Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Friday, November 2 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks vs Chargers Preview
A Seahawks defense that ranks in the Top 5 in several key statistical categories faces one of its toughest challenges yet this season when Philip Rivers and the Chargers come to the Pacific Northwest for a Week 9 matchup at Seattle's CenturyLink Field. The quarterback leads a Los Angeles offense that's averaging a potent 402.7 yards and 27.9 points per game, with Rivers completing an efficient 69.1 percent of his passes for 2,008 yards and 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Ahead of this week's matchup, NFL.com uses Next Gen Stats to preview the tilt between the Chargers' potent passing attack and Seattle's stingy defense. Here's some Next-Gen numbers that could influence the outcome of Sunday's game:
As the Chargers continue their rise to prominence in Southern California, one of their hallmarks has been Philip Rivers' ability to find success with long passes. Rivers ranks fifth in the NFL with a 127.1 passer rating on deep passes (20-plus air yards) and has been pressured on just 16 percent of such attempts, third-lowest in the NFL among 34 qualifying quarterbacks. Tedric Thompson and Seattle bring one of the league's top deep-pass defenses to this Week 9 meeting, allowing only one touchdown on deep passes all season (best in the NFL). They've also allowed just five completions (tied for second-best in the NFL), and a paltry passer rating of 61.9 (third in the NFL) on such attempts. Might Rivers see a setback in the deep-passing game in the Pacific Northwest?
Social Post Of The Day
Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who wishes 12s a happy 'Blue Friday' from his office at team headquarters.
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Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times analyzes how Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been better in 2018 than he was last season.
Mike Vorel at the Seattle Times outlines how the Seahawks grabbed two seventh-round steals in running back Chris Carson and wide receiver David Moore.
Eric Williams at ESPN.com previews a homecoming of sorts for former Seahawks turned Chargers Russell Okung and Brandon Mebane.
Brady Henderson at ESPN.com says the Seahawks' reset is on schedule but a tough November schedule awaits.
NFL.com slots Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson just outside the Top 10 in its latest QB Index.
And NFL.com projects a big second half of the season for Seahawks running back Chris Carson.