Snooze and Lose…
In any season before now, the Week 14 matchup between Seattle and Jacksonville could easily take on the label of “trap” game. In recent years, the Jaguars, at this point of the season, have only been a team capable of throwing a wrench in the works of teams vying for playoff positioning. Jacksonville hasn’t finished a season with more than 5 wins since 2010 (8-8). When you think of a “Trap” game, you think of a matchup against a team that should be dispatched easily, relative to the game the following week. The concept is that the “better” team is already looking ahead to the next game, while the current opponent becomes an afterthought. The eventuality is that the forgotten team surprises the favorite and pulls off the unlikely upset, turning the world on its ear.
These Jaguars are not to be overlooked!
This will NOT be the case, however, when the Seahawks travel to Florida on Sunday. These Jaguars are not to be overlooked! At 8-4, the Jags are tied with Tennessee for first in the AFC South. But that’s not the half of it! Jacksonville’s defense is #1 in both points and yards. #1 against the pass, cornerbacks Tashaun Gipson and AJ Bouye lead a ball hawking secondary with 4 INTs a piece. The only perceived weakness of the Jaguars defense would be in stopping the run. 1385 yards against the team is good for only 20th in the league. Fortunately for the Jags, there is no worse team in the NFL, in terms of RB production, than the Seahawks.
Sunday afternoon’s contest will be one of Strength VS Strength. The aforementioned Jacksonville defense will be tested by Russell Wilson, who might be the hottest QB in the league right now. With virtually no running game to speak of, Wilson has accounted for 82.2% of the Seattle offense this season. That’s the highest by any single player in the Super Bowl era. Wilson has been a part of all but 1 of Seattle’s 30 touchdowns this season, and is top 10 in completions, yards, and TDs.
This is not a trap game.
The Seattle defense will also have it’s work cut out. Leonard Fournette leads Jacksonville’s #1 rushing offense with 822 yds and 7 TDs. The consistent running game has been key in Jacksonville’s success this year. The team has fallen short of 100 yds only twice, and has surpassed 150 yds six times this season. It will be a battle on the ground as Seattle’s run defense is one of the best in the league. Only four teams have managed to rush for 100 yds against Seattle this year, and one could argue that two of them were flukes. Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, and Jay Ajayi all had forgettable outings against the Seattle Defense.
When these teams meet on Sunday, it will be a matchup of two very good clubs looking to solidify their positions in the Playoff race. Rest assure, this is not a trap game! For anyone in the Seattle organization to overlook the Jags, would be a huge mistake. It would appear that the team has finally turned the corner we’ve all been waiting for over the last 3 or 4 years, and they show no signs of stopping.
Prediction: 26-19 Seahawks
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