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Up next: Jacksonville Jaguars

Posted Sep 17, 2013

It will be the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense against the league’s No. 32-ranked offense on Sunday as Gus Bradley, the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator the past four seasons, brings his Jaguars to CenturyLink Field.


When: Sunday, 1:25 p.m., CenturyLink Field
Record: 0-2 after Sunday’s 19-9 loss to the Raiders in Oakland
Where they rank: No. 32 on offense (30th passing, 28th rushing); No. 9 on defense (31st rushing, 2nd passing)
TV: CBS (KIRO/7 in Seattle), with Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Series: Seahawks lead 4-2, including a 41-0 victory in the last meeting in 2009

STAR POWER

Maurice Jones-Drew. The Jaguars’ three-time Pro Bowl running back strained a tendon in his ankle on Sunday. And that’s the good news, because observers said the injury looked worse when MJD went down and out against the Raiders in Oakland. But an MRI detected the strain, rather than a sprain. “All accounts are that it looks pretty good – I know he felt good this morning,” coach Gus Bradley told reporters on Monday. “That’s good news for us.” Bradley added that while MJD might miss time in practice this week, he could play against the Seahawks. And that would be really good news, as MJD running the ball remains the best option for a Jaguars offense that ranks last in the league and has Chad Henne playing quarterback while Blaine Gabbert is out after lacerating his throwing hand in the season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. After MJD went out, Jordan Todman stepped in and gained 7 yards on five carries.

UNSUNG HERO

Bryan Anger. No one in the league has punted the ball more time than Anger (19), which isn’t surprising when you consider that the Jaguars’ offense is averaging 213.0 yards after two games and has converted 33 percent of its third-down situations (12 of 36) to tie for 23rd in the league. Anger punted a franchise-record 11 times in the opening-day loss to the Chiefs and eight times against the Raiders on Sunday. Anger is averaging 47.6 yards (No. 9 in the league), with a net of 40.6 (No. 16).

ON THE SPOT

Luke Joeckel. The Jaguars’ rookie right tackle, and second pick overall in April’s NFL Draft, had two false start penalties against the Raiders – when there were 49,400 in attendance. Now comes CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks’ 12th Man fans have helped generate a league-high 123 false starts since 2005. Oh, and Joeckel will be, at one time or another, lined up across from Leo ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Each had a sack in the Seahawks’ big win over the 49ers on Sunday night.

BURNING QUESTION

Will staying in the Bay Area this week, rather than flying from Oakland to Jacksonville on Sunday night and then Jacksonville to Seattle on Friday, help the Jaguars? Hey, it can’t hurt.   

NUMBERS TO KNOW

7,340, career rushing yards for Jones-Drew – including 1,606 in 2011 and 1,300-plus in 2009 and 2010. … 7, quarters without a touchdown before the Jaguars scored with 2:53 left to play against the Raiders on Sunday. … 0, turnovers against the Raiders. … 88.9, Henne’s passer rating, which ranks No. 17 in the league. … 104.0, Henne’s passer rating in the fourth quarter, which is No. 5 in the league. … 0, points scored by the Jaguars in the third quarter. … 226, rushing yards by the Raiders on Sunday.

FAMILIAR FACES

THE LAST WORD

“You don’t want to have that negative aura around your team so you focus on getting better.”

Jaguars Linebacker Geno Hayes to the Florida Times-Union

It starts at the top with Bradley, who was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator the past four seasons. On his staff are offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who was the Seahawks quarterbacks coach in 2010; defensive line coach Todd Wash, who held the same position with the Seahawks the past two seasons; and assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus, who was a quality control coach with the Seahawks in 2010-11.

The roster also is stocked with former Seahawks: defensive end Jason Babin (2007-08), cornerback Will Blackmon (who was in training camp this summer), running back Justin Forsett (2008-11), safety Winston Guy (2012) and linebacker Kyle Knox (who was on the practice squad last December).

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks