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Week 14 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 30

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Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson continues to be not only matchup proof, but game score proof as well. Whether gaining yards through the air or on the ground, coming from behind or playing ahead in a tight contest, his fantasy numbers rank consistently high. With a three touchdown game, he has now scored multiple TDs in 8 straight games. Doug Baldwin turned in a decent final line, including a touchdown that sparked the team. Paul Richardson looked the part of a true #2 WR, but that can’t be counted on from week to week. Tyler Lockett had his best game since week 8 in overall yardage, including returns, but as with Richardson, one big scoring play turned his day from a fantasy miss to a hit. Meanwhile, Jimmy Graham was a complete dud, only getting noticed for a bad drop on the final would-be comeback drive, which stalled two plays later. The running game, it must be said, has legs, folks. Mike Davis, who was injured in the third quarter looked to have solidified the lead job, and should be back next week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

This was the most impressive performance by the Jaguars offense all season when you take into account the opponent. They scored 27 of their points in the second half that was a tone setter thanks to explosive plays in the passing game and bruising running by Leonard Fournette. The Jaguars offense, after falling stagnant in Arizona, is picking up steam.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 31 - 271 - 3 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 5 - 50 - 0
Wilson nearly carried the Seahawks to a comeback, falling just short in the end. His near-heroics were a sight – with two long touchdown passes in the final ten minutes of the game – but he also dug his own hole, starting with three interceptions on the day to go along with his three offensive scores. Early on, Wilson looked his usual self: calm under pressure, as he waited for a receiver to get open. He wasn’t afraid to run the ball early, which led to his 50 yard total on the ground, but made some poor decisions that led to turnovers, and they would be costly. One in particular mistake was a throw to Jimmy Graham, who was overtaken at the last second for the pick. But the defender passed Graham with such ease, that he seemed to be baiting Wilson to throw and as soon as he did, turned on the jets and snagged the ball easily. Wilson’s trust in his receivers is everything. He throws to them in coverage and (obviously) when he finds them wide open. Against the Jags, he tried to get the ball to Baldwin a couple of times in tight situations. In each case, the throw was just off and that was enough for the the turnover to happen. On the good side, he did finally find Baldwin in a seam over the middle for a score, which sparked the attempted comeback. Going into the 4th quarter his confidence has never been higher, as evidenced by his gutsy deep TD throws to Richardson and Lockett. Also worth noting is that Jimmy Graham was invisible and it really hurt Wilson’s red zone game.

RB Mike Davis, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 66 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (2 targets)
Davis had sealed up the starting gig by the time he got injured in the 3rd quarter. By then, it seems they decided to hold him out just in case, while the Seahawks played catch up Davis is expected to play in next week’s game, however. He had a couple of runs worth noting – showing excellent vision, cut back move, and ability to shed tackles past scrimmage. Davis other noteworthy accomplishment is his continued use as a check down option in the passing game, though it won’t show up on the scoresheet. He took a screen pass for a big gain, that unfortunately came back on a penalty, and seems to have gained his team and quarterback’s trust in that department.

RB J.D. McKissic, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 15 - 0, Rec: 5 - 20 - 0 (5 targets)
With the emergence (and presumed health) of Mike Davis as the lead back, McKissic played a purely complimentary role, though he’s a bit of a wild card any time he’s on the field. McKissic still often lines up wide, and so is important to the passing game, and is a dangerous weapon out of the backfield as well. He won’t run inside very often, and his snaps remain limited, but when he touches the ball, you can feel the excitement level rise a little.

WR Tyler Lockett, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 10 - 0, Rec: 4 - 90 - 1 (5 targets)
Lockett had a great overall game, though it took a 74-yard TD with under four minutes to go, to make his day fantasy worthy. He had a chance in the end zone earlier in the game, but wasn’t able to hang on to the leaping one-handed reception he would have had to make to hold on to it. He’s a home run threat every game, but lacks the volume to find any consistency. The fact that Jimmy Graham disappeared in this game gave him a few more opportunities than usual.

WR Doug Baldwin, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 78 - 1 (6 targets)
Baldwin had no chance on a couple of throws that became interceptions, which were either a poor QB decision or a poor throw – or both. Later in the game, Baldwin found a little pocket down the middle, between 4 defenders, and caught a TD pass that started the near comeback. The fact that Russell Wilson kept going to him after the two picks speaks volumes. Start him with confidence.

