Seahawks' new RB tandem faces Chargers' stingy defense

Gary Horton knows what to pay attention to during the Seahawks-Chargers preseason game.

Originally Published: August 20, 2008
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
This week's "Monday Night Football" game (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET) features the Seahawks on the road versus the Chargers. Scouts Inc. has all the preseason story lines to keep an eye on in this matchup.

Kicking battle
The Seahawks have a place-kicking competition between rookie Brandon Coutu and veteran Olindo Mare. Coutu has a strong leg and he is probably better on kickoffs, but he is unproven in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if the Seahawks take a chance on him or stick with the veteran.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.