seahawks rookie.

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams will line up across Tariq Woolen and potentially Coby Bryant.

Khalil Mack will be trying to get past Abe Lucas and Charles Cross (more on that below).

Those are tough assignments for anyone, let alone players with only six games of NFL experience.  No doubt the coaching staff will not put them all on islands and ask them to consistently win every snap.

The pass rush and Quandre Diggs will need effective games to keep these great receivers from tilting the field.

The tight ends and running backs will be needed to chip and block the rushers and Shane Waldron will need a balanced attack with a steady diet of runs and quick passes to maximize Geno Smith’s effectiveness.

Darrell Taylor, Uchenna Nwosu and the interior players will need to be effective in their assignments.

At the end of the day though, there will be several plays Sunday where a rookie player will be one-on-one with a very talented Charger.  Holding them to a draw would be a big, big victory for the team.

For their long-term development, sure some mistakes and losses would provide some great teaching moments for the players and the coaching staff.  In this game though, there is quite a large burden being put on the rookies’ shoulders.  How they respond will have a lot to say about the outcome of this game.

There is one more rookie we have not yet discussed that should also figure very prominently on Sunday…

Feature the Run Game and Do Not Abandon It

Some fun with numbers…

The Chargers had the #30 run defense last year, conceding 139 yards per game and they gave up a league-worst 144 rushing first downs.

This year they have risen to #23 in the NFL at 125 yards per game and incredibly, are on pace to concede only 77 rushing first downs.  So, in this one area they would flip their position from league-worst to league-best.

The numbers would suggest the Chargers have made a serious improvement in run defense.

Don’t believe them.  They are lying to you.  The Chargers are still one of the NFL’s worst run defenses again this season.

What is the real story?  The Chargers are giving up an awful 5.6 yards per carry, worst in the NFL except for the Giants by a slim margin.  Why so few first down runs then?

The Chargers have only faced 22.5 rushing attempts per game this year, good for 27th in the league.  Teams are running very well on them, just not very often.  This is a serious weakness the Seahawks are primed to exploit.

Why are teams not pounding the rock on Los Angeles?  I am not sure.  They do have a good number of tackles for loss, which might be concerning to play callers.

One thing I am sure of:  It is not because the Chargers have such a dynamic offense that they run up the score early and teams are being forced to abandon their running game to catch up.  

The Charger defense has taken the field with a lead on 49% of their snaps.  Compare that to the #28-32 teams in terms of fewest rushing attempts faced:  their defenses have been on the field with a lead a whopping 66% of the time.

What does facing a low number of attempts and conceding a high average per carry mean?  They are allowing some really explosive runs.

Look at this chart of their opponents’ successes running the ball so far this season:

Twelve explosive runs and four of them more than triple the 12-yard threshold for an explosive run.  And the efficiency – my goodness, these runners are just gashing the Chargers in a relatively small number of carries.

Is there one specific direction runners are making these big gains?  No.  Look at the two right columns – they are happening both inside and outside the box, and are attacking the left side, the right side and the middle.

So, what is happening with the Charger defense that is causing so many big runs?  One big factor is they are running a defense very similar to what Head Coach Brandon Staley ran with the Rams as defensive coordinator.  On the defensive line, the interior players have a ‘gap and a half’ responsibility.  In short, it means the defender is tasked with engaging the guard or center, reading the runner and the gap and then coming off his man and making the tackle.

It works brilliantly when you have Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.  Not so much when you do not have players of their caliber.  Thus, the Chargers can be exploited with a heavy package of blockers.

That is exactly what is happening.  Looking at those explosive runs on tape, there was a common thread in the vast majority of them:  the offense employed a power formation at the line of scrimmage.  All of Nick Chubb’s runs had at least six on the line.  One had seven.  One had eight!

Look at Dameon Pierce’s 75-yard run.

You have six on the line, Nico Collins is off the line but crashing in to help on the edge (that’s seven) and Fullback Troy Hairston is leading Pierce through the hole and taking Derwin James out of the play.

Did you notice that Pierce was never even touched?  On a 75-yard run.  Runs do not get any easier than that.

The Seahawks have a running back ready to explode in Ken Walker.  Last week against the Cardinals he had four explosive runs.  Alright, fine.  He only had three.  I rounded up.  His 11-yard run counts as explosive in my mind because he wasn’t stopped by a tackler but the goal line.  And that little okie-doke move he gave Byron Murphy at the end was sweet.

The point being, running with a power formation should be a regular feature of Seattle’s offense on Sunday.  The have the means, motive and opportunity.

Other teams so far have just flirted with it.  They get their explosives and then check out of the runs and go to the passing game.  So odd.  

Just to be clear, I am not stumping for the Seahawks to run 35 or 40 times on Sunday.  Just make sure you do not shy away from running, even if it does not produce amazing results immediately.  We have seen rock-solid evidence that it will come if you stick to it.

Having a stacked offensive line and running a lot will also assist you greatly in keeping the strongest area of their defense in check…

Do Not Allow Khalil Mack to Disrupt the Entire Offense

Let’s not mince words.  The Seahawks are countering maybe the NFL’s best pass-rusher on Sunday with bookend rookie tackles who had a really challenging day last week against Arizona.

Charles Cross (59 PFF Sunday) and Abe Lucas (61) facing off against J.J. Watt and Marcus Golden last week was just a warmup for this weekend.

They will be taking the point on keeping him in check and they will need to bring their A-game Sunday for the offense to function as it wants to.

