46 degrees, clear skies
This game featured the 8-4 Seahawks coming to Jacksonville to play the upstart 8-4 Jaguars. Seattle was coming off a major Sunday Night Football win against a divisional opponent the week before. Jacksonville was in the midst of a breakout season and was looking for an opportunity to establish their credibility by beating a strong organization like the Seahawks.
- Seahawks: In 2017 Seattle has become a team completely built around Russell Wilson and his ability to extend plays. While it’s easy to point out some areas that need improvement in Seattle’s offense, namely in the running game, it’s hard to argue with the productivity they get from Russell Wilson. Although there were times where Seattle’s offense looked figured out, for most of the night Russell Wilson was able to make huge explosive plays and keep the game within a touchdown.
- Jaguars: Jacksonville found great success with underneath crossing routes. They converted several important 3rd downs by passing to a receiver uncovering across the middle.
- Seahawks: Seattle was without two of their stalwart defensive backs going into this game, and also lost interior linebackers K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner in the 2nd half of this matchup. This created a difficult situation for the Seahawks in the 2nd half.
- Jaguars: Jacksonville did a good utilizing their strong defensive front to keep Russell Wilson’s running game in check. Offensively they utilized Blake Bortles well to set up an effective short passing game and ran the ball well throughout.
- Jacksonville executed an excellent offensive game plan. They ran the ball well and drew up crossing patterns in the passing game that were effective through the entire game.
- Seattle never adjusted to stop Jacksonville’s effective crossing routes. Jacksonville was able to take advantage of Seattle losing two interior linebackers with effective running of the ball in their absence.
- Seahawks: With 2:23 left in the game and two timeouts, Seattle elected to go for it on 4th and 9 from their own 43 yard line. With the two minute warning coming up, Seattle could have punted the ball and still had plenty of time for their defense to get the ball back. Going for it on 4th and 9 at that part of the field puts the entire outcome of the game on that one play. If they punted the ball they could have at least fought to get the ball back with a fresh set of downs.
- Jaguars: They had some communication issues that caused them to take a timeout in the 4th quarter, but outside of that executed a 7:30 minute scoring drive in the 4th quarter which is a credit to their clock management.
What We Liked:
- Jacksonville winning this game by sticking with what’s in their wheel house: strong defense, strong running game, simple but effective passing game.
What We Didn’t Like:
- Seahawks going all in on a 4th and 9 with 2:23 left instead of punting and giving their defense a shot to get the ball back.