Game Preview: Seahawks-Jaguars

With Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars coming to town, Lofa Tatupu will need to be on top of his game.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) at Seattle Seahawks (1-3)

Time & Place:
Sunday, October 11, 2009
1:15pm PT
Qwest Field
Seattle, WA

Regular season series: Sunday will be the sixth time the Seahawks and Jaguars have met, with Seattle holding a 3-2 edge in the series. Jacksonville won the previous meeting 26-14 in the 2005 season-opener.

Notable Newcomers

Gerald Alexander, S (Trade, Detroit)
Sean Considine, S (UFA, Philadelphia)
Kynan Forney, G (UFA, San Diego)
Torry Holt, WR (UFA, St. Louis)
Luke McCown, QB (Trade, Tampa Bay)
Brian Russell, S (UFA, Seattle)
Adam Seward, LB (UFA, Indianapolis)
Bryan Smith, LB (Signed of St. Louis practice squad)
Tra Thomas, T (UFA, Philadelphia)

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR (UFA, Cincinnati)
Colin Cole, DT (UFA, Green Bay)
John Owens, TE (UFA, Detroit)
Ken Lucas, CB (UFA, Carolina)
Lawyer Milloy, S (UFA, Atlanta)
Brandon Frye, T (Waivers, Miami)

2009 Draft Class

Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia (1st round, 8th overall)
Eben Britton, T, Arizona (2nd round, 39th overall)
Terrance Knighton, DT, Temple (3rd round, 72nd overall)
Derek Cox, CB, William & Mary (3rd round, 73rd overall)
Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona (4th round, 107th overall)
Jarett Dillard, WR, Rice (5th round, 144th overall)
Zach Miller, TE, Nebraska-Omaha (6th round, 180th overall)
Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty (7th round, 250th overall)
Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers (7th round, 253rd overall)

Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest (1st round, 4th overall)
Max Unger, C/G, Oregon (2nd round, 49th overall)
Deon Butler, WR, Penn State (3rd round, 91st overall)
Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers (6th round, 178th overall)
*Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers (7th round, 245th overall)
Nick Reed, DE, Oregon (7th round, 247th overall)
Cameron Morrah, TE, California (7th round, 248th overall)

Stats & Rankings


Total: 10th (360.3 yards per game)
Passing: 14th (228.3 yards per game)
Rushing: 8th (132.0 yards per game)
Scoring: 11th (24.3 points per game)

Total: 29th (381.0 yards per game)
Passing: t-31st (282.3 yards per game)
Rushing: 12th (98.8 yards per game)
Scoring: t-18th (21.5 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-6th (+4)


Total: 14th (338.5 yards per game)
Passing: 11th (242.3 yards per game)
Rushing: 24th (96.3 yards per game)
Scoring: t-23rd (18.5 points per game)

Total: 16th (343.8 yards per game)
Passing: 16th (219.8 yards per game)
Rushing: 21st (124.0 yards per game)
Scoring: 17th (20.5 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-26th (-4)

Injury Report


OUT: DT Greg Peterson (knee), S Sean Considine (groin), CB Scott Starks (hip), LB Adam Seward (groin)
Probable: LB Justin Durant (hip), LB Clint Ingram (ankle), DT Derek Landri (wrist), T Tra Thomas (knee), G Maurice Williams (knee)


OUT: LB Leroy Hill (groin), T Sean Locklear (ankle), T Walter Jones (knee), G Rob Sims (ankle)
Questionable: DE Patrick Kerney (groin)
Probable: QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib), FB Justin Griffith (knee), CB Josh Wilson (ankle), LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)


With an AFC team coming to town, CBS has the broadcast. Kevin Harlan handles the play-by-play with Solomon Wilcots providing the analysis. As always, 97.3 FM and 710 ESPN Seattle has the radio broadcast, with Steve Raible joined by Warren Moon in the booth and Jen Mueller working the sidelines.

Vegas Line: No line 

Keys to the Game

Run Early, Run Often – Matt Hasselbeck's probable return is great news, but that's no reason to rely on his right arm or a patchwork offensive line's ability to protect him. Running the ball may not be flashy, and won't result in a lot of "explosive" plays, but Seattle should throw a heavy dose of Julius Jones, Edgerrin James, Justin Forsett, and even 250-pound fullback Owen Schmitt at the Jaguars to slow down the pass rush and keep Maurice Jones-Drew off the field. Seattle averages 135 yards on the ground at Qwest Field this season and exceeding that total would increase their odds of getting a "W".

Avoid Turnovers – Jacksonville has an opportunistic defense, forcing a league-high five fumbles this season. Overall, the Jaguars have a +4 turnover ratio, which is one of the major reasons why they're 2-2. Meanwhile, five of the Seahawks' eight giveaways have come at home, so ball security will be paramount on Sunday.

Interior Defense Needs to Step Up – Both of Jacksonville's starting offensive tackles are rookies, which could explain why more than half (54.4%) of the Jaguars' running plays have been up the middle. Containing Jones-Drew should be the defense's top priority. Brandon Mebane, Colin Cole, Craig Terrill, Red Bryant, and Lofa Tatupu will need to bring their "A" games, while Aaron Curry and Will Herring will need to be disciplined and watch for Jones-Drew on cut-back runs. Prediction

The 2009 season is on the line this Sunday against Jacksonville, as dropping to 1-4 for the second straight season would end any hopes the Seahawks have of making the post-season. With a win, they can turn the page to host Arizona next week while remaining hopeful about getting Hill, Trufant, Locklear, Sims, and maybe Walter Jones back for after the bye week. Lose and the page turns to 2010, where questions await about whether or not Hasselbeck, Jones, or even Tim Ruskell will still be around as the franchise attempts to return to prominence in the NFC West.

Hasselbeck's return suggests that the team has the sense of urgency needed to keep the season alive, and I think they will do just that.  

Pick: Seahawks 24, Jaguars 20

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