Seahawks vs. Jaguars: Top 5 Guaranteed Statistics

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Seahawks vs. Jaguars: Top 5 Guaranteed Statistics

Seahawks vs. Jaguars: Top 5 Guaranteed Statistics
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a huge win against the division rival San Francisco 49ers, and the reputation of this franchise is growing by the day. After a strange lightning delay, the ‘Hawks harnessed the power of the CenturyLink Field crowd and took care of business 29-3.

In Week 3, the Seahawks get to stay home for another game and face the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, who are 0-2 to start the season. On paper, this should be an easy victory for the soaring Seahawks, but strange things can happen on occasion in the NFL.

The Jags do rank second in the NFL in passing yards allowed, but they are 31st in rushing yards surrendered. What do you suppose the offensive game plan is going to be on Sunday? Truthfully, the secondary of Jacksonville may not scare Russell Wilson at all, and he might just air it out.

Maurice Jones-Drew is still a very good player, but Jacksonville has issues at quarterback, which is where many of the offensive problems start. Perhaps new coach Gus Bradley can apply a few tricks from his days as defensive coordinator of the Seahawks, but knowledge typically cannot overcome lesser personnel.

Obviously the NFL has an interesting element of balance as any team can win on a given Sunday. However, it would be a great shock if the Jaguars were able to upend the Seahawks or even give them a tough fight. The Seahawks are expected to win with relative ease.

With that in mind, here are few statistics that are guaranteed result from the game.

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Marshawn Lynch: 100 Yards

Marshawn Lynch: 100 Yards
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As mentioned, the Jaguars do not have a good run defense. Expect the Seahawks to hand the ball off early and often. Marshawn Lynch had a great game against the Niners, and that is one of the better defenses in the NFL.

It seems reasonable to assume that if Seattle has a comfortable lead, Beast mode will not be pounding the ball with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. If the ‘Hawks do have a big lead, this might be a good opportunity for Christine Michael to get some work.

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Seahawks Total Offense: Over 400 yards

Seahawks Total Offense: Over 400 yards
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In Week 1, the Seahawks only scored 12 points, but they piled up 370 yards of total offense. Against the 49ers in Week 2, Seattle had fewer yards (290), but certainly racked up more points (29).

Against the Jaguars, the Seahawks should be able to move the ball both on the ground and through the air. Do not be surprised if 400 yards of total offense is eclipsed.

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Seahawks Defense: Four sacks

Seahawks Defense: Four sacks
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Blaine Gabbert probably won’t be facing the Seahawks, but it likely won’t matter which quarterback plays against Seattle. Chances are that Gabbert or Chad Henne are going to be harassed all afternoon by the aggressive Seattle defense.

The Seahawks got to Colin Kaepernick three times in Week 2, so four sacks against the Jaguars seems like a reasonable goal. Perhaps that number is actually too low.

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Jaguars Rushing Yards: Less than 50

Jaguars Rushing Yards: Less than 50
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The Jaguars only mustered 34 rushing yards against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2. In Week 1, Jacksonville piled up a whopping 71 yards on the ground. How do you think they are going to do against the Seahawks? Exactly.

Maurice Jones-Drew is not at full strength, and he led the team with 27 yards against the Raiders. Maybe 50 yards is too generous. 25?

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Jaguars Total Points: Less than 10

Jaguars Total Points: Less than 10
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The Seahawks held the Carolina Panthers to seven points. In Week 2, they held the mighty 49ers to three.

Obviously, you have to be cautious before proclaiming the Seahawks to be immortal. The Jaguars are still a team of professionals and points may be scored. That said, it would not be surprising if Jacksonville was shut out.


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