The Seahawks came off the huge win against the 49ers facing the 0-2 struggling Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars were given 19.5 points and this game had all the makings of a trap game with Seahawks having to travel to Houston the following week. The Seahawks didn’t seem to be looking ahead as they came out of the gate to take a 31-0 lead in the early part of the 3rd Quarter. The Seahawks finished the Jaguars off with a final score of 45-17. The Jaguars never gave up but the Seahawks were able to get valuable playing time for their backups which can definitely help later in the season.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Offense started the game off with a three and out before rattling off 24 points in the 1st half. Russell Wilson and the Offense had a 34 second drive down the field before half that resulted in a Touchdown. Wilson had 4 Touchdowns in the game on 14 of 21 passing for 202 yards and 1 interception. Wilson left the game with more than 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd Quarter and was replaced by Tarvaris Jackson who threw 1 Touchdown on 7 of 8 passing for 129 yards. Jackson much like in the Pre-Season seemed to have a great grasp on the offense and looked strong throwing the ball down the field which was something he struggled with in his first stint in Seattle in 2011.
Running Backs: B+
Marshawn Lynch started the game off strong, he had 54 yards rushing in the 1st Quarter which was all the Seahawks needed to start employing their play action pass which they used consistently the rest of the game. Lynch finished the game with a bruising 69 yards rushing on 17 carries. Lynch was replaced by Robert Turbin and eventually Christine Michael got to run the ball for the first time and he again showed how explosive he can be with the ball in his hand rushing for 37 yards on 9 carries.
Wide Receivers: A
The Seahawks Receivers had a strong game, they didn’t seem to create a whole lot of separation but the Quarterbacks regularly put the ball in the right spots for them to go up and make plays. Golden Tate led all Seahawks receivers with 88 receiving yards on 5 catches while adding 2 rushes for 29 yards. Sidney Rice added 79 yards on 5 receptions while hauling in 2 Touchdowns. Wilson hit Zach Miller in the corner of the Endzone twice. Luke Willson started showing what the Seahawks have been seeing in practice as he hauled in 5 catches for 76 yards. Doug Baldwin had the catch of the game as he laid out for a one handed catch as he slid into the Endzone untouched. The Seahawks did a great job of spreading the ball around to their Receivers throughout the game.
Offensive Line: B+
The Offensive line only allowed two sacks which is saying a lot after the Seahawks placed Russell Okung on the IR until week 11. Wilson was under pressure at times but for the most part he was able to escape the pressure and not take too many sacks. The Offensive line created huge holes for Lynch to run through in the 1st Quarter and the success of the running game opened up the passing game. Overall the line did its part especially when it came to limiting the penalties which was nice to see after the struggles in the previous two games this season.
Defensive Line: A
The Defensive line created havoc for the Jaguars; this group seems to get stronger every week as Chris Clemons returned from his ACL tear. Michael Bennett continues to impress with consistent push off the line, he also had 1.5 sacks while making 3 tackles and putting 4 hits on the Quarterback. Last year this team lacked in Quarterback pressure thus making it an offseason emphasis and so far that effort is paying off. Another new comer to the Seahawks Defensive line is Tony Mcdaniel who had 6 tackles while filling in gaps and stuffing the run. The Seahawks only allowed 2.1 yards per rush forcing the Jaguars to throw the ball into the Legion of Booms area of operation.
The Linbackers had a solid day as Bobby Wagner led all Seahawks with 9 tackles 1 of which was a tackle for a loss. He also had one of the plays of the day as he tipped a pass and then made a diving interception to end a Jaguars drive. Once the Seahawks had the big lead they put a few backups in one of which was John Lotuleli who had 3 tackles although he seemed to be late to fill a gap one the Jaguars late Touchdown run.
The Secondary again had a big day, as they were able to field their whole unit when Brandon Browner returned from injury after missing the first two games of the year. Earl Thomas had 7 tackles while flying all over the field. Richard Sherman again shut his man down the whole game with a solid performance while once again barely missing a huge interception in the back of the Endzone. The Seahawks did have a huge blown coverage in the 3rd Quarter although it appeared to be a Linebacker that missed his assignment on the play.
Special Teams: B+
The Seahawks special teams again had a solid game, no huge plays on either side but they stepped on the field and did their job. Steven Hauschka still has not missed a field goal attempt on the season as he nailed a short 21 yard try and he also hit all 6 of his extra point tries. Jon Ryan punted he ball 4 times pinning the Jaguars back inside the 20 yard line once and he also had a long 54 yard punt as well.
The Seahawks came into the Jaguars game as huge favorites and along with getting the win they had a few things on their agenda that they needed to work on throughout the game. The Seahawks were able to accomplish most of their goals in this game as they finally had the offense working in rhythm as they moved up and down the field with regular ease. Another big accomplishment in this game was limiting the penalties as they have regularly shot down drives before they could even getting going in the early part of the season. The Seahawks still have not taken an opening possession down the field for a statement Touchdown and that is one thing that must happen in the near future. All and all this was a huge win for the Seahawks before they have to travel to Houston to play the Texans next Sunday night.
After defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in Seattle, the Seahawks improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006. Their next three games will be against the other three teams in the AFC South.
So who has the best chance to beat them? Or will Seattle be 6-0 at the end of Week 6? Here is a quick synopsis of what the Seahawks will be going up against.
Week 4: @ Houston Texans (2-1)
The Seahawks’ next opponent will be the Texans, who started the season 2-0 but were dismantled in Week 3 by the Baltimore Ravens. The Houston offense, which is normally consistent, managed just nine points and were shut out in the second half.
What could hurt the Seahawks:
Houston has a really good secondary. The Texans’ defense has allowed just 157.7 passing yards a game, second-best in the NFL. Who is No. 1? The Seahawks. Russell Wilson has played well through three games this season, but perhaps his biggest test this year will be against this Texans secondary on the road.
What could help the Seahawks:
The Texans have not been a dominant team this year. They beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 1 but had to come back from a 21-point deficit to get the win. The next week, it took them part of an overtime period to beat the Tennessee Titans — in Houston. And last week they were outplayed by the defending Super Bowl champs. If the Seahawks get things going early, Houston will be forced to play catch up as it has all year, and the Seahawks are a very difficult team to catch up to.
Week 5: @ Indianapolis Colts (2-1)
The Colts stunned the football nation by not just upsetting, but demolishing the 49ers in San Francisco. They had nearly 100 more total yards and held possession for 13 minutes more than the 49ers did. The result was a 27-7 victory for Indianapolis after a tough loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.
What could hurt the Seahawks:
What happens when you acquire Trent Richardson? Your run game improves dramatically. The Colts ran for 179 yards against the 49ers and average 146.3 yards per game on the ground this year, good for fourth in the NFL. Combine Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw and this team is stellar in the backfield. Containing the run has been one of the few weak spots for the Seahawks this year so if they fail to stop the run early, it could be a long day for the defensive line.
What could help the Seahawks:
The Colts rush defense is one of the worst in the NFL, allowing 129 yards per game. That’s good news for Marshawn Lynch and company. If the Hawks can get the run game going, it will take some pressure off of Russell Wilson to make big plays with his arm. What happens when two decent (but not great) run defenses oppose really good running backs? We will find out in Week 5.
Week 6: Tennessee Titans (2-1)
The Titans will wrap up the Seahawks tour of the AFC South in 2013. They have played well but, like the Texans, haven’t dominated in their games. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-9, in Week 1 before losing to Houston in overtime and coming from behind to beat the San Diego Chargers by a field goal in Week 3.
What could hurt the Seahawks:
The Seahawks have two tough road tests right before this game and could face fatigue returning to Seattle. If the Titans do any sort of damage early, the Seahawks will be forced to play catch up.
What could help the Seahawks:
The Titans are ranked 29th in passing yards per game with 176. The Seahawks secondary should have no problem with that and could have a big day. The Seahawks will also be looking to extend their home-winning streak to 11 games and this will be their first opportunity to do so after two weeks on the road. In reality, any game at CenturyLink Field will help give the Seahawks an unprecedented advantage.
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Russell Wilson threw for over 200 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Seahawks to their 10th consecutive win at CenturyLink Field in a 45-17 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
The Seahawks, who were 19.5-point favorites coming into the game, raced to a 24-0 lead at halftime and, at one point in the third quarter, led 31-0.
The first two scores of the game were touchdown connections from Wilson to Zach Miller — one in the first quarter and one in the second. They would end up being Miller’s only catches of the day.
On the Seahawks next possession, Steven Hauschka kicked a 21-yard field goal to give Seattle a 17-0 lead. The Seahawks scored again with 14 seconds left in the half, an 11-yard pass from Wilson to Sidney Rice, his first touchdown grab of the season.
In the third quarter, Rice caught his second touchdown, giving the Seahawks a 31-0 lead. Rice finished the game with 5 catches for 79 yards.
The Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew put Jacksonville on the board later in the quarter, rushing for his only touchdown of the game after the Jaguars intercepted a pass from Wilson deep in Seattle territory. Jones-Drew finished with just 43 yards, averaging 2.3 yards per run on 19 attempts.
Tarvaris Jackson replaced Wilson late in the third quarter and was effective. He went 7 of 8 for 129 yards and a touchdown after throwing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:36 left in the quarter to give the Seahawks a 38-7 lead.
The Jaguars countered that drive with a 65-yard drive of their own, concluding with a 33-yard field goal from Josh Scobee. In the fourth, the Jaguars made it a 38-17 game following a Jordan Todman 3-yard touchdown run.
