Although Philip Rivers has only faced the Seattle Seahawks

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three times in games that count Color Rush Keenan Allen Jersey , he knows nearly everything about their defense because of Gus Bradley.Rivers used that know-how to get the Los Angeles Chargers off to a strong start in their first victory of the preseason.Melvin Gordon rushed for a short touchdown to cap a strong 70-yard opening drive by the Bolts' first-teamers, and Rivers went 6 of 7 for 62 yards in Los Angeles' 24-14 preseason victory over the Seahawks on Saturday night.Rivers played only two series in his first action of the preseason, but he had six consecutive completions. He also made a few plays by capably eluding the Seattle rush and connecting with strong throws on the run.None of it surprised Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Bradley, the Chargers' defensive coordinator, ran Carroll's defense in Seattle for four years, and Los Angeles' scheme is awfully similar."Philip had us a couple of times," Carroll said. "He knew what he was going against, and he did a great job. He plays against our defense every day (in practice)."Russell Wilson was 13 of 21 for 193 yards while playing the entire first half for the Seahawks (0-2). His offense was limited to two field goals by execution mistakes in the red zone, and Wilson was repeatedly flushed from the pocket by Melvin Ingram while the Chargers' destructive pass rusher had an outstanding first half.David Moore made the Seahawks' biggest play of the first half, hauling in a 52-yard catch between two Chargers downfield. Seattle could have kept it closer, but Chris Carson had a touchdown run waved off by a penalty and later fumbled at the goal line in the first half."In the red zone in particular, we've got to stay on schedule," Wilson said. "That's the lesson we learned from tonight Youth Russell Okung Jersey , but the great thing was really the score should have been 21-7 pretty early. First three drives, we get three touchdown opportunities, and that's what we look for. We go to the truth of what we did and where we can get better."JJ Jones returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown late in the first half, and Mike Williams caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith in the second half of the Chargers' preseason home opener in their second season at compact StubHub Center. Coach Anthony Lynn was infuriated by 14 penalties, but otherwise pleased."Classic example of bend-but-don't-break defense," Lynn said. "They didn't let them in the end zone, and that's the most important thing."Smith then made a strong argument for the Chargers' backup job, going 6 of 8 for 85 yards. His TD pass came on an eye-opening catch by Williams, who jumped over Seattle cornerback Akeem King and hauled in the first score of his NFL career for a 21-6 lead.Seahawks rookie Alex McGough led a solid drive in the final minutes, hitting Malik Turner with a 12-yard touchdown pass.Robert Aguayo hit a 39-yard field goal with 40 seconds left, boosting his bid to win the Chargers' kicking job.BIG MIKEWilliams was the seventh overall pick in last year's draft, but the Clemson product's career got off to a slow start because of injuries. He is healthy and eager to become a force in the Chargers' already bulging receiving corps alongside Pro Bowler Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams."It's good to see Mike take the drill to the field Youth Dan Feeney Jersey ," Lynn said. "He's playing with a lot of confidence right now."KICKING INJones made another argument for a spot on the regular-season roster with a spectacular burst through the heart of the Seahawks' punt coverage team on the way to a score. The undrafted free agent from West Georgia has turned heads throughout camp."That was a backbreaker, and the difference in the game," Carroll said.INJURIESSeahawks: RG D.J. Fluker dislocated his finger, but Carroll doesn't think it's serious: "He's an offensive lineman. I think he can handle that."Chargers: S Jaylen Watkins started, but was helped off the field late in the first half with a right knee injury. Ingram fell on his teammate on the play, and Watkins couldn't put weight on his leg. He will have an MRI exam Sunday, Lynn said.ANTHEM UPDATEChargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the national anthem. Three Seahawks stayed off the field during the anthem for the second consecutive week: offensive tackle Duane Brown, defensive end Branden Jackson and defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson.UP NEXTSeahawks: At the Minnesota Vikings on Aug. 24.Chargers: Host the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 25.Los Angeles Chargers One Signing Away From Contention The Los Angeles Chargers have made headlines over the past few days. Both NFL executives and the mainstream media have boasted about the Chargers talented roster. However, the organization needs to make one more splash in free agency to become a true threat in the AFC.Former Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins could put the Chargers defense over the top. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway believes Los Angeles is the team to beat in the vaunted AFC West. While radio personality Colin Cowherd listed the Chargers as the team with the second best roster in all of football. Now, those claims may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but people are starting to take note of the Chargers. The vision of head coach Anthony Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco has caught the attention of the football world. Los Angeles was praised for the selection of Derwin James in the first round and their heavy focus on defense for the following three selections. An offense led by Philip Rivers will always have support behind it as well. The Chargers boast a talented defense, which allowed just 17 points per game, the third best mark in the league. A terrifying pass rush headlined by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram and a secondary which allowed just 197.2 passing yards per game. The offensive side of the ball is just as intimidating. Rivers led a terrific passing attack that led the league in yards per game (276.9). Much of that success can be credited to an improved offensive line that allowed a league-low of 18 sacks. A healthy Keenan Allen and his 102 receptions helped out too.Even with the praise and the clear strengths Los Angeles can hang their hat on , the team has glaring holes. The linebacker unit is paper thin. Denzel Perryman is a force to be reckoned with, but he only suited up in seven games in 2017. Rookies Kyzir White and Uchenna Nwosu are much needed reinforcements, but relying on a pair of rookies to fix a unit that struggled in both the run and pass isn’t ideal for a potential playoff team. The defensive line was also a major problem. Even with Bosa and Ingram, the interior linemen struggled to impose their will in the run game. The group allowed over 130 rushing yards per contest and outside of third-round pick Justin Jones, the Charges have ignored the issue. Enter Johnathan Hankins. The veteran defensive tackle would slide into the Chargers defensive front seamlessly. Hankins accumulated 44 combined tackles and one sack last season and was one of the bright spots in a lackluster Colts defense. Hankins could take the bulk of the snaps on the inside allowing the Chargers to have a strong rotation of lineman alike the elite defenses around the league. Minnesota, Jacksonville, and Philadelphia are successful up front by bringing multiple looks and rotating players in-and-out constantly. A starting defensive line of Bosa, Ingram, Hankins, and Brandon Mebane is stellar. However, throwing Darius Philon, Jones, Damion Square Color Rush Derwin James Jersey , and Corey Liuget into the mix as subs would do wonders. The aforementioned names showed plenty of flashes in 2017, but it was clear they aren’t starter level options. As depth, they would be fresh and able to do more damage against run down offensive lineman.No longer would Gus Bradley have to stay up at night worrying about how to stop the run. Los Angeles has one of, if not, the best secondary in football. The addition of a legitimate defensive tackle will take the pressure off of a vulnerable linebacking corps. Los Angeles’ offense is fine. Rivers has the weapons and if the offensive line can stay healthy, the Chargers will put up plenty of points. Defensively, the Chargers should also be solid. The secondary is among the best in the league and Bosa and Ingram cause problems every week.Still, the Chargers need to take a few more steps to become an elite defense. Hankins could be the difference. The run defense would improve drastically and allow for the strengths of the Los Angeles defense to shine.In the money department, Hankins is a realistic target. Los Angeles has no reason to dish out money to Tre Boston any longer and with over $11 million in cap room according to, there is potential to come to terms. Hankins may cost a pretty penny, but he would be the perfect addition to a Chargers team on the verge of contention in the AFC.

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