The NFC West is up for grabs, as the 3-3 Seahawks hit the road to face the Los Angeles Chargers. Here are five things to know about Seattle's Week 7 opponent:
Justin Herbert: The Harder They Fall
Third-year Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert continues to blossom into one of the league's best under center. Through six games, Herbert ranks fourth in passing yards (1,716), 11thin completion percentage (66.1) and tied for sixth in passing touchdowns (10).
But Herbert's arm isn't the only worry for Seattle heading into Week 7's matchup - his legs are also a factor. Herbert is barely averaging a yard per carry on the ground, but he's managed to be sacked just seven times.
Seattle will be tasked with bringing down the 6-foot-6 multi-sport athlete that also starred as a pitcher for the Oregon Ducks.
Austin Ekeler: All Hands on Deck
Chargers sixth-year running back Austin Ekeler is one of the league's best triumph stories—from undrafted out of Western Colorado to the focal point of the Bolts offense. Seattle can count on Ekeler touching the ball plenty - from carries to targets as a receiver.
Over the last two games, Ekeler has 308 all-purpose yards for five touchdowns, averaging over 4 yards per carry on the ground and six yards per catch.
Despite a terrific showing in Seattle's 19-9 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks defense will have to prove it can sustain. Wrapping up the league's best player after the catch is a big step in doing just that.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
Believe it or not, there's more than one 6-4 guy doing big things on the field aside from Seahawks rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen. Chargers wideout Mike Williams could potentially see Woolen in front of him plenty in Week 7. Seattle hopes that Woolen and the secondary will prevent Williams from having his fourth 100-plus yard game of the season.
The big, physical wideout provides a different type of matchup for Woolen and the Seahawks, who will look to prevent Williams from being a factor.
Despite the loss of pass rusher Joey Bosa to injury, the Los Angeles Chargers still have one of the league's premier defensive players on the opposite edge. University of Buffalo alum Khalil Mack is in his ninth year and is aging like fine wine. Over his last 13 games, Mack has accumulated 12 sacks. The first-year Charger will be another test for Seattle's young and hobbled offensive line.
Gerald Everett vs. His Former Team
Former Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett welcomes his old team to Los Angeles, after spending 2021 in Seattle. In 15 games, Everett put up a career-high 478 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Now, Everett is off to a hot start for the Chargers, with 22 receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Seattle's improving defense will get another chance to show its progress against Los Angeles' high-powered offense and its playmaking tight end.
Chargers Injury Report
Hamstring injuries have hampered Chargers star wideout Keenan Allen through 2022, as he was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. The five-time 1,000-yard receiver has played in just one contest this season.
A groin injury has sent Chargers star edge rusher Joey Bosa to the IR, a major blow to the pass rush. Offensive linemen Will Clapp (quad) and Zion Johnson (ankle) are working through injuries and should be players to watch as Seattle looks to find a way to get to Justin Herbert.
The Seahawks face the Chargers at SoFi Stadium for Week 7 of the 2022 season. Take a look back at photos from the past games between the two teams.