Jaguars vs. Seahawks: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Seattle

Marlon Maloney@@marlonmaloneyCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2013

Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks fan Chris Wright (in green sleeve) cheers his team against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch were pulled from action early in a blowout victory over the now 0-3 Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seattle Seahawks dominated from start to finish on both sides of the ball and maintained their position as the team to beat in the NFL.


Fourth Quarter

Seattle - 45

Jacksonville - 17


Final Analysis

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson was pulled from the game with a little under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. He finished the day 14-of-21 for 202 yards with four touchdowns and an interception on a poor cross-body pass—he was under duress on the play. Tavaris Jackson came in and went 7-of-8 for 129 yards and a touchdown. The touchdowns were spread all around, with two apiece for Sidney Rice and Zach Miller and an amazing one-handed grab by Doug Baldwin.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch was also pulled from action, being replaced by rookie Christine Michael. Lynch finished with an average of 4.1 yards per carry, but he was not needed much in the blowout. Michael looked explosive at times, but indecisive in others. He finished with nine carries for 37 yards. The offense had 156 yards rushing and a touchdown for Tavaris Jackson on a read-option play.

Pass Defense: As the game wore on, more and more Seattle starters were pulled from the game in favor of remaining healthy. Chad Henne still finished the day with no touchdowns, two interceptions and 235 yards. The majority of the yardage was made up in garbage time with long passes to Cecil Shorts III, who had eight catches for 143 yards. The Seahawks finished with three sacks.

Run Defense: Maurice Jones-Drew was largely ineffective, despite picking up an easy touchdown from two yards out. The Seattle defense held Jacksonville to just 51 yards rushing on 24 carries and had seven tackles in the backfield.

Special Teams: Other than a partially blocked punt, the special teams units were solid throughout the game. The Jaguars were held to negative yardage on punt returns. Bryan Anger maintained his 42.7-yard average on punts for the Jaguars, but it wasn't enough to help their defense. Jon Ryan averaged 35 yards per punt and dropped one inside the 20-yard line—but he was rarely needed, with only four punts on the day.

Coaching: Pete Carroll will be a bit unhappy with some of the turnovers and penalties, but he has to be happy otherwise. The Seahawks did not look past the lowly Jaguars and dominated the game from start to finish. Through three weeks, the Seahawks are looking like a complete team.

Sep 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) celebrate after Rice scored a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Manda
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First-Half Analysis

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson has had a pretty solid first half, posting 179 yards on 13-of-17 for three touchdowns. The Jaguars are managing to put pressure on him and it appears Seattle's offensive line will struggle with pass protection all season. Jacksonville has two sacks, one of which resulted in a fumble, and several hits and hurries. Golden Tate has been a bit more involved with three catches for 69 yards. Sidney Rice came up with two big grabs late two give them a third touchdown.

Run Offense: Tate has also been involved on a couple of end-around plays and has picked up 29 yards on the ground. Marshawn Lynch looks like he could break a long run at any point. He has 63 yards on 13 carries and has been stopped inches short of the endzone twice.

Pass Defense: With Chad Henne starting his second consecutive game for the Jaguars, Jacksonville's has continued to sputter. Through the team's first four drives, the offense moved backward a total of 13 yards and went three-and-out on each drive. Henne has completed 36 percent of his passes for 44 yards and a late interception on a terrible pass that went of the helmet of his own center. Second-year man Bobby Wagner came up with the pick to go along with his team-leading five tackles.

Run Defense: Maurice Jones-Drew continues to struggle after an injury-marred 2012. The Seahawks defense is not the medicine for any running back trying to have a big day. The Seattle defense has limited Jones-Drew to 17 yards rushing on nine carries. The Jaguars have a total of 20 yards on the day, and it does not look like an area that will improve by much in the second half.

Special Teams: Hauschka remains perfect for the year, knocking through his fifth field goal from 21 yards out. Golden Tate has done well to average 8.3 yards per punt return, and the coverage units have been strong throughout. Bryan Angerer is averaging 42.2 yards per punt to help Seattle maintain its dominance in the field-position battle.

Coaching: Pete Carroll and the Seattle coaching staff have done well to keep the team focused on the task at hand playing an opponent that could have very well been overlooked. The Seattle defense has continued to play a stifling style of high-pressure defense and the offense is using a great mixture of run and pass to move the ball all over the Jacksonville defense.