The Seattle Seahawks are in desperate need of a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend, as the team currently stands at 2-5 on the year.
A season that had so much promise has become an absolute nightmare for the Seattle Seahawks. The team is five games back of the NFC West lead, standing at 2-5 on the year after the tough loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.
This week, the Seahawks have a chance to record a much-needed win, as they’ll be taking on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Will they be able to get things done? We have five bold predictions for this contest, which includes what could be a game to remember for the ground game.
Our 5 bold predictions for Jaguars-Seahawks this weekend
5. RB Alex Collins rushes for two touchdowns
In addition to the injury for Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have also had to deal with the loss of star running back Chris Carson. Carson has been out since Week 4 due to a neck injury and there’s no timetable for his return. With Carson out, it’s been clear that Alex Collins is the go-to option for the ground game.
While Collins isn’t known for being a star running back in the league, he’s still had some strong showings for Seattle and showed flashes at times against the Saints on Monday night. In order for Seattle to take down Jacksonville, they’ve got to get the ground game going.
This will take some pressure off of Geno Smith, who has made it clear he can’t shoulder everything on his right arm. With the Hawks feeding Collins, we think he could end up recording a two-score game in this one. That’d of course be great news for his fantasy owners.
4. Jamal Adams records his first Seahawks interception
This would be something, right? As great as Jamal Adams has been for the Seahawks over the past two seasons, the safety is yet to record an interception for Seattle. This is something fans have actually been calling him out over.
In the loss to the Steelers, he had a ball hit him right in the face. It should have been an easy pick, but he somehow didn’t get his hands up in time. It was a rough play and one that should never happen with a player of Adams’ caliber.
Come Sunday, he’ll be going up against the Jaguars and No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. Jacksonville’s offense has been incredibly inconsistent this year and the Seattle front-seven could force Lawrence into making a mistake or two. Look for Adams to take advantage of this with an interception.
3. Seahawks Keep Lawrence under 200 passing yards
While the offense has sputtered with Wilson out of action, the defense has picked up the slack over the past couple of weeks. This has been great to see, as that hasn’t normally been the case with this team.
In the loss to the Saints, the team held Winston to 222 passing yards and Alvin Kamara to only 51 yards on 20 carries. Against the Jaguars, more of the same will be needed and it will be on the guys up front to put consistent pressure on Lawrence.
We think they’ll be able to do just that, while limiting the rookie signal-caller to less than 200 yards on the day. That’s only happened once this season, in Week 2 against Denver, but Seattle will be ready to answer the call and give Lawrence plenty of problems.
2. Tyler Lockett scores for first time since Week 2
With Wilson out of action, it has surely had a negative impact for the wide receivers on the team. Obviously, this includes speedster Tyler Lockett, who hasn’t found the end zone since Sept. 19 at home against the Titans.
To make things worse, Lockett’s productivity has really dropped in the past couple of weeks. Against the Saints, he was held to two catches for 12 yards. The week before against the Steelers, he posted two receptions for 35 yards.
That has been rough to see for the Seattle faithful, but this cold streak can’t last much longer. Lockett will have a golden opportunity to get things on the right foot going up against Jacksonville. Don’t be surprised at all to see him haul in 5-7 catches and also celebrate after a touchdown.
1. Geno Smith finds a way to lift Seattle over Jacksonville
Unfortunately for Smith, he simply hasn’t played well in his two stars for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks in 2021. While he might be a veteran backup, the Steelers and Saints have made him look terrible in back-to-back games.
With that said, Smith has to wake up and make needed plays this weekend against a struggling Jacksonville side. If Smith chokes again and Seattle falls to 2-6, the writing will be on the wall for Smith and his future with the team.
Having said that, we don’t think Smith will repeat his performances from Week 6 and Week 7. He’ll take advantage of facing Jacksonville and throw for north of 200 yards and at least one score, potentially to Lockett, in a victory for Seattle.Internet Explorer Channel Network