Seahawks-Jaguars: What we learned
SEATTLE -- Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley spent four years with the Seattle Seahawks as their defensive coordinator.
He received an up-close look Sunday at what he helped to create. It was scary.
The bumbling Jaguars (0-3) received the expected shellacking in Seattle Sunday. The Seahawks pushed to a 31-0 lead before slowing down for a more moderate 45-17 win at CenturyLink Field.
"We are a lot closer," quarterback Chad Henne said after the team was on the road for consecutive weeks. "This team is not done."
The Seahawks are 3-0 and already have a two-game lead in the NFC West after San Francisco and St. Louis lost Sunday.
"(We're) not just settling for being 3-0," quarterback Russell Wilson said. "We want to win the whole thing."
Jacksonville scored when it received the ball on the Seahawks' 2-yard line following an interception of Wilson. Those two yards were among the few gained all day by the Jaguars.
The Jaguars had one touchdown the first two weeks. They were lucky to get one Sunday. In fact, Seattle was so confident in its lead, second-string quarterback Tarvaris Jackson took over in the third quarter. On his first drive, he threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin.
"I think Doug's catch might be the catch of the year for us," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said.
What the Seahawks said
"I think offensively, we're starting to come into our own now, we're starting to get into a rhythm. We have to continue that." -- Quarterback Russell Wilson
What the Jaguars said
"Give all the credit in the world to coach Carroll and their staff. They are playing inspired and focused and I wish them the best." -- Coach Gus Bradley
What we learned about the Jaguars
1. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has to hold up, or the Jaguars don't stand a chance of producing offensively. Jacksonville will continue to feed RB Maurice Jones-Drew to the wolves and hope he can survive. He had to take days off at practice this week before being rested enough for 19 carries against the Seahawks. He has no viable backup. There is one ray of hope in the distance. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon is due to come off of a four-game suspension in two weeks.
2. The defensive front is improving. Defensive end Jason Babin is a good place to start. He had a sack Sunday and the Jaguars' pressured Russell Wilson consistently. Babin just needs more help, particularly from a secondary that was lit up by the Seahawks' so-so receiving corps.
What we learned about the Seahawks
1. Tarvaris Jackson is a legit backup. After being jettisoned from Seattle, Tarvaris Jackson looks sharper than ever. He was 7-for-8 Sunday for 129 yards and a touchdown. He also ran in a score. Obviously, the Seahawks don't want to see him on the field, because that would mean something is wrong with Russell Wilson, but he's shown that he is more than competent.
2. Defensive end Michael Bennett is in his own Beast Mode. In Seattle, running back Marshawn Lynch's running style is nicknamed "Beast Mode." Seahawks' defensive end Michael Bennett needs his own nickname now. Bennett had three tackles 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits Sunday.