Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

10 Takeways from Seahawks-Jaguars

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

10 Takeways from Seahawks-Jaguars

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Ten takeaways from the Jaguars' 30-24 win over Seattle on Sunday:

1. The Jaguars' offensive line was terrific in pass protection. They gave up no sacks and quarterback Blake Bortles fell to the turf just twice in 28 drop-backs - a Michael Bennett hit (after beating right guard A.J. Cann) and when he tripped over a teammate's foot in the second half. That's it. Seattle blitzed only four times (14.3 percent). Bortles was 2-of-4 passing for 28 yards against extra pressure.

2. We projected a low-sack, heavy-pressure game for the Jaguars' pass rush because of Seattle's below-average offensive line and quarterback Russell Wilson's ability to escape. The Jaguars rushed on only three of 42 drop-backs (7.1 percent). They had two sacks, four hits and eight pressures. The sacks: Yannick Ngakoue in 4.77 seconds on third-and-3 in the third quarter and Malik Jackson in 2.27 seconds on third-and-1 on the Seahawks' final drive.

3. The Jaguars' three blitzes: Five-man rush on first-and-10 - linebacker Blair Brown blitzed and forced Wilson to commit an intentional grounding penalty; five-man rush on second-and-12 - cornerback Aaron Colvin blitzed from the slot, leaving receiver Doug Baldwin, who outran linebacker Paul Posluszny on an over route for a 43-yard gain; and on Seattle's final snap, a six-man rush - Posluszny and linebacker Myles Jack blitzed up the middle and Wilson threw incomplete in 2.56 seconds.

4. Bortles was 4-of-5 passing for 140 yards on attempts that traveled at least 16 yards in the air: Incompletion (17 yards), 18 yards to Marqise Lee (no yards after the catch), an 18-yard touchdown to Dede Westbrook (one yard post-catch), a 75-yard touchdown by Keelan Cole (40 yards after the catch) and a 29-yard catch by Westbrook (three yards post-catch).

5. The Jaguars were booked for five missed tackles: One apiece by Calais Campbell, Dawaune Smoot, Dante Fowler, Abry Jones and Tashaun Gipson.

6. A key sequence in the second half occurred after cornerback A.J. Bouye's second interception. A false start penalty on left tackle Cam Robinson (he had two in the game) pushed the Jaguars back to their 1-yard line. …

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