Mack is having a tremendous season.  While league talking heads are not unjustifiably focusing a lot of attention on the Russell Wilson trade as a huge win for Seattle, the Chargers must be over the moon with their trade for Mack.  For only a second-round pick this year and a sixth-round pick next year, they have an 86.9-graded PFF player on the field for 85% of their defensive snaps who has collected six sacks, seven tackles for loss and forced a fumble.

Oh, and they are paying him only $8.75 million this year.  And they have him under contract for the next two years with little to no guarantees.  That is what you call a steal of a deal right there.

But back to the game Sunday.  The Chargers line Mack up against both tackles, so they will both need to be ready.

There are several things the Seahawks can do to help mitigate the effect that these two players will have on the offense:

-Run the ball consistently.

-The tight ends will be a critical piece for this game.  From just straight up helping the tackles in a standard blocking formation, to chipping and then releasing and getting open for a quick timed pass, to using them in a fullback/H-back type position to lead the runner through holes.

-Geno Smith will need to be even quicker with his processing.  There will be plays the Seahawks do not max-protect and he will have to know that sooner rather than later the rush is coming.  He will need to decide to throw or scramble at a faster pace.  Typically, this year he has been fine in this area but he regressed Sunday against Arizona a bit and that led to him being sacked six times — as Pete Carroll has acknowledged.

-The running backs will need to stand ready to pick up rushers.  The Chargers blitzed 24 times last week against Denver.  The backs will need to give more than a token effort to pick them up and give Geno that extra half-second he needs to make his throw.

All those are great ways they can help.  But as I said above, at the end of the day Cross and Lucas will still face Mack or a blitzer one on one at times.  It is just a numbers game.  You cannot double-team him and a blitzer on every single play.  How they do in these matchups will be crucial.

One thing that will provide incentive for them to play well – the Chargers are not just giving up explosive run plays.  They have been burned several times in the deep passing game.  Big acquisition J.C. Jackson is struggling with a new scheme and his health to the point that he got benched Sunday.  They have claimed that he will start Sunday.  At this point, what looked like an offseason area of strength is now looking like a real vulnerability.

One of the reasons Los Angeles is struggling with deep passes:  Staley misses Jalen Ramsey just as much as he misses Aaron Donald.  He literally had Ramsey on an island and flooded coverage on the other side of the field.  You look very, very good as a defensive coordinator with a player who can take half the field away.

Staley does not have that advantage anymore.  In fact, his corners have been beaten with regularity.

And those nine blitzes per game I mentioned up above?  They open the middle up and put pressure on the backfield to consistently win one-on-one, which they have yet to do to the degree they need to.  So, if the blitzer does not get home or otherwise effect the play, the defensive backs are vulnerable.  And they will be more so if they are trying to cover D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

The Seahawks should be able to take advantage of this.  If – and this is a big if – their blockers can provide the quarterback enough time to make his reads and throws.

Special Teams, Please Do Not Do Anything Stupid

This point is self-explanatory.  Two weeks in a row we have seen a punt go horribly awry and both resulted in touchdowns for the other team.

In the Saints loss, the margin of victory was seven points.

In the Cardinals win, the Seahawks were able to shrug it off because they won comfortably and the defense had an uncharacteristically great day holding the offense out of the end zone with some assistance from a wonky Cardinal offense.

The Chargers are more talented than those two teams, and the Seahawks defense is still fragile.  Barring some strange collapse by the Chargers, a best-case scenario is this game will be another close matchup.  Another blunder could make the difference like it did in the New Orleans game.

Special Teams has always been a source of pride for Pete Carroll.  When he spoke earlier this week about the mistakes driving them crazy, I believe him.  Look for the Seahawks to right the ship this week.

They better – they will need to be very effective to beat the Chargers.

521 Responses to “Curtis Allen’s week seven watchpoints (vs LA Chargers)”

  1. Big Mike says:

    Outstanding as always cha. Thank you. Great piece on why the Hawks need to run the football today first and foremost.

  2. says:

    Sidney Jones?

  3. Canadian Hawk says:

    Another great summary Cha.

    I feel if the Seahawks can continue to get better at Peteball – run the ball, protect the ball, bend-not-break defsense – not only do they have a chance to win today, but coming out of it you’ll have a young, confident group heading into the second half of the season.

    And that could be alot of fun to watch.

  4. Mick says:

    As interesting as always, cha, thank you.

    I think we should go mean and hit Herbert as hard as we can. He’ll panic and their O will go down. And we shouldn’t get cute, throw in a lot of multiple TEs, protect Lockett and run the ball with Walker, Dallas and also Eskridge and Metcalf.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      We need Cleveland, New Orleans and Vegas to all start winning some games.

      We’d have a legit shot at Levis if we start with the 4th pick. Alternatively, it wouldn’t cost multiple picks to get Richardson. Or we could trade down for an extra R2

      • 12th chuck says:

        need indy to win some more games as well

      • Rob Staton says:

        I think it’s increasingly likely Levis goes first

        The projection is so easy with him

        • Blitzy the Clown says:

          I agree completely. At this point in the season we know who’s out there and I don’t see anyone, Will Anderson included, who rates higher. Let alone for a QB-desperate team like Carolina, Detroit or Houston.

          So if we have pick #4 through Denver, and our native pick is in the 15-20 range, what else would it take to move up 3 spots to #1?

          Certainly our 2023 R1. Probably also our earlier 2022 R2 from Denver.

          4, 15-20, 34, 2023 R1 — would that be enough?

          Not advocating for it, just looking for a possible cost.

