Not throwing a single pass? Jackson never even got on the field for the Bills last season after the quarterback was traded by the Seahawks to Buffalo last August.
But after Jackson had completed 7 of 8 passes for 129 yards and a 35-yard touchdown pass to
“Whenever you get four touchdown passes, that’s a good day,” Jackson said of Wilson’s partial day, when the second-year QB was also 14 of 21 for 202 yards.
Before all was said and run – and passed and caught – the Seahawks had compiled 479 offensive yards and scored six touchdowns. They scored on four of their first five possessions, and again after getting the ball with only 44 seconds left in the half. They scored on three in their four trips into the red zone. They had only four penalties for 24 yards, after compiling 19 for 183 yards in their first two games.
“That’s the way we need to play football,” said Wilson, whose four TD passes tied his career-best total from a 42-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last December when he completed only 15 passes.
“When we do that, when we stay on schedule, we’re hard to stop.”
“I don’t like people scoring on our defense,” middle linebacker and leading tackler
The defense did hold the Jaguars to three-and-outs on their first four possessions. Wagner made an acrobatic interception of a pass he tipped to set up the TD just before the half and strong safety
“I don’t feel that happy right now,” Chancellor said. “Interception, yeah, alright. But I still think we gave them too many yards. We hold ourselves to a higher standard than that. You ask anybody and they’ll say the same thing – 'too many yards'.”
Regardless, the Seahawks not only are 3-0 for the first time since 2006, they have a two-game lead in the NFC West because the other three teams in the division lost Sunday – including the two-time defending champion 49ers, who fell at home to the Indianapolis Colts 27-7.
“An exciting day for the NFC West,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Big day for us; the other teams struggled and all that. Glad we could take advantage of the opportunity to get this win.”
“When we have these back to back games at home, we have to come through and play great if we’re going to be really substantial at home. And we did that,” Carroll said. “First shot that we got, we got two games and it puts us in a good spot right now.
“I’m looking forward to next week already.”
Not so fast. There was too much about Sunday’s game to relish, and rehash.
Like Wilson’s first TD pass. It went to tight end
“That was a full sell on that one,” Miller said. “I go down and fake the cut (block) and everything and then came out. They bit about as hard as you could. It worked even better than we thought it would.”
Then there was Wilson’s second TD pass to wide receiver
“We came off play-action,” Wilson said. “They did a good job of covering everything up. We had two guys running the over and Sidney kind of running the end zone. Right before I was about to throw it to the over, I saw Sidney (motion), ‘Hey, throw it up.’ I kind of looked at the safety and I was like, “Alright, here ya go.’ You give a guy a shot and he made a tremendous catch.”
Even though the ball was thrown right were a couple of Jaguars defensive backs were, as Rice was making his way across the north end zone.
So was the five-play, 79-yard touchdown drive that took only 34 seconds near the close of the half, and included Wilson’s 30-yard pass to
“Sidney and I were talking after that drive, and that’s the biggest drive we’ve had so far,” Wilson said. “I think it’s the most important thing that we did today. To have the ball … and to have only 44 seconds left on the clock before half. Obviously our goal is to get a field goal, or end with the ball. But we also want to take shots and move the ball and get another touchdown.
“So that was awesome.”
And of course there was Baldwin’s one-handed grab of a 35-yard pass from Jackson.
“Honestly, I didn’t think it was that difficult,” Baldwin said. “We practice those every day. So it’s just something you get used to.”
In a game that left the defense kicking itself, the offense came out kicking. And even got Jackson some long awaited snaps.
“That’s one of the good guys,” Baldwin said. “You always want to see the good guys excel. I can’t say enough about Tarvaris. The type of person he is. The type of player he is. It’s heartwarming to see him do well.”