SEATTLE, Wash. – This one was tough from the start.
And while the Jaguars made positive strides late, and while there were slivers of opportunity at times early, the surging Seattle Seahawks (3-0) continued to do just that on Sunday, turning a 17-point second quarter into a 45-17 victory over the Jaguars (0-3) at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks led 24-0 at halftime and 38-10 after the third quarter.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 14 of 21 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns with an interception before being replaced by Tarvaris Jackson late in the third quarter. Two of Wilson’s touchdown passes went to tight end Zach Miller in the first half, with two to wide receiver Sidney Rice – one each in the second and third quarter.
The Seahawks took control early, holding the Jaguars to minus-9 yards offense on three first-quarter possessions. Wilson gave Seattle a 7-0 lead with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Miller with 8:04 remaining in the quarter.
A four-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Miller extended the lead to 14-0 with 14:26 remaining in the second quarter, with a 21-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka making it 17-0 9:40 before halftime.
An 11-yard pass from Wilson to Rice gave the Seahawks a 24-0 halftime lead. At that point, Seattle had outgained the Jaguars, 275-52. Wilson passed 23 yards to Rice early in the third quarter for a 24-0 Seattle lead.
The Jaguars got their first touchdown on a 2-yard run by running back
This came in the first quarter. The Jaguars’ defense forced two punts on the first three Seattle possessions, but the offense faced three consecutive third-and-long situations, which led to three punts and enabled the Seahawks to take control of the game’s momentum. The Seahawks limited the Jaguars to minus-9 yards total offense in the quarter, taking a 14-0 lead less than a minute into the second quarter with Russell Wilson’s second touchdown pass of the game to tight end Zach Miller.
1. Wide receiver Cecil Shorts’ 59-yard reception from Henne in the third quarter set up a 33-yard field goal by
2. Jaguars defensive end
3. Jaguars linebacker
5. Rookie Safety
6. Todman’s 3-yard touchdown was the first touchdown of his NFL career.
*Part of the Jaguars’ early offensive struggles came because of a lack of production on early downs. Facing too many 3rd-and-long situations has been an issue for the Jaguars in the first three games, and that was particularly true early Sunday. They faced 3rd-and-13, 3rd-and-11 and 3rd-and-21 on their first three possessions, punting to end all three drives and enabling the Seahawks to methodically take control.
*The Jaguars narrowly missed a chance to recapture a bit of momentum just before halftime.
Jones-Drew started for the Jaguars after being listed as questionable entering the game. Jones-Drew practiced Friday on a limited basis after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a strained ankle tendon sustained in Oakland Sunday.
Ball (groin) did not play, and guard
Inactive for the Jaguars: Ball, Gabbert, Brown, Gratz, Lewis, safety