- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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This is a homecoming of sorts for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who spent the past four seasons as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator. He helped the Seattle defense rank in the top five in the NFL in eight statistical categories in his final two seasons.
The Seahawks are still thriving because of the physical defense that Bradley helped construct. They lead the NFL in total defense, passing defense and scoring defense. They’ve allowed only 10 points in two games.
Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on CBS.
Here’s a look at the Seahawks:
Last week: Beat San Francisco 29-3.
Coach: Pete Carroll, fourth season (26-23); eighth season overall (59-54).
Offensive coordinator: Darrell Bevell.
Defensive coordinator: Dan Quinn.
Series record: Seahawks lead 4-2.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON OFFENSE
RB Marshawn Lynch: Lynch is coming off the best season of his career (1,590 yards rushing) but so far hasn’t been able to be as successful on the ground. He is averaging 3.1 yards per rush, although he has carried the ball 45 times in two games. He has scored three touchdowns (one receiving) and is the focal point of the offense.
QB Russell Wilson: Wilson has been efficient in his first two games, completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for a passer rating of 96.8. He has also rushed for two scores. He appears to be becoming more adept as a passer. He threw for a career-high 320 yards in Week 1 against Carolina.
WR Doug Baldwin: Despite catching only one pass against San Francisco, Baldwin is the team’s leading receiver with eight receptions for 142 yards. He’s also averaging 17.8 yards per catch thanks to his only catch against the 49ers: a 51-yarder. His production will certainly go down once Percy Harvin returns from his hip injury, but for now he’s the Seahawks’ top target.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON DEFENSE
CB Richard Sherman: One of the staples of a Bradley defense is big cornerbacks, and Sherman certainly meets that requirement. He’s 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. But he can cover, too, as he showed Sunday night by helping shut down Anquan Boldin. He pairs with fellow corner Brandon Browner (who has missed the first two games with a hamstring injury but may return versus the Jaguars) to give the Seahawks two of the most physical corners in the NFL.
S Earl Thomas: The unquestioned leader of the secondary is Thomas, who has started 50 consecutive regular-season games since being taken with the 14th pick in the 2010 draft. He has 10 interceptions and has averaged 75 tackles in his first three seasons. Plus, he’s made back-to-back Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro for the first time last season.
LB Bobby Wagner: He was a second-round pick in 2012 who stepped right in and started 15 games as a rookie. He made 140 tackles, intercepted three passes and knocked down three passes. He’s only 6-foot, but he weighs 241 pounds, which allows him to play the run as well as be effective in coverage.
The Seahawks could be without starting left tackle Russell Okung, who suffered a toe injury during the first quarter of the San Francisco game. Carroll said Monday it’s unlikely that he’ll play. ... One option the Seahawks are considering, according to ESPN NFL Nation Seahawks reporter Terry Blount, is starting a rookie (Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie) in Okung’s spot at left tackle. Bowie is a seventh-round draft pick out of Northeastern State in Oklahoma and Bailey signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas. Both players were inactive against the 49ers. ... Seattle is 2-0 at home against the Jaguars and has outscored the Jaguars 65-15. ... Wilson has gotten off to slow starts in the first two games, including going 0-for-6 against the 49ers. ... Defensive end Cliff Avril, the Seahawks’ top defensive signee in the offseason, made his debut last week and recorded a sack and caused a fumble.