2. The Jacksonville Jaguars couldn’t stop Geno Smith in Week 8.
Ok, so the Jaguars’ offense couldn’t move the ball on critical downs but how about the defense? How did the unit fare against Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith? Not so well. Edge rushers Dawuane Smoot and Josh Allen constantly cause disruption at the line of scrimmage but the Jags couldn’t stop the 2013 second-round pick.
Smith logged just 195 passing yards but was highly efficient, going 20-of-24. He threw two touchdowns and also found the end zone on a quarterback sneak. He wasn’t flashy but made enough plays to consistently move the chains and the Jaguars had no answer for him. Keep in mind that the Seahawks went 3-of-10 on third downs but made the most of their chances.
Surprisingly, Trevor Lawrence finished with more passing yards than Smith. Also, the Jaguars had more total yards than the Seahawks but couldn’t complete drives and turn the ball often. Meanwhile, Seattle made the most of their possessions even if they didn’t have a great game statistically speaking.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin knew the team couldn’t look down on Smith and probably they didn’t but they didn’t properly prepare for him either. This was arguably the Jaguars’ worst defensive performance on the season. In other games, they made key stops and they kept their opponents in check. That wasn’t the case against the Seahawks when they made Smith look like an elite quarterback. Next on their schedule is Josh Allen, who is a way better passer. It will be interesting to see what kind of fixes the Jags make ahead of Week 9.