The Seahawks got a much-needed bounce-back win over Jacksonville on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak—the team's first since 2011—dominating in all phases of the game to earn a 31-7 victory at Lumen Field.
Here are five rapid reactions to Sunday's win, which improved the Seahawks' record to 3-5 heading into their bye:
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1. Geno Smith was on fire to start the game.
Seattle's Week 7 loss to the Saints was a tough game for the entire offense, including quarterback Geno Smith, as a tough New Orleans defense and some nasty weather made things difficult on the Seahawks.
On Sunday, however, Smith and his weapons were on fire to start the game, with Smith completing his first 14 attempts to start the game as the Seahawks built a 17-0 halftime lead. Smith finally threw an incomplete pass late in the half, finishing the half 14 of 15 for 137 yards and a touchdown, giving him a 126.9 passer rating, and he also had a touchdown run on a fourth-and-goal sneak from the 1-yard line.
With a big lead the Seahawks didn't throw a ton in the second half, but Smith remained efficient while also throwing a second touchdown pass to DK Metcalf, and he finished the afternoon 20 for 24 for 195 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 128.3 passer rating.
2. Seattle's defense continues to play very well.
The Seahawks defense felt like it had turned a corner with the way it played in Seattle's previous two games against Pittsburgh and New Orleans, and on Sunday Seattle was dominant on that side of the ball against No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the Jacksonville offense.
Unfortunately for the Seahawks, they weren't quite able to get their first shutout since blanking the Bears in Week 3 of the 2015 season—the Jaguars scored with less than 2 minutes to play in the game—but it was still a great day for the defense.
Even with two the Seahawks playing very conservative coverage late in the game with a big lead, Seattle still held the Jaguars to 20 first downs, 309 yards and a 5-for-13 third-down conversion rate, numbers that all looked a lot better before Jacksonville's final two drives with the score out of hand.
Prior to the late touchdown drive, Jacksonville failed to reach the red zone through three-plus quarters, with none of its previous nine possessions getting farther than the Seattle 38-yard line.
And while there was only one sack, courtesy a blitzing Ryan Neal, the Seahawks did make Lawrence uncomfortable, hitting him seven times, and with four batted passes at the line of scrimmage, two by Carlos Dunlap II and one each by Al Woods and Rasheem Green.
3. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf both had great games.
Tyler Lockett got off to a torrid start this season, catching 12 passes for 278 and three touchdowns in Seattle's first two games, but his production has cooled off since then. It's not that Lockett has played poorly since, he just hasn't been targeted as often, and as a result he never had more than five catches or 57 over Seattle's next five games, and Lockett had only two catches in each of the past two games for a total of 47 yards.
On Sunday, Smith targeted Lockett early and often, with Lockett catching eight passes for 92 yards before halftime, and 12 for 142 in the game. Lockett's yardage total was the fourth highest of his career, and it was the 13th 100-yard game of his career, 16th including postseason games.
Metcalf, meanwhile, had a quieter day in terms of total production, with six catches for 43 yards, but two of those catches were touchdowns, both against former Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, and the first of which was a spectacular, leaping grab over Griffin on a well-placed back-shoulder throw from Smith.
4. Quandre Diggs is an interception machine.
With the Jaguars moving the ball in the second quarter of what was then a one-score game, Quandre Diggs undercut a deep pass attempt from Trevor Lawrence that was underthrown—or the receiver ran too deep of a route—making for an easy interception for the Seahawks safety.
The interception was Diggs' team-leading third of the season, and it also made him the only player in the NFL to have at least three interceptions in each of the past five seasons. The streak goes back to 2017 Diggs' third season with the Lions, with him recording three interceptions that season. He added three more with the Lions in 2018, three with the Seahawks in 2019, and a career-best five last year on his way to Pro-Bowl honors.
5. Two new starters emerge after competitions at cornerback and center.
Over the last two games, Sidney Jones IV and Tre Brown have split playing time at left cornerback, with Jones starting, but with Brown seeing significant playing time in both games. On Sunday, however, Brown got the start, and played nearly the entire game, with Jones subbing in for a series early, but Brown playing the rest of the way. While things can always change from week to week, for now at least, it looks like the rookie out of Oklahoma has won a starting spot. Jones did come back in the game in the fourth quarter at right cornerback to replace an injured D.J. Reed.
The other question mark when it came to starting lineups was at center, with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll saying during the week that Ethan Pocic would get playing time, though Carroll did not name a starter. Kyle Fuller has started in that spot all season, but with Pocic recently coming back from a knee injury, he was able to win back the job he held last season, and started Sunday.
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