NFL Nation: Jaguars-Seahawks


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


Matt Hasselbeck makes a huge difference for the Seahawks, particularly against a bad pass defense.

And the Jaguars have a bad, bad pass defense (allowing 71.9 percent completions heading into Week 5).

This victory was critical for the Seahawks because it gave them a chance to reach .500 heading into their bye following a Week 6 home game against the Cardinals.

Having Hasselbeck come back so successfully also provides a significant psychological boost for Seattle, particularly with the previously upstart 49ers getting blown out at home. Seattle was dragging after three consecutive defeats. The Colts humiliated them and the future appeared bleak with Seneca Wallace at quarterback. As a backup, Wallace wasn't able to overcome shortcomings elsewhere on the roster.

Hasselbeck proved he could overcome those shortcomings against this defense -- even with Kyle Williams, signed Saturday from the practice squad, playing left tackle.

These were the Jaguars, not the Colts, but the Seahawks had too many problems of their own to worry about what was ailing Jacksonville. They needed a victory -- any victory -- and they got one.

This performance should be cathartic for the Seahawks. Their offense dominated. Their defense dominated. Even rookie Nick Reed, the preseason hero, scored a touchdown (79-yard fumble return).

Hasselbeck played as though he hadn't suffered a broken rib during a Week 2 game at San Francisco. A victory over the Cardinals in Week 6 doesn't seem so unlikely at this point.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


Bet you're feeling great about starting Matt Hasselbeck in your fantasy league.
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Wait, you didn't start him? Me neither.

Four touchdown passes against the Jaguars answer any questions about Hasselbeck's fitness after a broken rib sidelined him.

The division race is looking a little different than it did a few hours ago. The 49ers are getting pounded and the Cardinals' lead has shrunk to 21-14, with the Texans in possession at the 11:14 mark of the fourth quarter.

The locals booed here at University of Phoenix Stadium after Kurt Warner threw incomplete on third down a few minutes ago.

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