Matt Hasselbeck may or may not play on Sunday, and that will make a big difference regarding how effective the Seahawks will be on offense, and thus how the Jaguars will attack them. Hasselbeck is a veteran who can only play in the west coast offense at this point in his career, as he lacks elite arm strength. Hasselbeck is a very intelligent quarterback who will distribute the football to the open man. If Seneca Wallace plays, he gives the Jaguars a different dimension to plan for, as Wallace is an athletic player who excels in roll-outs. Although Wallace is the better athlete, what keeps him from being a full-time starter is his lack of accuracy.
How the Jaguars can attack: If Hasselbeck plays, bring the house against a depleted offensive line. If Wallace is the guy under center, the Jaguars need to keep him in the pocket and force him to beat coverage.
Julius Jones is the Seahawks leading rusher, and although he's not considered an elite NFL talent, he is on pace for a 1,000 yard season. Edgerrin James spells Jones, and he is still a solid straight-ahead rusher, but no longer a breakaway threat. Justin Forsett is primarily used as a third-down back.
How the Jaguars can attack: The Jaguars defense must be sure to wrap-up against either back, as they are strong runners who can break arm tackles.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the Seahawks biggest offseason acquisition as the 100-catch per year man with the Bengals was brought in to be a possession receiver for the notoriously slippery-handed ‘Birds. Nate Burleson is a deep threat who is off to a great start, despite the uncertainty at quarterback. Rookie Deon Butler is a legit deep threat who isn't the best route runner. Deon Branch has been hampered by injuries ever since arriving in Seattle, and can't be counted upon.
How the Jaguars can attack: Houshmandzadeh does a lot of his damage over the middle of the field, and the Jaguars linebackers must gain depth. Burleson should be able to be handled by Rashean Mathis, while Butler will likely require some safety help.
John Carlson is one of the best tight ends in the NFC as he is the poor man's Jason Witten. Carlson has ultra-reliable hands and can get open in the seam.
How the Jaguars can attack: The Jaguars will likely have to mix linebackers and safeties on Carlson.
The Seahawks offensive line is a beleaguered unit that is having troubles protecting the passer. The ‘Hawks have done a half-way decent job of run blocking however.
How the Jaguars can attack: Blitz, blitz, and more blitz. This is a unit that you must attack.
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