Two west coast teams will square off in the late night NFL preseason week contest as the Seattle Seahawks travels down north to face the San Diego Chargers in an exhibition pro football game on Thursday night.
Kick off time from San Diego is set for 10PM Eastern Time with live national television coverage provided only by the Seattle and San Diego home markets.
The betting odds from this NFL preseason pro football game have the road side Seattle Seahawks favored by -2 points with an over under line of 35 ½ points. Seattle Seahawks money line bettors will lay -130 odds with the home underdog San Diego Chargers returning +110 odds to post the outright win with no need for taking the points.
In the first game of the preseason starters see limited time on the field as coaches are evaluating their full roster as jobs can be won in reserve roles. Russell Wilson returns under center for his sophomore campaign. Wilson will play a series or two. Competing for the backup role are NFL veteran starters in Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn.
Seattle has just three running backs on their current roster in Marshawn Lynch, second year man Derrick Coleman and rookie Christine Michael. Fullbacks Michael Robinson and rookie Spencer Ware from LSU will see action. Seattle was an outstanding defense in 2012 by allowing just 16 points and 306 yards per game. The team took a hit with hip surgery required for wide out Percy Harvin who is scheduled to be out up until the end of November.
Veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers returns under center for San Diego and figures to see limited work on Thursday night. The Chargers quarterbacks on the roster competing for the backup role are veteran Charlie Whitehurst and Nathan Enderle with rookie Brad Sorensen out of Southern Utah.
Starting running back Ryan Mathews will see light work. He has suffered injuries throughout his career with the Chargers. San Diego added former Patriot Danny Woodhead at running back and also competing for carries will be veteran Ronnie Brown and youngsters Edwin Baker, Fozzy Whitaker and rookie Michael Hill. The Chargers defense was respectable a season ago as they allowed 327 yards per game and 3.8 yards per rush attempt a season ago. Head coach Mike McCoy makes his debut for San Diego on Thursday and was the former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator.