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Seahawks 31, Jaguars 7: Jacksonville is Routed in Sloppy Fashion Following Bye Week

The Jaguars looked unprepared to play on Sunday, losing 31-7 to the Seahawks in a game that was never close.

When watching the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon, it was hard to believe one team was coming off 14 days rest and the other was coming off six days rest.

What made it so hard to believe is that the Jaguars, coming off their bye week, looked completely out of sorts, unprepared, and simply too small for the moment against a Seahawks team that had just gotten beat in a physical game on Monday Night Football.

After a week of the Jaguars talking about their restored confidence from their Week 6 win, the air was let out of the balloon on Sunday as the Seahawks throttled the Jaguars 31-7 on the road.

The Jaguars’ offense got off to a good enough start on its first drive, but third-down issues once again led to no first-drive points. The Jaguars haven’t scored a touchdown on the first drive of a game since Week 2 and this continued on Sunday despite a 14-yard gain from James Robinson and a third-down conversion from Dan Arnold putting the Jaguars at the middle of the field.

Despite this, the Seahawks were able to put the Jaguars behind the chains on third-down. On 3rd-and-9, the Jaguars put the ball in Lawrence’s hand before a Darrell Taylor pressure forced him out of the pocket and into the grasp of Seahawks’ safety Ryan Neal, resulting in an 11-yard loss and a punt.

The Seahawks’ offense gashed the Jaguars for 28 yards on four carries to start their first drive, though the two biggest plays came in the passing game. A questionable roughing the passer call on DaVon Hamilton and a 27-yard catch by Tyler Lockett put the Seahawks at the one-yard line. Jacksonville stuffed three-straight runs by Seattle at the one until a quarterback sneak from Geno Smith on 4th-and-goal let the Seahawks draw first blood.

The Jaguars didn’t get anything going in their response to Smith’s touchdown, either. After a five-yard gain by Marvin Jones on first down, the Jaguars punted after three plays due to a Laviska Shenault drop on third down.

Luckily, the Jaguars’ defense came alive with a stop of their own as an answer. Shaquill Griffin spent the week talking about his fondness for his time in Seattle but for his eagerness to play his former team, and he answered the challenge. On 3rd-and-7, Griffin covered D.K. Metcalf with tight coverage in man-to-man, tackling him right as he made a catch and stopping him two yards short of the first-down to force a punt.

Jacksonville failed to make the Seahawks retreat at any point from an offensive standpoint, though, especially when they attempted to call deep shots down the field. After a few deep shots fell incomplete to start the game, Lawrence went deep for Tavon Austin on 1st-and-10 from the 50.

The duo wasn’t on the same page, however. Lawrence seemingly expected Austin to cut his route to the […]

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