- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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SEATTLE -- Thoughts on the Seahawks' 27-20 win over the Chargers on Sunday:
What it means: The Seattle Seahawks look like they'll be tough at home this season. That makes them a threat to win the NFC West title given how unsettled the division appears heading into Week 4. Winning six or seven games at home seems plausible after victories over the San Francisco 49ers and, now, the Chargers (even though San Diego had 500-plus yards). If Seattle wins that many at home, why can't the team win a couple road games to get into that .500 range? Week 4 could tell us whether that might happen (Seattle visits St. Louis).
Big Revelation: Leon Washington must be all the way back from that devastating leg injury he suffered with the New York Jets last season. Washington's 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half gave Seattle a 17-0 lead. His 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown broke a 20-20 tie with 6:24 remaining in regulation. Washington nearly had another scoring chance on a return, but he slipped while cutting to make the last defender miss. Acquiring Washington from the Jets is looking like one of the better personnel moves in the NFL this season, at least after this game.
Strong draft in here: The Seahawks got key contributions from members of their 2010 draft class. Kam Chancellor forced a fumble during a kickoff return. Dexter Davis recovered. Earl Thomas picked off two passes, including one to secure the outcome. Golden Tate was strong on punt returns. He also factored into the game plan as a receiver. Getting first-rounder Russell Okung back from an ankle injury will only strengthen this class.
Hindsight: The Seahawks weren't concerned about cornerback depth when they traded Josh Wilson to Baltimore. The move reflected the Seahawks' thought that they would not re-sign him once his contract expired after the 2010 season. The move made sense from a long-term planning standpoint, particularly Roy Lewis and rookie Walter Thurmond impressing. But it was also arguably a premature move that unnecessarily weakened depth in the short term. Starter Marcus Trufant suffered an ankle injury in the second half Sunday. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had an easier time finding receivers immediately after Trufant departed (Trufant gave up a deep pass on the play in which he was injured, but overall he has played at a high level this season).
Critical Call: What was Pete Carroll thinking when he let the game clock run out before halftime with Seattle at the San Diego 2? The Seahawks went with a quarterback keeper on third-and-1 from the 2 with no timeouts and 19 seconds left when the previous play ended.
What's next: The Seahawks visit St. Louis in Week 4.