JACKSONVILLE, Florida – After enjoying the win and the week off, the Jaguars are back with a trip to the West Coast to face the Seahawks on Sunday at 4:05 pm. In franchise history, the West Coast has not been kind to the Jaguars. They are only 3-13 in games and have never won in Seattle (0-3).
When I scoured the Jaguars calendar at the start of the year, I marked this game as a loss. But things have changed. The Seahawks are a beaten team. No Russell wilson means it’s the Geno Smith spectacle. Well, Geno isn’t exactly a threat to light up a defense like Wilson. This game suddenly seems incredibly winnable for the Jaguars.
A win on Sunday would give them their first consecutive winning streak since October 27, 2019. The Jaguars could end a bad streak to start a good one, but here are four things they need to do if that is to happen.
Make Geno play like Geno
Smith has had longevity in his NFL career but not a lot of highlights. Smith is 12-21 in the NFL as a starter and has thrown more interceptions (37) in his career than touchdowns (32).
If Smith has shown one thing consistently throughout his career, it’s that he’s not the kind of passer who threatens to take control of a game and ignite a defense. On Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints, Smith threw for 167 yards, but 84 of those yards came in a single pass for DK Metcalf. That means the rest of the game he threw for fewer yards than he counted on that play alone (83 yards).
The Jaguars’ defense has the potential to make any quarterback look like an All-Pro in any given week, so the big key for them is to get Geno playing like he always has.
Keep DK Metcalf silent
Part of preventing Smith from having a career game is keeping DK Metcalf calm. Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer said, “He’s just a freak of nature over there.”
There are no other receivers in the NFL with its combination of size, speed and strength. Metcalf will present a special challenge for the Jaguars high school. Over the past few weeks, Shaquill Griffin a followed the best receiver on the other team. Griffin played for the Seahawks with Metcalf, so maybe he knows what DK’s kryptonite is. When Metcalf is on, he’s quite a comedic superhero on the soccer field.
The Legion of Boom is gone, but the Seahawks’ defense still has a few game-breaker type players. The main one is Jamal adams.
“Thirty-three, you just have to know where he [is]. He’s the right guy [watch out for]. There is a red flag on him everywhere he is because first of all he’s such a good player, and secondly, he’s a very good Blitzer, so you just have to know where he is, ”he said. said Meyer.
Trevor Laurent echoed those statements, saying: “It’s always a challenge when you face a great player, regardless of their position, but especially safe because there is so much freedom.”
Adams is not much of a ball peddler type player. He has only two career interceptions. But he can make his impact on the game felt in other ways. The Seahawks use Adams often as a blitzer, he had 9.5 sacks last season. It’s better for the Jaguars if he’s not into football.
Bring the D Seahawks back at a record pace
With the extra game added to the season this year, many NFL records will be rewritten. One of them this year is likely to be the mark for the most yards allowed in a season. The current record for most yards allowed is 7,042, set by the Saints in 2012. The Seahawks are allowing 414.7 yards per game so far this year. It’s the second-highest in the NFL, just 0.2 yards per game behind the Dolphins and just 2.5 yards ahead of the Jaguars.
At their current pace with the extra game, the Seahawks would break that record by just one yard. Lawrence should have the chance to put on a show against the Seahawks’ struggling defense. If Lawrence can light them up for a career-high, that might be enough to bring Seattle back to the most surrendered yards in the league and keep them on pace to shatter that record. This factor is a win-win, because if the Seahawks defense breaks that record, they keep it away from the Jaguars and likely means the Jaguars won the game.
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