Seahawks beat Jaguars 45-17
The score seems like a pretty decisive victory but to be honest the game was not even that close. After jumping out to a two touchdown lead by early in the second quarter the Seahawks played a fairly vanilla game, both offensively and defensively.
Zach Miller‘s first touchdown of two in the game was anything but vanilla. When Zach threw what appeared to be a typical Seahawks chop block everyone, including myself, thought he was nothing more than a blocker on the play.
The way he popped back up to his feet and became wide open in the end zone was completely by design, hats off to Darrell Bevell for the design and call.
That play will set up plays in the future
Teams will see what Miller did on film which will cause the outside rusher to hesitate before they crash down on the line. In situations where the Seahawks only need little yardage any hesitation can be the difference in a positive outcome versus a negative one.
It was evident early on that the Seahawks intended to win the game but Pete Carroll and his team had no intentions on embarrassing their former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Despite the loss Jacksonville can hang their hat on the fact that they scored 7 more points against the Seahawks defense than the Panthers and 49ers did combined. Quarterback Chad Henne threw for twice as many yards than Colin Kaepernick did last week and nearly twice as many as Cam Newton had against the Legion of Boom in week 1.
Offensively the Seahawks seemed to be able to move the ball at will gaining a season high 479 yards of total offense.
Wilson after a punter?
Russell Wilson tied a career high with 4 touchdown passes in less than 3 quarters of work Sunday. Unfortunately he threw a pass slightly behind Golden Tate and the pass bounced off his hand leading to Wilson’s second interception in as many games.
A play that really bothered me was when Russell was trying to avoid pressure when he was sacked from behind by Jonathan Cyprien. Cyprien went directly for the strip of the ball. This season I have noticed a lot of chasing defenders swatting at the ball while chasing Wilson.
One of the biggest knocks I have on Russell is that he tends to leave the ball exposed as he tries to escape pressure. The more often defenders are able to knock the ball loose the more opposing defensive coordinators will tell their team to go after the strip.
All Jackson did was complete seven of eight passing attempts for 129-yards and a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin that could not have been a better placed pass nor could it have been a better catch by an outstretched receiver.
Oh, did I mention Tarvaris Jackson had a perfect rating of 158.3?
Christine Michael had his first career rushing attempt and finished the game with 9 carries for 37 yards. Fellow rookie Luke Willson caught his first career pass and ended the afternoon with 5 receptions for 76 yards and now leads all Seahawks tight ends in yards receiving.
For the second straight week Kam Chancellor intercepted a pass when he read Jaguars’ quarterback Chad Henne’s eyes and stepped right in front of the receiver.
Joining Chancellor with an interception was Bobby Wagner.
Bobby picked up his first interception of the season after finishing his rookie season last year with 3 and adding another in a playoff loss to the Falcons.
Michael Bennett continued to get a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks finishing the game with 1.5 sacks and 4 quarterback hits. Clinton McDonald also had 1.5 sacks and a couple of quarterback hits.
Today was more about the Seahawks offense than the defense, even-though the defense only gave up 265 yards. Most defenses would consider that an accomplishment but in three games this season it was the most the defense has given up.
I have to believe that was in part due to Gus Bradley’s knowledge of the Seahawks defense.
Bradley has the least talented offense they have seen this year. Adding to it was the fact that the Seahawks played as many backups as they could for the final quarter of play.
I would like to end this piece by complimenting the entire team on only having 4 penalties for 24 yards. Clinton McDonald and Richard Sherman deserve an extra pat on the back for pulling Bobby Wagner away from separate scuffles where he could have picked up a personal foul if left to his own devises.
3-0 sounds real good!