Offense clicks early, and defense forces key turnovers as Seattle routs Los Angeles Chargers

The word out of training camp was that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was in fine form.

And, in the Seahawks' NFL exhibition opener on Sunday night, Wilson had plenty of support.SEAHAWKS RECAP

Wilson led the Hawks to a field goal in his one drive, and the defense and second-team offense did the rest in a 48-17 rout of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Seattle rang up 459 yards on offense, with backup QB Trevone Boykin passing for 189 yards.

The Seahawks' defense was back to its menacing ways, with the second unit forcing three turnovers in aggressive fashion after the offense had scored 34 first-half points for a 17-point lead.

The Chargers got an early touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates, and backup Kellen Clemens, the veteran from the University of Oregon, had a 74-yard TD connection with Travis Benjamin, but otherwise it was a long night for the team that has moved from San Diego

and drew 21,054 in its first appearance at StubHub Center.

Clemens had two deflected passes picked off. Linebacker Terence Garvin returned the first interception for a touchdown.

Also, a botched handoff by Clemens set up a one-play, one-yard touchdown drive by Seattle.

The Chargers will play three seasons in the near 30,000-capacity Carson, California home of the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Seahawks' four-game preseason continues at 7 p.m. Friday with the home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

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