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What can Chargers expect in Pacific Northwest?

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With a decisive 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday evening, the San Diego Chargers gave their fans a little preview of what could be an exciting season to come. That said, keep in mind that it was and is just preseason football.

The Chargers (1-0) look to continue that momentum Friday night when they visit Seattle (0-1) in the Pacific Northwest.

Coming off of a 21-16 loss in Denver last weekend, the Seahawks will look for their first win of the preseason against a team they will face in the regular season, Sept. 14 in San Diego.

So, given the two teams will square off approximately one month from now when it really counts, don't look for either team to show too much in the way of key plays tonight. While the starters on both sides will likely get a fair amount of playing time, neither team will show their full hand with another meeting coming up next month.

Multiple offensive weapons

If last Thursday's win over the Cowboys was any indicator, the Chargers will have a number of weapons at the disposal of quarterback Philip Rivers.

Rookie running back Branden Oliver looked sharp in his Chargers' debut, finishing with 64 yards on the ground (seven carries) and a TD. Throw in the fact that you have Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Donald Brown and Marion Grice (14 carries, 35 yards last week) to also carry the ball, and the Chargers may have the nice problem of too many backs and too few carries available.

Meantime, backup quarterback Kellen Clemens looked good in relieving Rivers after one series.

In all, the former St. Louis Ram finished 5-of-5 for 134 yards passing and a TD. While no Bolt fans want to see Rivers go down, having a veteran like Clemens to back him up should ease some fears.

Defensively, the Chargers gave up an opening score to Dallas, then in essence shut the Cowboy starters and reserves down for the remainder of the evening.

If San Diego can remove secondary problems it has had in recent years, get a viable pass rush going against opposing quarterbacks and avoid long stays on the field (stop teams on third down), then you could have a dangerous team on both sides of the ball.

Last but not least, while it is just a preseason game tonight, those that like to tempt the odds will want to know that the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks enter as a six-point favorite.

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