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2018 Week 9: Seahawks vs Chargers Picks & Predictions

Local and national media predict the outcome of Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season at CenturyLink Field. 

Local and national media predict the outcome of Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season at CenturyLink Field.

Eric Williams, ESPN.com: Seahawks 27, Chargers 24

Williams: The Seahawks have looked like playoff contenders in winning four of their past five games and nearly upsetting the unbeaten Rams. That stretch seems more legitimate considering only one of the victories has come at home. They're back at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, they're as healthy as they've been all season and they're running the ball as well as they have since 2015. The formula that has propelled Seattle since its 0-2 start will be enough against the Chargers.

Brady Henderson, ESPN.com: Chargers 28, Seahawks 24

Henderson: In his past two games against a Pete Carroll-led defense, Philip Rivers has completed 71 percent of his passes for 739 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, so this matchup against an improved but young Seahawks defense could be a good one for the veteran. Working against former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's defense every day in practice should sharpen Rivers' preparation. A healthy Melvin Gordon should also provide balance on offense in a tough environment at Seattle.

Elliot Harrison, NFL.com: Chargers 27, Seahawks 23

Harrison: A lot of people chalked this up as an easy Chargers win back in August. Not so easy now, eh? Most surprising team in the NFL: Seahawks, hands down. Then maybe the Chiefs, because of MVP-to-be(?) Patrick Mahomes. Seattle is a respectable 4-3, something that was predicted by precisely no one. The defense ranks fourth in points per game allowed, also predicted by precisely no one. Meanwhile, the Bolts have dropped just two games, both to top-flight quarterbacks in Mahomes and Jared Goff. That said, their wins have come against Josh Allen, C.J. Beathard, Derek Carr, Baker Mayfield and Marcus Mariota. Meet Russell Wilson, who has played very well this season without taking off out of the pocket much. Where the Chargers are lighting it up: chunk rushing plays. They are getting 10 yards or more on 20 percent of their runs. That's an astronomical figure, and it might be the difference against a team that allows 4.5 yard per carry.

Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 24, Chargers 21

Florio: The Chargers remain destined for great things. They'll just have a tough time dealing with a Seahawks team that is building more and more momentum, and that will have extra emotion for the first home game since the passing of owner Paul Allen. The home team takes what could be a Super Bowl preview.

Michael David-Smith, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 28, Chargers 21

MDS: A good game between two teams in wild card contention in their respective conferences. I like the Seahawks at home.

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Chargers 27, Seahawks 24

Prisco: The Chargers are coming off a bye, but they are facing a hot team, one that is improving by the week. The Seahawks are running the ball and Russell Wilson has been outstanding. But I think Philip Rivers will get the best of this battle. The Chargers will take it.

Jim Moore, 710Sports.com: Seahawks 27, Chargers 20

Moore: We know about the added advantage the Seahawks get from the 12s at CenturyLink Field. It always seems like the pass rush benefits from the crowd noise, and that could be a factor with false starts along with game-long disruption of the Chargers' passing game. Then again, Philip Rivers is making his 200th consecutive start and has seen it all.

More Picks From Around The Web

  • Five of 10 analysts at ESPN.com pick Seattle to win.
  • Four of eight experts at CBSSports.com side with the Seahawks.
  • Three of five writers at USA Today see a Seahawks victory.
  • And three of four sports writers at the Seattle Times select the Seahawks to win.

The Seahawks and the Chargers have faced one another 50 times in the regular season over the years. They will face off in Seattle on Sunday for their 51st meeting.

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