      • Hawkster says:

        Heinike ? Nah. Add the Commanders to the list

  5. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Tranquill had a really nice game vs Denver. Dude has some wheels. I’d watch out for him in the pass rush with Mack getting most of the attention.

    But like you say cha, explosive runs should keep the Chargers’ defense on their heels. Other than Mack and Joseph-Day, their DL isn’t much.

  6. cha says:


    Penny Hart
    Artie Burns
    Sidney Jones
    Gabe Jackson
    Teez Tabor

    Lockett active as Pete said he would likely be.

  7. Jordan says:

    Don’t want to speak too soon, but it certainly looks like Rodgers, Brady, Stafford will be fading from the scene in the coming years. If the Seahawks can nail down the QB spot (be it Geno or someone else) with someone better than Hurts or whoever the 49ers give the keys to, they could be in a really good place in the NFC.

  8. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Panthers just took over on downs as they lead Tampa Bay 21-3 with 7 mins left in the game 😮

    • Big Mike says:

      I just was gonna come in and ask the question, have they quit on Brady? Maybe they’re just sick of him going to an opposing team’s owner’s wedding and missing a bunch of training camp and all that kind of crap. Or is it cuz he pushed Arians aside as coach…er, Arians stepped down?

      • Blitzy the Clown says:

        Todd Bowles. Arians is a special advisor I think. As interesting to me is Carolina exercising CMC demons? They have like 150 rushing yards in the second half alone against a good run defense.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Game over. Bucs run into kicker and give the ball back to Carolina with 3:30 remaining

  9. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Browns have a chance vs Ravens down by 3 with 2:30 left

    • Big Mike says:

      Packers losing to Washington by 6 and they just turned the ball over at the Washington 30. Long. A lot of time left but Rogers is not Rogers

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Ravens block Browns 60 yard FG attempt. Take back possession and hold a 3 point lead with 2 minutes left

  10. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Wow Rodgers to Jones what a pass and catch

  11. cha says:

    Anyone else blocked from listening to Rob from the USA?

  12. AlaskaHawk says:

    Seahawks are 4.5 point underdogs!

  13. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    How the hell does Mafe miss the fumble recovery?

  14. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Eckler didn’t get it excellent defensive stand!

  15. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Nice stop on 4th, D. All things being equal, I’d rather have the challenge back.

  16. Chris says:

    Wow! Game of inches

  17. cha says:

    Great stop D! That’s a 3-pt win at least.

  18. Mick says:

    Nice to have improved version of Brooks back and Al Woods returning on the pitch.

  19. HOUSE says:

    Solid stand there… I swear every time Pete challenges a call, it gets called STANDS every single time.

  20. Chris says:

    I would like to see more of the 3 t.e set going forward. Run the damn ball!

  21. Chris says:

    What’s Waldron have against running the ball?

  22. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Shaping up to be an ugly slog of a game…

  23. cha says:

    Lockett is the best at selling PI.

  24. Blitzy the Clown says:

    There we go. Lots of this.

    Nice block by Colby Parkinson

  25. Chris says:

    Not bad with the pass pro so far

  26. HOUSE says:

    Walker is so nimble on his feet. Love watching him process and attacking an opening

  27. Big Mike says:

    Nice improv by Geno but I despise empty on 3rd ans 1

  28. Chris says:

    The interior of our oline gives up so much penetration in the run game

    • bmseattle says:

      Blythe gets tossed around quite a bit.
      Our guards should be able to get some push, though

    • cha says:

      Haynes came around and completely handled Mack on that long Walker hesitation run though.

      Jackson wouldn’t have gotten over in time.

  29. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Geno Smith just as cool as the other side of the pillow

  30. Sea Mode says:


  31. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes good throw and catch! Good game!

  32. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Geno is finna to price himself out of our ability to sign him at a reasonable contract. It’s pretty incredible.

  33. kyro183 says:

    I feel without Russell we play a more organized and cohesive fun game plan. Even if Geno is less talented than Russell the offense as whole, TE, RB, WR and even the line just play better.

  34. pdway says:

    lets go D!

    nice hands on that zinger

  35. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Ryan Neal with the INT!

    • cha says:

      “Tough break for Justin Herbert” ???

      What game are you watching, color guy?

      That was a poor decision plain and simple.

  36. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Adams doesn’t pick that off, 11 out of 10 times.

  37. Mick says:

    Someone explain me, why do we pay Jamal Adams?

    • HOUSE says:

      Because we grossly over paid for him in the trade and then had to try to justify keeping them around by giving them a big ass contract. I’m totally fine with Ryan Neal starting next year and us biting the bullet of $7.2 million in dead cap in 23 and 24 by cutting Adams. Ryan Neal will be a restricted free agent and probably cost us around $3 million next season. With Jamal Adams dead cap hit, that would roughly be $10-11M invested in the SS position. Rip the bandaid off

      • HOUSE says:

        Just re-read overthecap… It would be 3 years of $7.1M dead cap to get rid of Jamal Adams. smh

        Anyone want to force him into retirement?

  38. HOUSE says:

    Nice pick Neal!!! Let’s go

  39. bmseattle says:

    As fun as it would have been to see that ball bounce of Adams’ facemask… I love to see Neal making a play on the ball like that.

  40. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Wow nice carry for Dallas

  41. Hawks4life says:

    What happened to Walker?

  42. Matt says:

    Weirdest year I can ever remember in the NFL. I feel like teams are gonna make decisions based on weird stuff and will pay for it the following seasons.

    There are literally no great teams. It’s like there are 20 teams that are wholly indistinguishable.

    Just so odd to watch.

