The Seattle Seahawks rolled past Jacksonville this week, winning by a final score of 45-17. The Hawks had no problem moving the ball against the Jaguars, passing the ball for 5 TDs and gaining a total of 479 total yards on offense. On defense, the Hawks starters managed to allow only one TD. Their equal successes on both sides of the ball led to the expected blowout that ensued. The game was so one-sided that midway through the third quarter, Pete Carroll decided to spare Gus Bradley and the Jags, by putting in the backups.
Unfortunately the Hawks weren’t able to shut out the Jags, but their inability to do so was not a direct result of their play. The Hawks were on their own seven yard line midway through the third quarter, when LB Paul Posluszny of the Jaguars, intercepted the ball and ran it back to the Seahawks two yard line. That interception led to a Jags TD that made the score 7-31. The defense collectively contributed to their marginal victory in a big way. Although they were unable to pitch a shutout, the defense’s efforts still ended in a dominating win.
Besides their defensive performance, the Hawks had an equally successful offensive performance. QB Russell Wilson completed 14 of his 21 passes for 4 TDs and 202 passing yards. On the ground, RB Marshawn Lynch had decent success, but his playing time was limited. Lynch had 69 rushing yards on 17 carries, while third string RB Christine Michael had 37 rushing yards on 9 carries. Neither running back scored, as the Jags managed to stop the Hawks from scoring a single rushing TD.
Overall, the Hawks controlled the game through the air and on defense. The Hawks’ offense was led by Wilson’s ability to throw the football, and their defense’s efficiency was marked by their 3 sacks and 2 INTs. The Seahawks defense allowed more points against the jags than in week 1 and 2 combined, but the outcome was not a result of the defense’s failures. The Seahawks rested their starters early, and their first team only allowed a TD following a turnover on the 2 yard line. Despite allowing 17 points, The Seahawks commanded the entire game and still remain atop ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings. The Hawks’ focus now lies in their matchup against the Texans on Sunday.