The Seattle Seahawks easily dispatched of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Century Link Field, 45-17. It doesn't sound like it was a close game, but in reality, it was even more of a blowout than that. So much so that Seattle pulled starting quarterback Russell Wilson and other starters out, midway through the third quarter when the Seahawks already led 31-7. The other two scores that Jacksonville mustered came in what most people refer to as "garbage time", when much of the Seahawk second unit was on the field against the Jaguar starters.
The Seattle defense was, again, dominant in the first half of the game. Jacksonville went 3 and out of their first four possessions, and wound up with negative total yardage after the first quarter. Russell Wilson, on the other side of the ball, rebounded from a pedestrian passing game against the 49ers to throw four touchdown passes in the first half, the first two to tight end Zack Miller, who was conspicuous in his offensive absence in the first two games of the season. Miller made up for it by catching 2 touchdown passes from Wilson in this game. Also, with an auspicious offensive show of his own was wide receiver Golden Tate, who combines in receptions and after-catch runs for 117 yards of offense. Tate, seemingly doing his best Percy Harvin imitation in the wake of his absence due to injury, seemed to be everywhere, and ran for several yards after many receptions, something that he's not really know for up to this point in his career.
On the other side, Jacksonville seemed hopelessly outmatched for the first half, unable to do anything against a superior Seahawk defense. In the second half, it got a little better as the Jaguars moved the ball a little better and produced 17 points, but most of it came against the Seattle second unit.
The Seahawks also proved that they have one of the deepest team, in terms of talent, in the NFL. Tavaris Jackson, the Seattle backup quarterback, came into the game in the third quarter and put on an offensive show of his own, completing 7 of 8 passes for 127 yards, and scoring two touchdowns, one running, and one passing.
Next up for Seattle, the Houston Texans, who are coming off a trouncing in Baltimore at the hands of the Ravens and Joe Flacco, 30-9. However, the Seahawks aren't taking the Texans for granted, regardless of their slow start this season, just as they didn't take the Jaguars for granted despite their status as one of the worst teams in the league. They know that they have to focus on every game, one at a time, and play each one as if it were must win, because once they reach the postseason, which seems to be a foregone conclusion for this season by fans and analysts alike, each game will be "one and done". Better to get practice with that mentality now, so when they do reach the playoffs, they can dominate their opponents all the way to the Superbowl.
by: Keith Ishii