Seahawks vs. Chargers Betting Guide: Who Will Play Starters the Longest?

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers

  • Spread: Seahawks -3
  • Over/Under: 40.5
  • Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET

The Chargers host the Seahawks in one of six Preseason Week 3 games on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at key storylines and actionable betting takeaways for both teams.

Seattle Seahawks

The Doug Baldwin era is over in Seattle, which paves the way for Tyler Lockett to work as Russell Wilson’s undisputed No. 1 wide receiver for the first time in his career.

The duo was efficient in 2018 (to say the least).

  • Wilson posted a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating when targeting Lockett.
  • Lockett’s average of 13.8 yards per target was the highest mark in the league (minimum 25 targets).
  • Lockett averaged a league-high 3.1 fantasy points per target.
  • Lockett caught 14-of-18 (78%) deep-ball targets, easily surpassing Rashard Higgins (69%) as the league’s most efficient deep-ball receiver (among 69 receivers with 10 such targets).

Overall, Wilson’s average of 10.95 adjusted yards per attempt when targeting Lockett leads all quarterback and No. 1 wide receiver combinations. This combination is #special.

The Seahawks might remain committed to establishing the run in 2019, but there are more than a few big-bodied complements on the outside to complement Lockett’s goodness in the slot.

Seahawks wide receivers…

Tyler Lockett 5'10", 182 lbs, 4.4-second 40-yard dash

Jaron Brown 6'2", 205 lbs, 4.5
DK Metcalf 6'3", 228 lbs, 4.33
David Moore 6'1", 219 lbs, 4.48
Amara Darboh 6'2", 214 lbs, 4.45
Gary Jennings 6'1", 214 lbs, 4.42
Jazz Ferguson 6'5", 227 lbs, 4.45

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 15, 2019

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers and Co. likely won’t see too many snaps.

Expect to see the team’s backfield situation continue to play out. Austin Ekeler is the clear leader out of the clubhouse to this point.

First-team RB snaps for LAC so far this preseason:
Austin Ekeler 25
Justin Jackson 13

— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) August 21, 2019

And why shouldn’t the Chargers trust Ekeler? All he’s done with the ball is pick up yardage at a highly-efficient rate.

Austin Ekeler Since Entering the NFL in 2017

  • Yards per rush: 5.3 (No. 3 among 60 RBs with 150+ rushes)
  • Yards per target: 7.8 (No. 3 among 55 RBs with 50+ targets)
  • Yards per touch: 6.8 (No. 2 among 62 RBs with 200+ touches)

Overall, Ekeler posted 78%, 68% and 95% snap rates last season in three games without Melvin Gordon. Ekeler offers legit ability to thrive as a true receiver.

The Chargers likely have a more talented overall roster, but the Seahawks seem more likely to utilize their starters for an extended period of time in this one.

PICK: Seahawks -3

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