WR Paul Richardson, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 72 - 1 (7 targets)
Richardson was featured early on, a testament to his ability to get open against a tough defense. In the end, however, his biggest contribution was a long catch-and-run beaty of a TD for 61 yards, that brought the Seahawks within striking distance. All that is stopping Richardson’s value from ascending is his limited opportunity.

TE Jimmy Graham, 38 offensive snaps (2 targets)
The Jags had Graham’s number all game. He finished with no catches on two targets, one of which was intercepted and the other was a glaring drop on the would-be game winning drive, that would have moved the chains. Instead, the drive fizzled a couple of plays later. He looked extremely sluggish and unfocused on those two plays. He’s been on the injury report almost every week – this is purely speculative, of course -- so he may simply not be playing at 100% right now.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Blake Bortles, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 27 - 268 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - -2 - 0
Bortles turned in a career performance in what was the most important game of his career up to this point. The Jaguars got him into a rhythm early on by utilizing quick hitting passing plays and crossers behind the Seahawks linebackers. He was not sacked on the day largely due to the fact that he got the ball out quickly and his pocket presence. He frequently stepped up against the Seahawks edge rush and delivered passes over the head of their second level. His two best throws were his touchdown passes, both vertical throws. The first to Dede Westbrook was placed behind Westbrook so that he had to slow for the ball, but he did this because there was a safety trying to cut off Westbrook from the end-zone. His 75-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Cole was possible because of his eye movement. He held the safety and then quickly moved off of him and threw a strike downfield that hit Cole in stride.

RB Leonard Fournette, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 101 - 1, Rec: 4 - 18 - 0 (6 targets)
For the first time in some time, Fournette looked like Fournette again. He didn't break any super long runs but he consistently picked up juncos of four and five yards and helped grind down the Seattle defense. He was much more decisive hitting the hole this week and he did not shy away from any contact. He showed explosion and an ability to move a pile. His best run came on the final true play from scrimmage. On 3rd-and-eleven, Fournette took the handoff behind a pulling guard off the left tackle's side. He found a lane and then galloped past the Seahawks second level before they released, effectively ending the game.

RB Chris Ivory, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 48 - 0
Ivory had a huge run to set up the Jaguars first field goal and the only first half points in the game. He hit the hole and then spun out of an Earl Thomas tackle before clearing he second and third levels. He did a much better job of saying upright and initiating contacts.

WR Dede Westbrook, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 81 - 1 (8 targets)
Westbrook had his best game as a pro. He looked like a veteran wideout thanks to his ability to adjust to passes and secure them. He made three huge catches on the day; the first one was on a sluggo route where he beat the corner early in the route thanks to smooth release. He created a window to throw the ball but an under throw forced him to stop in his tracks almost completely. He rotated his body and shielded the ball from the corner while lowering himself to the ground for the ball and a 20+ yard gain. His next big play was the aforementioned touchdown, the first of his career. He once again created a window for Bortles thanks to his quickness and his routes and was able to finish the catch through contact. His final big catch was a third down conversion in the fourth quarter. He ran a slant off of the line and Bortles quickly delivered the ball but the window could not have been more tighter. Westbrook used his body to secure the ball and held onto it through contact from several defenders.

WR Marqise Lee, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 65 - 0 (6 targets)
Lee had another solid game for the Jaguars and was used as their possession WR. He did not receive one deep target but nearly every one of his targets came across the middle of the field, be it crossing routes, dig routes, or slants. He made several contested caches to move the chains, primarily in the first half, against both Shaquille Griffin and Earl Thomas. He showed quickness and vision after the catch as well as he gained several yards after every catch. Lee did not find the end zone but it is clear that there is trust between him and his quarterback.

WR Keelan Cole, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 99 - 1 (3 targets)
Cole only had a handful of catches but he had the biggest play of the game, and the year, for the Jaguars offense. Matched up with a linebacker, Cole ran a post and torched the linebacker down the field, showing the deep speed he has shown all season. Bortles lead him with the pass and, though he had to reach out for it, he was able to secure the deep pass, which has been his Achilles heel this season. He then outran the rest of the Seattle defense for the score. He shows terrific quickness from the slot and has truly improved every week.