This is a legit reason. Have you seen the Seahawks? They're 23-4 in their last 27 games!!
Until something derails them, this is the best football team in the world. They may not be the best at everything, but they're the best at some things and strong enough to impose their will. They're also the most efficient NFL team I think I've ever seen.
"Taking advantage of the mistakes they make" is a way to beat every team in the league except this one. They don't make mistakes.
Matchup Nightmares (Offense)
If you would have asked me a week ago to list the strengths of the Chargers offense, I would have said:
- Keenan Allen
- Offensive Line/Running Game
- Tight Ends
- Danny Woodhead
and then a whole bunch underneath that (Philip Rivers is not included because he's more of a maestro than a playmaker).
Looking at the Seahawks defense, they have a CB that can cover Keenan Allen one-on-one, a front-seven that can destroy San Diego's already gimpy offensive line, safeties that can defend the Chargers TEs one-on-one, and LBs that might be able to run with Danny Woodhead.
Simply put, the usual mismatches that the Chargers can put on the field when on offense won't be mismatches against Seattle.
Matchup Nightmares (Defense)
Here's where you start vomiting.
The Chargers front-seven is not good enough to beat Seattle's offensive line when they're run blocking. There will need to be a lot of run-blitzing if San Diego hopes to slow down Marshawn Lynch. However, that leads to play-action, which Russell Wilson does better than anyone in the league.
Seattle may not have a ton of prolific WRs, but they run this gameplan to perfection. They run and run until the defense run-blitzes, and then they take advantage with chunks of yards down the field or with Wilson beating the run-blitz by himself with his legs.
The only way to beat Seattle is to get a consistent pass-rush on Wilson that can actually get home and get him down. The problem is that never happens. He never stands still long enough for someone to grab him, and he has so many options that he is never forced into making a mistake.
San Diego will likely assign a "spy" to Wilson, but if it's a LB then it won't matter. He's faster, quicker, and smarter than nearly every LB in the league. If it's a DB, then we're likely hurting our coverage downfield and he'll simply take advantage that way. If Pagano hopes to battle Seattle with zone coverage to keep passes short, Seattle will simply run the ball for 5-6 yards per carry.
To put it succinctly, the only way to stop the Seahawks offense is with a dominant performance from your defensive front-seven. Anyone else struggling with the idea that Sean Lissemore, Kendall Reyes, Manti Te'o and Melvin Ingram can dominant one of the better offensive lines in the NFL?