No, it wasn’t that divisive kind of division that can create cracks even in a team that’s as “I’m In” as the Seahawks. It’s just that at one end of the locker room the offensive players were basking in the glow of just having scored six touchdowns – two more than in their first two games – and rolling up a season-high 479 yards in a 45-17 victory, while at the other the defensive players were miffed that they had allowed the winless Jaguars to score that many points while generating 265 yards.
“We’re disappointed,” All-Pro cornerback
“So it feels good to get the win, but obviously we wanted to play better.”
“We were kind of messing up on a lot of plays and people weren’t fitting up right,” Chancellor said. “I don’t know what was going on really. We did put a lot of younger guys in.”
That the coaches did, as the backups played the fourth quarter, when the Jaguars got 107 of their yards and also scored a touchdown.
“That still can’t be an excuse,” Chancellor said. “We want our backups to be ready and prepared, as if they were starters. I still don’t feel that happy right now. … I still think it’s too many yards, and we hold ourselves to a higher standard. You can ask anybody that and they’ll say the same thing, that’s too many yards.”
In their season opener, the Carolina Panthers had seven points and 253 yards. In their home opener, the San Francisco 49sd had three points and 207 yards. In the last five regular-season games in 2012, the defense surrendered 17 points and 358 yards to the Chicago Bears; 0 points and 154 yards to the Arizona Cardinals; 17 points and 333 yards to Buffalo Bills; 13 points and 313 yards to the 49ers; and 13 points and 331 yards to the St. Louis Rams.
Just as we all expected, the Seahawks had a good defense that has only gotten better – one that won’t settle for anything less than its best on any given Sunday against any given opponent.
With that said, here’s a look at three things that worked against the Jaguars and three things that need work as the Seahawks prepare for this week’s game against the Texans in Houston:
Oh, and he threw four touchdown passes for the second time in his career – and second time in the past five regular-season games. Last Dec. 23, Wilson completed only 15 passes against the 49ers at CenturyLink Field, but four went for scores – to running back
That’s eight TD passes to five different players, and three different positions.
The tight ends – Miller had the first two-TD game of his seven-season NFL career, but rookie
Willson contributed a 35-yarder and Davis a 23-yarder, on back-to-back plays, to the drive that produced the Seahawks’ final touchdown. Willson also had a 15-yarder on the drive to the first TD.
“The tight ends had a big day if you put all their numbers together,” coach Pete Carroll said.
OK, let’s do it: nine receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns; and eight of those nine catches produced first downs.
Is there room for one more in the Legion of Boom?
“You know, it was a nice pick, it was a nice play by him,” Sherman said. “We’re already going back and forth with their celebration and our celebration. They’re standing a little too close.”
What needs work
Pass protection – The Jaguars sacked Wilson twice and hit him four other times. While that’s not horrible, the Jaguars are not the Texans, either. With J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and company waiting in Houston, protecting No. 3 better this week is perhaps Priority One.
Punt protection – Two games, one block and one deflection on
Early-start protection – The game against the Texans is the second of five for the Seahawks with 10 a.m. West Coast starts. They got out of Carolina with a win in their opener, but started slowly. That might not work out as well in Houston.