    • Matt says:

      Like I’m watching this team; and I don’t see a good team – BUT they are playing well. I honestly don’t know how to process this.

      I’m sincerely worried people think we are on the cusp and it results in a multi-year setback because we were in fact, not that close.

  43. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice PBU

    But we get rescued by the Chargers’ mistake

  44. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    ROOKIE!!!! Flex on ‘em!

  45. Robbie says:

    I love the way Walker runs!

  46. Hawks4life says:

    Wow! Walker is a special special player! His change of direction is incredible!!!

  47. Chris says:

    Wow that rookies exceleration is incredible!

  48. cha says:

    That’s two explosive runs for Walker already.




  49. AlaskaHawk says:

    I like this game plan with balanced passing and rushing.

  50. Romeo A57 says:

    What a start. Just when you start believing that the Chargers might be good they do not fail to disappoint. Geno is looking sharp.

  51. Sea Mode says:

    Offense and defense be rollin’!

  52. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes, I wondered if the defense was just going through growing pains and would “get it ” half way through the season. It’s looking better already.

  53. bmseattle says:

    Mafe in coverage, one on one… not good.

  54. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice play Tariq!

  55. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Without the rod in his leg, Taylor gets 6.

  56. Big Mike says:

    B4 he ripped the ball out, he was held.

  57. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Darrell Taylor hello my man!

  58. Sea Mode says:

    Let’s go baby!

  59. Chris says:

    I love it when young players come through

  60. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Cmon DK you gotta hold onto those

  61. Chris says:

    Metcalf will never be elite until his hands improve

  62. bmseattle says:

    Making that play is the final step for DK to be truly elite.

  63. pdway says:

    man..this is fun

  64. Chris says:

    What have the coaches been feeding the dline? They look like a different group out there.

  65. Tony says:

    This game feels like it’s going towards that lions game.

  66. Chris says:

    Hopefully d.k has to poop again

  67. bmseattle says:

    DK needs to take another dump, hopefully.

  68. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    DK back on the “Mud Butt Shuttle.”

  69. Kyle R says:

    Metcalf needing to take a shit again.

  70. Mick says:

    Best quarter of the season.

  71. Big Mike says:

    Shit, it wasn’t the shits

  72. bmseattle says:

    DK actually hurt?
    Uh oh…

  73. pdway says:

    weird …dk seemed upbeat and smiling on the cart

    • bmseattle says:

      Yeah, he didn’t seem in pain, or upset at all.
      Very odd that he’s ruled out for the whole game already.

  74. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Pretty good coverage by Neal

  75. Big Mike says:

    Who needs time outs?

  76. Chris says:

    Lol, Neal a similar version to kam chancellor. What a maroon

  77. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Yay t/o and clock management!

  78. bmseattle says:

    Chargers seem to be moving Allen away from Woolen’s side

  79. AlaskaHawk says:

    Herbert has figured out the zone coverage!

  80. Glor says:

    Need to figure it how to stop ekler

  81. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I’m very apprehensive about the trend of this game and half time adjustments by the Chargers

  82. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    DK down? Time to unleash the Dareke!

  83. Hawks4life says:

    Eskridge has been nothing short of terrible, complete bust

  84. bmseattle says:

    For being a first round pick, who is super athletic… Fant sure doesn’t show anything special with the ball.

  85. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Eskridge…… oh. Drink.

  86. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Oh ffs

  87. bmseattle says:

    So he gets a concussion on top of it?

    • Big Mike says:

      You have Walker and Dallas running the ball well and their position is running back why do you get cute and put a wide receiver in the backfield?

      • bmseattle says:

        Because that’s what separates the “genius” offensive coordinators with the run of the mill ones.

  88. AlaskaHawk says:

    Eskridge got Macked! Youch

  89. Romeo A57 says:

    Things were going too wellnwith a 17-0 1st Quarter. Eskridge fumble then he gets hurt. DK is out with a bum knee…

  90. Tony says:

    That might be game over for dee. Hope he’s OK, but guy can’t go 3 games without being hurt. He’s like prosise.

  91. Tallyhawk says:

    Why? Just why? We’re up 10 don’t get cute. Use your actual running backs who are getting 5+ a touch

  92. pdway says:

    just an awful play by eskridge. no excuse for that

  93. Tony says:

    Al woods is a beast.

  94. AlaskaHawk says:

    Seahawks need a receiver like Mike Williams.

  95. Roy Batty says:

    Wow, Diggs actually making an effort.

  96. Chris says:

    Damn is that digs 1st solo tackle of year

  97. Big Mike says:

    Those 7 points are on Shane Waldron

    • Roy Batty says:

      Yeah, I don’t get the force-feeding of Eskridge. Even when he takes kicks or gets a reception, I’ve seen nothing to make me think he will do much as a runner.

  98. Roy Batty says:

    Not really enthused about a turnover battle.

  99. Tony says:

    Yup lions game 2.0
    Defenses look trash, aside from turnovers

  100. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Feeling like the air’s been let out. If we can’t take this next series down the field, not looking good.

  101. Big Mike says:

    So Waldron is oh for 2 on getting cute this year. Remember the halfback pass that didn’t work earlier this year? You know for a coach that preaches basic football Pete allows way too much of this crap.

  102. UP Hawk says:

    Barton is so bad. Hand fighting a WR instead of turning around and Mike Williams runs right behind his back.

  103. Big Mike says:

    Oh what a novel idea use your running back to run the football

  104. Big Mike says:

    It’s really good to see him back on the field. Glad I was wrong

  105. Chris says:

    It would be nice if walker could as least to the l.o.s without making a man miss

  106. Tony says:

    This rb is better at rb than the wr at rb. genius stuff.

