By Matthew Asher
It looks like that 19.5 point spread wasn’t generous enough. Seattle was given one of the largest spreads in NFL history with their game against Jacksonville. How did the ‘Hawks respond? By simply dominating the Jaguars in every aspect of the game en route to a 45-17 beat down as they improve to 3-0.
Seattle’s two quarterbacks both get A’s
Russell Wilson may have only thrown for 202 yards, but it’s important to note that he didn’t even play three full quarters of this game. While the total passing yards may not be that impressive, he did tie his career best with four touchdown passes with two of them going to tight end Zach Miller and the other two going to Sidney Rice.
Backup quarterback Tavaris Jackson, who came in for Russell Wilson midway in the third quarter, also had a great game. Jackson completed seven of his eight pass attempts for 129 yards throwing for one touchdown and rushing for another. Put all of their stats together and Wilson and Jackson piled up 347 total yards and six touchdowns. Not a bad day at the office.
Seattle’s Defense in the first half gets an A
Anytime you can shut out the opposition in the first half, you’re doing a good job. Jacksonville went three-and-out on their first four possessions for negative 13 yards. The rest of the first half wasn’t much better. Jacksonville’s other two first half drives (not including the last play of the second quarter) gained 53 yards on 15 plays meaning the Jaguars gained just 40 total yards in 27 plays in the first half.
Seattle’s secondary gets a B-
As a unit, the ‘Hawks defense did a fine job limiting the Jaguars to 265 yards of total offense. They just had trouble covering Cecil Shorts who finished the day with eight catches for 143 yards, more than half of Chad Henne’s 235 passing yards.
The other note is in Seattle’s first two games they gave up just 11 total points. In the second half alone the Jaguars scored 17 points. The game may have already been decided at that point, but with the Seahawks limiting the 49ers to just three points in an entire game last week, it doesn’t help your team’s rep if you let one of if not the worst teams in the NFL score in the double digits in one half.
Marshawn Lynch gets a C
Granted it’s nitpicking, but Lynch definitely did not go into Beast Mode this game. Lynch did gain 69 rushing yards on 17 attempts but take away his big 27-yard run and he finishes with just 42 rushing yards averaging just 2.6 yards per carry.
Seattle now leaves the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field to take on the 2-1 Houston Texans for their second of four straight games against the AFC South. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 am PDT.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.