- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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The suspension of receiver Mike Sims-Walker for a violation of team rules was a setback for the Jaguars.
But even before losing one of their top playmakers, things didn’t figure to go well for the Jaguars Sunday in Seattle: A young team coming off consecutive division wins traveled cross country to play in unfamiliar territory against an unfamiliar opponent getting its starting quarterback back from injury.
Still a 41-0 loss at Seattle was uglier than could have been expected in most any two-steps-forward, one-step-back scenario.
It was the second-worst lose in the franchise’s history, trailing only a 44-point loss to Detroit on Dec. 17, 1995.
Jacksonville’s offensive line was a big issue. Eben Britton returned from injury to start at right tackle and Uche Nwaneri remained at right guard, pushing Mo Williams to the bench. Tra Thomas started at left tackle but Eugene Monroe saw time too.
David Garrard wasn’t good and held the ball far too long at time behind shaky protection. Five sacks (one was of Luke McCown) and two lost fumbles didn’t do much to offset four touchdown passes by Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck in his return to action.