Seahawks keys to success
Lets face it, the Seattle Seahawks are head and shoulders a better team than the Jacksonville Jaguars. That doesn’t mean the Jaguars cannot come up to Seattle and steal a victory in front of the 12th man while ending the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.
Coming off of a decisive win against a team that is one of the best in the league, like the Seahawks did last week, and following it up with a game against one of the worst teams in the league leaves the door wide open for the dreaded “trap game.”
You probably know by now that Richard Sherman has teamed with Peter King to produce a Monday Morning Quarterback article.
This week Sherman wrote about the topic of avoiding a let down performance. Richard gave a glimpse into his thought process and that of his teammates.
Easier said than done . . .
The Seahawks have a great chance to show that they can practice the principles that Sherman preaches in his article. If Seattle can play Seahawks football then the game should be a very decisive victory.
The Jaguars offense is anemic at best
Earlier in the week professional boxing legend Ken Norton passed away. Ken was the father of very well-respected Seahawks linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. and I look for the defense to play inspired football.
That should spell trouble for a team who averages 213 yards per game and has a league low 11 points.
In order to stop the Jaguars passing attack the Seahawks will need to shut down rookie receiver Ace Sanders. While he may not lead the Jaguars in receptions or yardage Jaguar quarterbacks have looked to him for big plays throughout both games.
Jacksonville’s offensive line struggles against the pass rush. They try to combat that by running a lot of screen plays to the receivers and the running backs. I would be looking for a heavy dose of passes underneath coverage during Sunday’s game.
One of the recipients of those passes could be former Seahawk Justin Forsett who has 5 receptions this season. Justin currently wears number 21.
Not a good homecoming game
Other former Seahawks making a return to Seattle are; #24 Will Blackmon, #22 Winston Guy, #53 Kyle Knox and of course former Seahawks defensive coordinator and current Jaguar head coach Gus Bradley.
I see a lot of similarities between the defense of the Jaguars and the Seahawks. Unfortunately for Gus he just doesn’t have the players in place to make it work. They swarm the ball carrier and the second player in is usually looking to strip the ball not tackle.
The Jaguars have a couple of players in their secondary who really stood out to me. Cornerback Alan Ball (#23) flies around the football field making plays. He is willing to take some chances and that is something the Seahawks could exploit.
The most impressive player I saw in the Jacksonville secondary, or defense for that matter, was rookie strong safety John Cyprien (#37). He is a hard-hitting safety who will definitely make receivers pay if they run a route in front of him.
We learned today some good news – bad news. Russell Okung has a torn ligament in his big toe and has been placed on IR/Designated for return which means he will be out until at least week 11.
The injury is not an ideal situation, yet if Okung can come back for a playoff push the team should be in fine shape.
As for the game at hand, I think the offensive line and the team will be in good shape and the Seahawks will dismantle the Jaguars 35-3 in front of the loudest crowd in the world.