  107. Tony says:

    Dee only doing bad things today.

  108. cha says:

    Terrible call on Eskridge. He’s not allowed to block his man?

  109. Roy Batty says:

    And Eskridge kills another drive.

  110. Roy Batty says:

    Blount, what the hell were you thinking.


  111. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    No freeform jazz from Dickson…. but ST f*cks it up anyways.

  112. Big Mike says:

    More bad not special teams

  113. Chris says:

    The stupid mistakes are killing us

  114. KennyBadger says:

    How about you sit the next few plays out Dee.

  115. pdway says:

    all that early momentum gone. mistakes after mistakes.

  116. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes, I’m surprised they brought him back this fast. At least wait till the second half.

    There’s gonna be a lot of medical questions on Monday Morning.

  117. Chris says:

    Who worse the hawks defense or the kraken goalie?

  118. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Breece Hall went down with a knee injury. Here’s where Walker make his bid for ROY…

  119. Roy Batty says:

    That’s the way. Nice, hard nosed defensive stop.

  120. Big Mike says:

    Good job on the tackle Mr. Bryant

  121. Chris says:

    We needed that to stop the momentum swing

  122. pdway says:

    really nice stand for the D there.

  123. Roy Batty says:

    Would be nice to have a few TE seam routes.

  124. Big Mike says:

    Really could use some points on this drive. They get the ball to start the 2nd half

  125. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    I want Dareke!! The people demand it!

  126. Roy Batty says:

    There we go. Mix in those TEs.

  127. Chris says:

    Russ must have hated throwing to the t.e’s because they are a huge part of our offense now

  128. AlaskaHawk says:

    Eskridge is feeling scrappy! Love seeing the tight ends get involved more , they are stepping up now that they are needed.

  129. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Eskridge has bulked up a bit since last year

  130. Kyle R says:

    Yes! God I love it when we use the TE and get them involved and the quick passing game is great too.

  131. Roy Batty says:


  132. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Whomever decided that Gronkowski was charming or funny should be sacked.

  133. cha says:

    Wow! Goodwin with some hops

  134. Chris says:

    Damn, way to step up goodwin

  135. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Goodwin! And Geno with the DIME!

  136. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Geno making magic all over the field today

  137. pdway says:

    what a gorgeous throw and catch

    i’d thought goodwin was cooked career-wise, glad to be wrong!

  138. Sea Mode says:

    I simply cannot believe what we’re seeing from Geno right now. Incredible.

  139. Roy Batty says:

    And for the 7th game in a row, I will say it: Geno getting to the line with at least 15 seconds on the play clock is SOOOOOO refreshing.

    • pdway says:

      totally agree. gives him time to adjust at the line too.

      • Roy Batty says:

        Geno gets to the line, sets, makes his pre snap reads, backs off, and STILL has plenty of time.

        So nice.

        • Tien says:

          Totally agree, Roy! I used to think that all those delays and last second snaps to beat the play clock were due to the coaches being late with getting the plays to Russ but now, I’m thinking that for whatever reason, those delays were mostly on Russ.

  140. Big Mike says:

    Perfect ball placement by Geno incredible catch by Goodwin

  141. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Noncontact injury. That’s probably not good

    • HOUSE says:

      Definitely hate seeing that… That guy was brought in to make a huge upgrade to that secondary. If it’s serious, rooting for a speedy recovery

  142. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes Goodwin is having a great day and Geno is showing he can make all the throws.

    About the only thing I haven’t seen the Seahawks offense pull off this year is a good screen play. But they haven’t needed to with the running back counters in other games.

    Jeeze they started talking about a players knee and I thought it was a Seahawks for a moment. Not that I wish anyone an injury but at least make it a charger player.

    • Roy Batty says:

      I would love to see a play action screen with Walker getting the catch up the middle and two linemen out front.

      Carnage would ensue.

  143. Chris says:

    Offensive line doing a good job in pass protection so far. It also helps to have a qb who gets the ball out on time.

  144. Roy Batty says:

    Wow, his ACL must have just popped.

    That sucks.

  145. cha says:

    Lindsey Thiry
    Chargers have officially ruled cornerback JC Jackson out because of a knee injury.

    He left the field with an aircast on his right leg.
    3:05 PM · Oct 23, 2022

  146. downtownjewelrybryan says:

    nice bat down poona the big tuna

  147. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    I certainly don’t hope to be proven wrong but Herbert must still be hurting from those ribs.

  148. Chris says:

    This game is gonna have a wild finish

  149. Blitzy the Clown says:

    All in all a nice half of football from Seattle

  150. AlaskaHawk says:

    Interesting first half – it would be nice to get out of this game without any more injuries – on both sides.

  151. Tony says:

    Watching this offense after the last few years. RW looks more and more like the issue. Its just crazy to see geno do this well. He’s not elite, but he is really controlling the offense.

  152. Hawkster says:

    SEA 17:16 pass:run
    LA 25:9 pass:run

    • Hawkster says:

      I remember PFF doing drat grades and them lamenting Walker as a terrible pick, F- type f pick. It is the effective running game that is the difference in the first half of this game. Sure, all sorts of stuff ll over the place, but in the end the 4.6 yd/carry on 16 carries (5 rushing first downs and a TD) is the difference.

  153. Roy Batty says:

    God I did love watching Rodgers stare into the abyss and realize his team sucks earlier today.

  154. cha says:

    FWIW Dr Chao thinks JC Jackson has ruptured Patella and DK isn’t that bad.

