Seattle whips Jacksonville even worse than expected

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Seattle was favored by 20 points against Jacksonville, an almost unheard point spread in the NFL. As it turned out, a bet on Seattle was easy money.

The Seahawks thoroughly whipped the Jaguars, jumping out to a 24-0 lead at halftime and coasting through the second half on the way to a 45-17 win. The 3-0 Seahawks look like a very good team, but the bigger story of this game was that the 0-3 Jaguars look like an absolutely horrible team. The Jaguars were 2-14 last year, and they might be even worse this year.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had an easy day at work, completing 14 of 21 passes for 202 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll decided to pull Wilson from the game in the third quarter to give backup Tarvaris Jackson some playing time, and Jackson marched the Seahawks’ offense up and down the field on the Jaguars’ defense. Jackson finished the game with a perfect 158.3 passer rating, completing seven of eight passes for 129 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

It wasn’t all good news for Seattle, as defensive end Red Bryant left the game with a back injury. There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury, but he’s not a player the Seahawks want to lose for any period of time. And although the Seahawks won easily, the offensive line looked like it missed injured left tackle Russell Okung, and there were times when Wilson was under duress.

But while it may not have been all good news, it was an easy win for Seattle. That’s what happens when one of the best teams in the league plays one of the worst.