Week 3: Jaguars at Seahawks (9/13)

Today's game may very well turn out to be a spectacularly lopsided blowout.  The Seahawks are playing lights-out awesome right now, and the Jaguars are at the very beginning of a rebuild and about as talent-poor as a team can get at the NFL level.  Their offense ranks at or near the bottom of nearly every meaningful statistical measurement, for one.  Their defense does have some decent stats against the pass and has had some moderate success putting QBs on the ground, but opposing teams don't really need to throw against them because their run defense is one of the worst in the league — 32nd in yards allowed per carry (5.7) and 31st in rushing yards allowed per game (173.5).

Jacksonville does have a a few bright spots on the roster like third year receiver Cecil Shorts.  Despite having to work with two of the worst QBs in the league (Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne), he's still managed to catch 11 passes for 133 yards.  Maurice Jones-Drew still plays for the Jaguars, but he's averaging just 2.9 yards per carry this year and is questionable today with an ankle injury; if he can't play, ex-Seahawk Justin Forsett will likely get the nod to start. 

On defense, Jacksonville has a few decent players, including middle linebacker Paul Posluzny, outside linebacker Geno Hayes, and pass-rushing defensive end Jason Babin, but they can only make up for so many mistakes by their teammates.  In particular, the play of their safeties (Jonathan Cyprien and Dwight Lowery) has been a glaring weak spot in their defensive schemes.  Also, according to Pro Football Focus their punter Bryan Anger is grading out very highly and has been particularly effective on directional punts, but last I checked punters can't win games by themselves.

For the Seahawks, the main question mark this week is the offensive line.  With Okung out, McQuistan will slide over to left tackle and James Carpenter will slot in at left guard.  Be on the lookout for rookie linemen Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie, both of whom might see some snaps on the left side of the line — McQuistan was fairly pedestrian filling in for Okung last week, and the team could really use a stronger blocker guarding Wilson's blindside until Okung returns later this season.

SEA! HAWKS!

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