The Jacksonville Jaguars should feel good about their chances heading into their Week 8 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Although they’re a 4-point underdog, they match up favorably. In fact, NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes the Jags are currently the more talented team.
You have probably heard that quarterback is the most important position in football, and the Hawks are the quintessential example of the adage. Without Russell Wilson, they have lost three straight games and are in the cellar of the NFC West. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are coming off the BYE week and look significantly better than they did in the season opener when they resembled the Washington Sentinels and not an NFL team.
Now, that doesn’t mean the Jaguars can go ahead and uncork the champagne already. They still need to show up and beat the Seahawks. Even without Wilson, they can’t look down on Seattle. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin is right by not underestimating Geno Smith, who will be making his third start this season.
If the Jaguars want to earn their second W of the year, they need to make as few mistakes as possible. Also, they will need to keep these five Seahawks in check.
Seahawks players the Jaguars must keep in check No. 1- Gerald Everett, TE
Tight end Gerald Everett’s stat line won’t blow you away but he’s been a reliable target through his NFL career. He signed with the Hawks earlier this year and has hauled in 13 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown in five games.
The Jaguars’ defense will most likely devote plenty of attention to stopping wide receiver Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. That could make them vulnerable in the middle and leave ample opportunities for Everett to do some serious damage.