Both of these teams reached the early rounds of the NFL play-offs last season, but they will be hoping to go further this time round as they put the finishing touches to their pre-season preparations.
Chargers Hoping to Build on 2018
After a string of hard-luck stories, fortune finally favoured the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018 as they finished with a 12-4 regular season record and reached the Divisional Play-Offs. They were eventually beaten by the Patriots, but overall the season was a success, and with the dependable Philip Rivers still leading the offense, they will be hopeful of going a little further this time round. The Chargers have strengthened defensively with the addition of Nasir Adderley, but there are still concerns about the offensive line, which could ultimately prevent them from progressing.
Seattle Facing Season of Struggle
The fact that Seattle reached the play-offs last season was a surprise given how poorly they performed in some significant areas, particularly pass-protection, which they ranked 30 out of 32 in the NFL. But Russell Wilson was able to paper over the cracks and drag the team to the post season.
Whether Wilson will be able to repeat that achievement is a major question. The retirement of Doug Baldwin robs Wilson of one of his favourite targets, the trading of pass rusher Frank Clark has weakened the defense, and the Seahawks still have a poor offensive line. They will still be strong at home, but they have a tough early season schedule.
Seahawks Favourites in LA
The Seahawks lost their second preseason game against Minnesota last time, and failed to score a touchdown, but kicker Jason Myers was in reliable form and cornerback DeShawn Snead made a big impact with an important interception.
Seattle are rated as 8/11 favourites for this game against a Chargers team that also struggled in their last outing. They were beaten 19-17 at home by the Saints, with running backs Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler making little impact. They might have more success with their running game against Seattle, given that the Seahawks conceded 137 rushing yards against the Vikings, but they are still rated as outsiders by most bookmakers and can be backed at 8/5.