The Seahawks lost a weird and chippy game to the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The final was 30-24. Seattle used some more fourth quarter magic to make it close. But Seattle may have suffered more than a lost game on Sunday.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson must have been reading some Charles Dickens this week. He has the worst of halves and the best of (mostly) halves. He didn’t lose the game for Seattle, but he almost won it.
Wilson had three interceptions and most were passes that didn’t seem wise to have thrown. But because Wilson is Wilson the fourth quarter became of frenzy of Seahawks scoring. One was a 61 yard touchdown to Pual Richardson. And then another to Tyler Lockett for 74 yards.
The Jaguars did lead 27-10 in the fourth quarter before Wilson exploded. The score was bleak. But what happened up until the Seahawks comeback might be worse. Bobby Wagner left with a hamstring injury. K.J. Wright left with a concussion. Seattle might have lost a game on Sunday; They may have lost too many players to be successful moving forward though.
The weird part about Sunday’s game is that two good defenses each gave up more than 400 yards of total offense. The Jaguars won for the first time when giving up more than 11 points. Jacksonville is good, but their defense is not the 2013 Seahawks. That Seattle team would have never allowed a team to come back in the fourth quarter with two long passes.
But these sound like sour grapes. The Jaguars won and they deserved to do so. Blake Bortles threw for 268 yards and had a quarterback rating of 123.7. Leonard Fournette ran for 101 yards. The Jaguars success was occurring somewhat before Wagner and Wright were lost.
The problem for Seattle is the next two weeks. Next Sunday, Seattle gets the Los Angeles Rams at home. The week after Seattle travels to Dallas to play the Cowboys. Seattle could win both these games. Or lose both.
There will be no Richard Sherman or Kam Chancellor. Possibly no Bobby Wagner or K.J. Wright. But the game ended with several altercations, including Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson. It’s possible the NFL could suspend Bennett or Richardson for next week. A win against the Rams with most of those players gone is not a real possibility.