  155. Chris says:

    All the talk of Pete holding Russ back turned out to be not true. In fact Pete seems to get the best out of qb’s

    • Roy Batty says:

      His reply to a reporters question about Geno says everything about Russ, too.

      “He does what you tell him.”

  156. Roy Batty says:

    Bellore out cold.

  157. Belfasthawk says:

    Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere but speculation DK has done his ACL

  158. Tony says:

    Injuries got me more interested in just getting thru this game. Guys are getting destroyed everywhere.

  159. Chris says:

    Cody Barton has no instincts

  160. Roy Batty says:

    A Brooks whiff. Drink.

  161. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Brooks takes…… an angle.

  162. Blitzy the Clown says:

    JFC Cody Barton is utterly inept

  163. AlaskaHawk says:

    Clearly holding when our defensive line rushes. Call if ref!

  164. Roy Batty says:

    Oh, Nwosu wanted that one BAAAAD.

  165. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Ooooooh. Really lucky they missed the facemask…

  166. Chris says:

    I hate to speak so soon, but our defense is starting to look competent

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Pass rush is definitely getting there. Corners look pretty good too. We’re weak in between though and it shows.

  167. pdway says:

    feels so good to see them figuring out ways to get pressure on the quarterback. realky changes everything.

  168. Big Mike says:

    Now offensive line, could you please block a little for Walker

  169. Chris says:

    Dissly earning every bit of his contract

  170. cha says:

    Walker!!!! Another explosive!

  171. Chris says:

    When walker gets in space I always stand up

  172. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice timing on these runs. Just grind the Chargers defense down in this 3rd quarter.

  173. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes = amazing how a good draft or two changes things. Get people that are hungry for their wins.

  174. Big Mike says:

    You and rob and other people need to remind Hawks twatter about their stance on the draft pick. I don’t do twatter

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      Which player does twatter not like?

      I kind of feel like Pete Carroll is blessed with the ability to pull a quarterback out of his yoo hoo. His best trait for sure.

  175. Chris says:

    I’ve ripped Evan hill on his take

  176. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Walker giving Mack the business is so sexy…

  177. HOUSE says:

    Walker is FEARLESS. TOLD Mack to get lost. Lol

  178. pdway says:

    thats a crazy call

  179. Big Mike says:

    Is absolute shit officiating

  180. Blitzy the Clown says:

    What a bollux call

  181. HOUSE says:

    False start on Blythe… WTH???

    Curhan is in at RG with Haynes having to leave the field

  182. Roy Batty says:

    Geno with a laser. He

  183. Tony says:

    Did my favorite team, the refs take over in 2nd half?! Such a big ref fan

  184. pdway says:

    lets goo hawks!

  185. Big Mike says:

    An absolutely shit call. They blew it dead and shouldn’t have and they knew it so they had to call it on the seahawks

  186. Chris says:

    Nfl officiating is outta control

  187. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Geno Ice

  188. AlaskaHawk says:

    Oh man that’s a good catch. Wow

  189. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Between the phantom false start, pulling Haynes from the field and making the Hawks take a TO due to not resetting the play clock, these refs can eat many bags of d*cks…

  190. Chris says:

    Geno is fired up

  191. Hawkster says:

    Geno finding himself some #16

  192. Roy Batty says:

    Walkers first, patient cut is sick.

  193. Tony says:

    I’m here for fired up geno.

  194. AlaskaHawk says:

    Hmmm He only gets 5 yards for that dirty low block?

  195. Roy Batty says:

    Hahaha, in case of emergency, break glass and grab the Lockett.

  196. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Under pressure!

  197. Hawkster says:

    Lockett catches footballs

  198. pdway says:

    man, right past curhan

  199. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    If this offense could actually actually be effective in the red zone, we’d really have something special.

  200. Big Mike says:

    Still a good drive because we started that at our own 5 yd line and ate up a whole bunch of clock.

  201. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Welp they’re gonna hold us to 3 points.

    But that drive ate up about 8 or 9 minutes.

  202. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes i’m impressed by the clock control.

  203. 12th chuck says:

    this is the worst officiating I have seen in a long time. And I watch the pac 12 games as well

  204. Big Mike says:

    I like that he declined it 3rd and long don’t give him an extra down

  205. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Did Brooks knock his fellow defender off of the Everett tackle?

  206. AlaskaHawk says:

    I like the score but feel like the Chargers have momentum.

    Geno has to play to win and not just to hold a lead.

  207. Tony says:

    I still see 20 total points coming in 4th lol

  208. Big Mike says:

    Look at that coverage by a guy playing his 7th NFL game who isn’t even a converted WR

  209. pdway says:

    everett giveth, everett taketh away. a story we know well.

  210. Robbie says:

    Tariq Woolen is good! Like real good!

  211. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Dropped pass? THAT’S the Gerald Everett I remember.

  212. AlaskaHawk says:

    Two great defensive stops! But the goddess of football is fickle and we end up with the ball on our 2 yard line!

  213. cha says:

    Through three quarters this defense has given up 22 yards rushing.

  214. Big Mike says:

    I’d be happy with 2 or 3 1st Downs here

  215. Big Mike says:

    Nice block Blythe

  216. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Nice run blocking, OL…. 🤦🏽

  217. AlaskaHawk says:

    Wow! That was not the right play to call on the 2 yard line!

  218. Big Mike says:

    No need to draft a good center though

  219. pdway says:

    dammit….huge play

  220. Big Mike says:

    That punt was needed

  221. Palatypus says:


    JETS !!! JETS !!! JETS !!!

