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Reporter Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks’ Week 7 win over Chargers


Oct. 23, 2022 at 7:07 pm Updated Oct. 23, 2022 at 8:20 pm

Bob Condotta 

Seattle Times staff reporter


INGLEWOOD, Calif. — So who could possibly have seen this coming two weeks ago?

When the Seahawks left New Orleans on Oct. 9, losers to a Saints team with a backup quarterback who had just played in London, the season looked dead in the water. Seattle had a defense that seemed impossible to fix and an offense without its leading rusher in Rashaad Penny.

Now here the Seahawks are, winners of two consecutive games against teams that had winning records a year ago and seemed to be ascending — Arizona and the Los Angeles Chargers — only to find themselves dominated by a Seattle team somehow thriving even without Russell Wilson, in first place in the NFC West at 4-3 following the 37-23 victory over Los Angeles.

It might not mean much yet, as player after player said after the game Sunday, but it means something considering the low expectations that greeted Seattle this year.

On to the grades.

Offensive line

Smith was sacked just two times, hit just four and the Seahawks averaged 6.3 yards per carry. That pretty much says it all for the job of the offensive line. But as another example, Khalil Mack, who entered the game with six sacks, had just two tackles and the recovery on the Eskridge fumble in largely being a non-factor as Seattle’s two rookie tackles — Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas — again played well. Center Austin Blythe paved a huge hole for Walker on his 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Grade: A.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or; on Twitter: @bcondotta. Bob Condotta covers the Seahawks for the Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout the year.


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