While this year’s contest has all of the makings of a good game, the Seahawks have historically beat up on the Jaguars. Let’s review said history.
All-time regular season series record: Seahawks lead 5-2
Last Jaguars win: Sept. 11, 2005 (26-14)
Last Seahawks win: Sept. 22, 2013 (45-17)
Current Streak: Seahawks with a two-game advantage
Biggest Jaguars win: 26-14 (Sept. 11, 2005)
Biggest Seahawks win: 41-0 (Oct. 11, 2009)
Interesting takeaway: The Seahawks have outscored the Jags 86-17 in the past two meetings.
Quick thoughts: Seattle has embarrassed Jacksonville in the past two meetings, winning the last meeting by a score of 45-17, and dominating the prior contest 41-0. Seattle has won four of the past five, and five of seven overall, in the series. The Seahawks have outscored the Jaguars 212-129 in this series, so you could say things have not gone well for our beloved Jags. The Jaguars were only able to get wins in 2005 and 1996. One thing to hang our hats on, though, is that 2005 matchup. The Jags were a 12-4 playoff team that season, but the Seahawks not only went 13-3 in the regular season and won the NFC West, they also went to the Super Bowl that year (losing to the Steelers).
Date: Sept. 22, 2013
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Team Stats: Jaguars — 235 passing yards, 51 rushing yards, 17 first downs
Seahawks — 331 passing yards, 156 rushing yards, 28 first downs
Quick recap: Simply put, the Jaguars were overmatched by the eventual Super Bowl champions. The Seahawks went 13-3 that year and destroyed the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Jaguars finished 4-12 that season. Chad Henne played poorly against the Legion of Boom. He completed just 47 percent of his passes, while throwing zero touchdowns and two picks, and finishing with a quarterback rating of 45.2. Russell Wilson, on the other hand, finished with a 67 percent completion percentage, 202 yards and four touchdowns to just one interception. Enough said.
Date: Oct. 11, 2009
Location: Qwest Field, Seattle
Team Stats: Jaguars — 190 passing yards, 38 rushing yards, 10 first downs
Seahawks — 241 passing yards, 143 rushing yards, 24 first downs
Quick recap: This game did not feature some super Seattle team like in 2005 or 2013. The Seahawks finished just 5-11 that year, while the Jaguars were two games better at 7-9. But Seattle shut Jacksonville down, holding the Jags to just 38 rushing yards and ten first downs. It was the Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh show, as Matt Hasselbeck delivered two touchdowns to each of those receivers. Hasselbeck played strongly with 241 yards, four touchdowns and zero picks. Nick Reed took a David Garrard fumble 79 yards straight to the crib, making sure Seattle’s last score of the game was an exclamation point. Blowout city.
Through the Decades
1990s: Tied 1-1
2000-2010: Seahawks 3-1
2011-Present: Seahawks 1-0
Quick thoughts: The Jaguars and Seahawks met in each of Jacksonville’s first two seasons of competition, with Seattle easily taking the first ever meeting, and Jacksonville winning the second ever meeting. Then the Seahawks won the next two games, and three out of four from 2000 through 2010. Seattle also took the lone meeting since 2011, which took place in September of 2013. Of Seattle’s five series wins, only one of them was by seven points or less (2000). And that is the story of how the Seattle Seahawks have owned the Jacksonville Jaguars to this point.
I don’t know about you, but I am really exited for the 2017 rendition. I think it is a tough test for both teams. I give the slight advantage to Jacksonville because they’re at home and have finally started to play well there with three wins in a row at EverBank Field. Plus, traveling from Seattle to Jacksonville may take a tool on some of Seattle’s players (although the 4:25 p.m. start time may combat that). With that said, this one is hard to predict. The Seahawks are rolling right now with great defense and Russell Wilson as a one-man wrecking crew.
The Jaguars are 0-2 against the NFC West this season. Will that change? I’ll leave it up to you guys. Please let us know who you’re going with in the poll below.
Who wins the battle of 8-4 teams?
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