  222. Chris says:

    Almost every inside run has a defender in the backfield

  223. cha says:

    I hope Myles Adams gets some PFF love. He’s had 2 or 3 good plays today.

  224. pdway says:

    man, way to go seahawks defense

  225. Sea Mode says:

    Why is the clock still running if Herbert ran out of bounds?

  226. AlaskaHawk says:

    I like how close the defenders have gotten = how quick they are to tackle or jump for the ball.

  227. Chris says:

    Defense stepping the f— up

  228. Trevor says:

    Herbert is not even throwing at Woolen. When was the last time a team avoided a rookie with 6 starts.

  229. Palatypus says:

    Hey, if Geno gets a win today, he’ll have done something Russell Wilson never has: beat the Chargers.

    House Wilson: “Riding the wind like a prairie hawk, across the plains, to the mountain pine.”

  230. HOUSE says:

    Nice defensive stand there. We need to eat some Clock and make up those two points we lost on that safety. We need to put up at least a FG here

  231. cha says:

    Another Explosive for Walker!

  232. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Oh yeah Walker!

  233. Blitzy the Clown says:

    He got tackled mid cut that’s why he was blown back so far

  234. Kyle R says:

    Damn I love me some Walker and our rookie tackles!

    • Palatypus says:

      Did you know that the only time the Pro Football Writer’s Association named a pair of offensive tackles on the same team to the All-Rooke Team was in 1982?

      St. Louis Cardinals Luis Sharpe and Tootie Robbins.

  235. Dave Stacey says:

    The last time we played Khalil Mack was against the Bears 4 years ago. He took over the game. He’s barely had a mention tonight.

    This team is starting to look legit

  236. Blitzy the Clown says:

    It’s raining flags hallelujah!

  237. Big Mike says:

    If Louis makes the block there this a really big play

  238. Big Mike says:

    Do we have to throw a challenge flag on that I guess not. They actually got one right
    Real poor throw by Geno got away with one

  239. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Jason Myers has been pretty solid so far this year.

  240. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Asante Samuel goes full sturm und drang there.

  241. Chris says:

    My butt clinched up on that throw

    • cha says:

      Poor throw. You throw it to the sideline where “my guy gets it or no one does”

      He threw it at the WR’s back hip.

      Samuel shouldn’t have even been able to get a hand on it.

      • Matt says:

        Geno has played really well, but he’s thrown 2-3 balls a game that should be picks and the other team just doesn’t finish it. Again, he’s played really well + some great luck to boot.

  242. KennyBadger says:

    Pete ball game today.

  243. cha says:

    Jason Myers flexing at the Charger sideline = LOL

  244. Palatypus says:

    Broncos lose!!!

  245. Chris says:

    Jackson did his best Jamal impression

  246. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Are we letting Norton guest DC for this drive? What the hell is happening?

  247. HOUSE says:

    Damn you Mike Jackson!!!

  248. Matt says:

    I’ve never seen a 6’6” QB have so many batted balls. Herbert is so gifted but he just doesn’t have that mojo that Burrow has. I think that’s what separates them.

  249. Kyle R says:

    Is Herbert like 5’6″? Why all the batted balls?

  250. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes Jackson isn’t going to make it if he can’t make some interceptions.

  251. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Uh oh. If Nwosu is badly hurt, our odds of trading for a replacement go up drastically.

  252. KennyBadger says:

    I hope that’s a cramp and not a strain…

  253. HOUSE says:

    That doesn’t look good for Nwosu

  254. Sea Mode says:

    Broncos lose!

  255. AlaskaHawk says:

    Both teams must be exhausted. They are getting so many injuries.

  256. Chris says:

    We need to quit hurting the chargers so they can beat the broncos next time they play them

  257. pdway says:

    what a great game for this defense.

    one short field td, and one other score all game. tons of key stops.

    are we becoming a playoff team?

  258. Hawkster says:

    Hard fought game, couple teams that came to play.

  259. Blitzy the Clown says:


  260. cha says:


  261. Palatypus says:

    This draft sucked.

  262. AlaskaHawk says:

    Oh yes Walker – he is awesome.

  263. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    “WITNESS ME!!!!” – Ken Walker III

  264. HOUSE says:

    Walker with the DAGGER!!!

  265. Hawkster says:

    Keep seeing thing, KWIII kills it on the right side.

  266. pdway says:

    you aint catching that dude!!!!!

  267. Troy says:

    Cha gotta be feeling vindicated with K9 getting all them yards and TDs lol

  268. Romeo A57 says:

    Complete domination on the road today. This looks like a playoff team. Impressive defensive effort. I am in shock!

  269. SEAhemoth82 says:

    I swear Cody Barton is a live action Madden glitch.

  270. pdway says:


  271. KennyBadger says:

    Cheers blog – according to my preseason prediction, Seattle won’t win another game 🍻🍻🍻

  272. Roy Batty says:

    Neal has been ballin out today.

  273. Big Mike says:

    Please someone go on seahawks Twitter and remind those idiots that they thought the draft choice of Walker was a poor choice at that point in the draft

  274. Tony says:

    Hot take here.
    Walker kid looks pretty decent.

  275. Big Mike says:

    Answer more shit officiating the receiver ducked into the tackle

  276. Chris says:

    One defender had an angle on walker and that evaporated real quick

  277. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Another crap call. I get the rule but the WR initiated the helmet to helmet

  278. Trevor says:

    I remember a bunch of Hawks Twitter whining like crazy when the Hawks took Walker and not Malik Willis.

