The Seahawks pushed out to a 31-0 lead by the early third quarter before surrendering points to the Jaguars, and had the opportunity to let their backups finish up the game, eventually winning by a score of 45-17. Meanwhile, Arizona, St. Louis, and San Francisco all lost and each moved to 1-2, pushing Seattle's lead in the NFC West to two games at 3-0.
Here are some quick hitters:
- Russell Wilson finished 14-of-21 for 202 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also lost a fumble. Overall, Wilson looked calm and collected this afternoon, delivering accurate passes from the pocket and using his mobility sparingly to keep plays alive. For example, on one scoring play, he escaped pressure in the pocket, rolled right, and used his patented '2nd-baseman' throw to Rice for a touchdown and he had another touchdown throw in which he climbed the pocket to hit Sidney Rice on a post-route behind the linebackers.
The ability to pass with accuracy from different arm platforms and while running or stepping up into the pocket is something that sets Wilson apart and it was good to see him hit on both types of throws this week. Overall, a good mix of Wilson's 'playmaking' and Wilson throwing from within the construct of the play design.
To sum up - Wilson played like I had hoped he'd play - throwing decisively when he hit his back foot, giving his receivers chances to make plays by throwing it downfield to them on redline shots - and overall he looked much less frenetic and skittish in the pocket than he had in the first two weeks. The two turnovers are lamentable, but you have to feel good about how the Seahawks' 2nd-year quarterback played.
- Sidney Rice and Golden Tate both had big games. Rice finished with 5 catches for 79 yards with two touchdowns, and Tate caught five passes for 88 yards and added 29 yards on two 'rushes'. Doug Baldwin added a highlight-reel one-handed grab on a 'redline' deep bomb from Tarvaris Jackson and all-in-all, you have to be happy with the way Seattle's receivers played in this game after combining for 8 total catches last week.
- Seattle heavily utilized their tight ends today, which is great to see. Zach Miller caught two redzone touchdown passes and Luke Willson looked like the 'move' tight end this front office had expected him to be, catching 5 passes for 76 yards. Even Kellen Davis added two catches for 31 yards.
- The Seahawks ended up running 36 times while leading throughout, and finished with 156 yards on the ground at 4.3 YPC. Marshawn Lynch looked great early on and finished with 69 yards on 17 attempts and scored what should have been a touchdown, but it was called down at the one. Because Seattle had no remaining challenges at the time, the Hawks ended up with a field goal on the possession. Christine Michael added 9 rushes for 41 yards in garbage time but it was nice to see him get some action. Tarvaris Jackson ran in for a score on a read-option look late.
- Defensively, Seattle held Jacksonville to 2.1 yards per carry and finally gave up points at the 6-minute mark of the third quarter, but only after Russell Wilson was picked off throwing from the endzone, and the ball was returned to the Seattle two yard line. The Jaguars subsequently added a field goal at the end of the third quarter and scored a touchdown with 9:06 left in the game against Seattle's second team defense. Overall, it was quality game by the starters, despite the 17 points surrendered and despite Jacksonville's late-game effectiveness on offense. The Jags finished with 265 total yards to Seattle's 479 yards despite the two teams running an almost-identical amount of plays. For context, Jacksonville finished with 4.0 yards per play, as compared to Seattle's 7.1 yards per play.
- Bobby Wagner had an impressive interception in which he tipped the ball to himself and then dove to make the catch. Kam Chancellor had a garbage time pick that put a bow on the game for the Hawks.
- The Seahawks finished with 4 sacks - 1.5 apiece for Clinton McDonald and Michael Bennett. They had seven tackles for a loss and six passes defensed so it's safe to say they were flying around and making plays.
- A lot of good things to talk about defensively but I'll have to take a look at the tape and go more in-depth this week.