Jackson put the icing on the cake minutes later, rushing for a 5-yard touchdown that would prove to be the last score of the game, giving the Seahawks a 45-17 win at home.
A bright spot for Jacksonville was Cecil Shorts, who caught 8 passes for 143 yards. The Jaguars, however, only rushed for 51 total yards and turned the ball over four times.
Marshawn Lynch rushed 17 times for 69 yards while Golden Tate led Seattle receivers with 5 catches for 88 yards.
The Seahawks improved to 3-0 on the year and were the only team in their division to win on Sunday. The other teams in the NFC West –the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers — are now 1-2 this season.
Seattle will travel to Houston (2-1) next week to take on the Texans, who lost to the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday, 30-9.
After dismantling the San Francisco 49ers in front of a national audience, many believe the Seahawks (2-0) may be the new team to beat in the NFC — if not the NFL.
NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison explained that beating their biggest rival on a national stage and having exceptional defense has catapulted the Seahawks to No. 1:
While it’s scary to think that this defense will still be adding [Chris] Clemons and [Bruce] Irvin, the Richard Sherman-led secondary is so doggone good, I’m not sure their absence even matters.
Last week, the NFL.com Power Rankings had Seattle at No. 3, behind the Denver Broncos (2-0) at No. 2 and the 49ers (1-1) in the top spot. This week, the Seahawks and Niners flip-flopped so that the top three are the Seahawks, Broncos and 49ers, respectively.
ESPN also had the 49ers at the No. 1 spot last week, but with the Seahawks a close No. 2. After Sunday night’s game, the Hawks moved to No. 1, the Broncos took the No. 2 spot and the 49ers came in at No. 3.
The Seahawks have every opportunity to stay in the No. 1 spot next week as well with the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) coming to CenturyLink Field this Sunday. ESPN agrees and had this to say about the Seahawks being No. 1:
The Seahawks have allowed a league-low 10 points this season against offenses led by Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. Hosting the Jaguars Sunday might get ugly.
The Seahawks are 19.5-point favorites against the Jaguars, one of the largest spreads in NFL history, according to CBS Seattle.
Both ESPN and NFL.com have the Jaguars at No. 32 in their Power Rankings.
NFL.com mentioned that the Jaguars have lost 14 of their last 15 games while ESPN noted that they have scored a league-worst 11 points thus far and wondered this:
If the 49ers managed three points against Seattle, what will Jacksonville do?
Good question, ESPN. Good question.
It was announced to day that former Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant has reunited with former Seattle defensive coordinator in Jacksonville.
The Seahawks originally selected Trufant with the 11th overall pick out of Washington State way back in 2003.
Trufant has always been a favorite player of mine. Part of that is because he’s a Coug, but mostly it’s because he’s always been a great teammate in Seattle. I can remember Trufant working with Richard Sherman back in 2011 training camp, helping Sherman fix some of the technique flaws that plagued him in college.
Trufant had to realize that by helping Sherman, that he was potentially costing himself his own job down the road, but that didn’t stop him. That kind of selfless act is just too rare in today’s NFL.
Trufant’s best days as a player are behind him, but he showed in 2012 that he might not be done as a contributor in the NFL. His +1.9 rating by Pro Football Focus demonstrates this, but it also shows that Trufant is far from being an elite CB now.
Trufant was mis-cast as a slot corner in 2012 with the Seahawks. The back injuries that have plague his career have also sapped some of his agility. At this point in his career, Trufant needs to have a boundary on the outside to help him. He simply didn’t have the quickness necessary to play inside.
I’m not exactly sure what role Trufant plays with the Jaguars. Perhaps he’s just a veteran camp presence who’s there to help the other defensive backs learn the system. I just hope he gets a chance to make the roster. He’s a good guy, and I’ll miss watching him play if this is the end for him.
Gus Bradley was going to be an NFL head coach. It was only a matter or time. If it didn’t happen this offseason, it almost certainly was going to happen next year.
On top of being a good coach, Bradley is also a very charismatic person. He was going to “win” any interview he was given. He’s the type of guy who makes these decisions very easy on the owner and and GM.
He does inherit a mess down in Florida. They have no QB and little in the way of offensive talent. Blaine Gabbert was a bust, and the Jags now need ner answers. There are a few pieces, but that team isn’t close to competing.
Replacement possibilities for Seattle are many Dan Quinn is the name that jumps out right away if the team looks outside the organization. Internal options would be Rocky Seto and Ken Norton Jr. Also don’t be surprised if Carroll brings in someone completely unexpected. Carroll isn’t afraid to bring in guys who he’s never worked with before to bring in fresh idea, like he did with Darrell Bevell.
I’m curious to see if Bradley takes any coaches with him to help form his staff. If the Seahawks hire Quinn or someone from outside the org as their new DC, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Seto go with Bradley to become Bradley’s DC.