Sunday, September 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 45, Jaguars 17
By Terry Blount
SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 45-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at CenturyLink Field:
What it means for the Seahawks: So much for the letdown after the 29-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. This was no trap game. Seattle controlled things from start to finish to improve to 3-0 against an awful Jacksonville team. And the Seahawks now have a two-game lead over the 49ers in the NFC West after San Francisco’s loss to Indianapolis Sunday.
Stock watch: Defensive tackle Michael Bennett, an offseason free-agent acquisition by Seattle, has been the team’s best defensive lineman in the first three games. He had two sacks Sunday but did get flagged once for roughing the passer. Chris Clemons looked good in his return to the field. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner made an outstanding athletic play with a diving interception off a tipped ball that ended the Jaguars' only scoring threat in the first half when the outcome was still in doubt.
Passing game comes to life: Five of six Seahawks touchdowns came through the air, a major improvement over the first two games. Russell Wilson was 14-of-21 for 202 yards and four touchdowns for a 117.5 quarterback rating, which would have been better except for one interception in the third quarter before he left the game. Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson also had a big game with two touchdowns, one throwing and one running.
Playing time for the backups: The one-sided game meant the Seahawks got a lot of playing time for the reserves, including both rookie offensive tackles: Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. Rookie running back Christine Michael also got his first action of the season.
What’s next: The Seahawks travel to Houston to play the Texans at Reliant Stadium, which, no doubt, will be a much tougher test than the Jaguars were Sunday.