Three games into the 2013 season, the Seahawks have a two-game lead in the NFC West.
That will happen on a day when you dispatch a winless Jacksonville Jaguars 45-17, which the Seahawks did at CenturyLink Field on Sunday; and the other three teams in the division lose.
Russell Wilson tied his career-high by throwing four touchdown passes before giving way to backup Tarvaris Jackson, who threw for one score and ran for another.
The Seahawks are 3-0 for the first time since 2006, and also have won 10 home games in a row dating back to last season to tie the second-longest streak in franchise history that was set in 2002-04.
After back-to-back wins at home, the Seahawks take to the road the next two weeks to play the Texans in Houston next Sunday and the Colts in Indianapolis on Oct. 6. The last time the Seahawks played both those teams on the road in the same season was 2009, and they lost to each – 34-17 to the Colts and 34-7 to the Texans.
Against the Jaguars on Sunday, the teams exchanged three-and-out possessions to open the game, before Seahawks drove 71 yards in seven plays to a 1-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to tight end Zach Miller with 8:04 left in the quarter. The drive included a 20-yard run by wide receiver Golden Tate after taking a lateral from Wilson and a 27-yard run by Marshawn Lynch to the Jaguars’ 24. Lynch carried three times for 35 yards and it was Wilson’s play-action fake to Lynch on a third-and-goal play that allowed Miller to be wide open in the right side of the end zone.
The Seahawks drove to the Jaguars’ 29 on their next possession, but Jaguars’ defensive end Jason Babin beat right tackle Breno Giacomini to sack Wilson on third-and-2, ending the drive and taking the Seahawks out of field-goal range.
The Seahawks’ defense, meanwhile, picked up where they left off last week, forcing a trio of three-and-outs on the Jaguars’ three first-quarter possessions. The Jaguars ran nine plays in the quarter and the Seahawks stopped them for a loss five times.
Wilson to Miller worked again on the second play of the second quarter, capping a six-play, 40-yard TD drive that started in the opening quarter. Again, as was the case on their first-quarter scoring connection, Miller was wide open in the right corner of the end zone on the first-and-goal play. Wilson’s 20-yard pass to Golden Tate on third-and-10 set up the TD pass.
The Seahawks stretched their lead to 17-0 with 9:40 left in the half on a 21-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka. The Seahawks had a first-and-goal from the 5, but the Jaguars stopped Lynch for a 1-yard loss on first down and a 2-yard loss on third down.
The Seahawks made it 24-0 as Wilson passed 11 yards to Sidney Rice for a TD with 10 seconds to play. Wilson was 4 of 4 on the five-play, 79-yard drive, including completions of 30 to Tate and 23 yards to Rice. Wilson was 6 of 6 on the two TD drives in the quarter.
Bobby Wagner, the Seahawks’ second-year middle linebacker, made sure the Jaguars did not score after recovering a fumble at the Seattle 44. On a Chad Henne pass that initially kissed off the helmet of center Brad Meester, Wagner tipped the ball into the air and then made a lunging interception to set up Wilson’s TD pass to Rice.
On the drive to Hauschka’s field goal, Wilson hit a 17-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse. Kearse was the only wide receiver on the field, as the Seahawks were in a two-tight, two-back set. He also was on the left side, with the tight ends on the right side. Wilson went to him anyway, and Kearse made the catch. But Kearse injured an ankle on the play and did not return to the game.
Wilson threw his fourth TD pass of the game – tying his career high – on the Seahawks’ third play of the third quarter. This one was a 23-yard pass to Sidney Rice. The TD was set up when nose tackle Brandon Mebane recovered Denard Robinson’s fumble out of a wild-cat formation on the third play of the half.
The Jaguars scored their second TD of the season with 6:20 left in the quarter on a 2-yard run by Maurice Jones-Drew. The score was set up when Wilson’s third-down pass from the end zone went off wide receiver Golden Tate and was intercepted by Jaguars’ linebacker Paul Posluszny and returned 9 yards.
The Seahawks got on the board again with 1:28 left in the quarter, this time on Doug Baldwin’s one-handed grab of a 35-yard pass from QB Tarvaris Jackson for a TD that made it 38-7. Jackson, who took over for Wilson on the series, was 3 of 3 for 49 yards on the five-play, 58-yard drive.
The Jaguars then used a 59-yard pass play from Chad Henne to Cecil Shorts to set up a 33-yard Josh Scobee field goal with 6 seconds left in the quarter.
After making an acrobatic interception to set up a score in the second quarter, Wagner had four tackles in the third quarter to go with the game-high five he had in the first half.
The Jaguars made it 38-17 when Jordan Todman scored on a 3-yard run with 9:06 left in the game to cap a nine-play, 52-yard drive that included an 8-yard run by Jones-Drew on fourth-and-1 and followed an 18-yard Jon Ryan punt that LaRoy Reynolds got a hand on.
The Seahawks made it 45-17 when Jackson scored on a 5-yard run with 6:32 left. The Seahawks’ backup QB set up his own TD with consecutive completions of 14 yards to Tate, 35 yards to rookie tight end Luke Willson and 23 yards to No. 3 tight end Kellen Davis to open the five-play, 80-yard drive.
The Jaguars were driving again, but strong safety Kam Chancellor intercepted a Chad Henne pass on third-and-5 from the Seattle 14.