    Last years draft is looking like one for the ages.

  279. Big Mike says:

    Pete, will you please put DJ Dallas in the game when we get the ball back and let Walker not get injured

  280. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Ryan Neal has been effectively busy today

    Haven’t felt like anything’s missing at that position

  281. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Halfway decent coverage by Mafe, with an assist from Bryant

  282. AlaskaHawk says:

    Nwosu delivers an order of Herberts barbacue ribs!

  283. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Oh baby! Bryant with the Woolen tip INT!

  284. Big Mike says:

    And yet another horse shit call

    • Bmseattle says:

      Thank goodness we are winning comfortably.
      Imagine how infuriating these calls would be, otherwise

    • pdway says:

      right? didnt look near to crossing into neutral zone.

      refs have done us wrong all game

  285. AlaskaHawk says:

    At least a bunch more time is off the clock.

  286. Trevor says:

    NFL officiating is worse now than ever. It is unbelievable that a multi billion sport can’t get this figured out and get quality officiating. Gets worse year after year instead of better.

  287. Big Mike says:

    A sky judge takes care of all this kind of horrible officiating. Why won’t the NFL implement it? Because they can’t steer games the way they want to is that it?

  288. HOUSE says:

    I know Ekeler is a beast, but Cody Barton is trash and got destroyed there with that move. No more Barton after this season

  289. Glor says:

    Zebras working hard to keep the chargers in this

  290. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Hey Big Mike you see that graphic comparing K9 to Curt Warner?

  291. Sea Mode says:

    I’ve seen a couple really good open-field blocks from Parkinson today

    • SEAhemoth82 says:

      He was mixing it up all game with chippy blocks. He agitated Mack at the end of the game.

      Don’t let the free flowing locks of love fool you!

  292. cha says:

    Today’s game is the middling defensive performance we’ve been begging for.

    Let the offense be the star. Just bring your lunchpail and hammer rivets all day.

    • Ben P says:

      I’d honestly go so far as to say that the defense played pretty dang well today. That last drive aside, they’ve been rock solid.

  293. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I am absolutely gobsmacked that after 7 weeks Seattle will be alone atop the NFC West at 4-3

  294. Sea Mode says:


    Brady Henderson

    From @ESPNStatsInfo: According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Kenneth Walker III reached a max speed of 22.09 MPH on his 74-yard rushing TD. That’s the fastest speed by any ball-carrier in the NFL this season.

  295. cha says:

    Deejay adding insult to injury. Good night!

  296. SEAhemoth82 says:

    I know we on the blog have said all it before, but this draft class from top to bottom is incredible.

    I also feel that Waldron’s offense after 7 games has been somewhat vindicated with it’s ability to function at a high level with Geno Smith.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      I agree. Got to think Pete has some blessing from god to find quarterbacks. His best ability! Who knows, maybe Lock will be the next find LOL.

      • SEAhemoth82 says:

        I don’t want to create speculation about what Wilson was doing while under center for Waldron, but it just seems like he was playing outside the offensive scheme, principles, and ultimately the game plan (every week).

        I mean it was reported that Wilson stormed out when he denied to have any offensive influence over the gameplan against the Cardinals in 2020 (?). Maybe he decided to make play call changes at the line during games?

        It’s just interesting to see this offense thrive under Geno Smith, and completely sputter with Wilson in command.

  297. Trevor says:

    Lucas has had a great game run blocking. The Right side of the OL has been money in the run game.

  298. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Lil jump for joy from DJ

  299. Trevor says:

    That’s how you close out a football game!

  300. Bmseattle says:

    Breece Hall looking like a season ender.
    Running Backs just get hurt…really sucks

  301. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    This was the first impressive win of the season. D never looked as awful as they’re capable of and the offense put on a clinic. Well done to the players and the schemes this week.

  302. Trevor says:

    When this season started and you looked at the schedule I wonder how many people had a trip to LA to face Herbert and the Chargers on the road as a W? I know I sure as hell didn’t.

  303. Sea Mode says:

    Too bad, would have been another one to hang up in the museum from Geno

  304. Bmseattle says:

    Any guesses on what our record would be this year with Russ?

  305. HOUSE says:

    I haven’t seen the snap count yet, but Curhan played those last few drives at RG. Something to look at in the future. I know we’ve talked about Waldron converting Tackles to play Guard and Curhan fits the bill (frame-wise and size) to guys that made that transition for the Rams

  306. Big Mike says:

    Isn’t Michael Jackson just someone else’s cast off? I mean he can play. Hes not Woolen but he can play.
    Pete can really coach corners

    • HOUSE says:

      Spot on. The guy is like 25 years old and has been in the league since 2019. He’s bounced around a couple teams and is looking like a DJ Reed-lite

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      He should spend a half hour a day catching footballs. He was defending and tackling well today.

  307. DriveByPoster says:

    Well that was a genuine pleasure to watch. Go ‘hawks!

  308. Kyle R says:

    A big win and now the 6th overall pick from Denver!

  309. Chris says:

    It appears Pete can get the most out of qbs as well

    • SEAhemoth82 says:

      Can’t forget about Waldron. It’s a nice to see that his offensive scheme has been somewhat vindicated after 7 games.

  310. Matthew says:

    Remembering when jettisoning PC in favor of Wilson was a discussion? Absurdity.

  311. Palatypus says:

    As you all have probably heard a hundred times today, it is national tight-end day.

    I think I will celebrate by watching that scene in Top Gun: Maverick when Jennifer Connelly makes that slow walk to her house and leaves the door open.

    Over…and over…and over…