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Week 5 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 0, Seattle Seahawks 41

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB David Garrard, Pass: 18 - 31 - 188 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0

Garrard actually looked good at the start of this game. He was taking chances, throwing downfield with accuracy. He hooked up with Torry Holt for a few first downs, and it appeared that the surprise absence of top receiver Mike Sims-Walker wasn't going to hurt too much after all. When it became apparent that Holt was the only real threat the Jags had -- and when the Seahawks had no trouble handling the ground game -- it became a very long day for Garrard, indeed. The Seahawks defense pressured him all day, resulting in five sacks and two lost fumbles - one of which was returned for a TD, while the other gave the Seahawks the ball at the 30, setting up an easy score. He tried to get the ball to players other than Holt, but with very little success.

QB Luke McCown, Pass: 1 - 1 - 2 - 0 TD / 0 INT

McCown replaced Garrard in 4th quarter, and did not fare much better in his short time on the field.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Rush: 12 - 34 - 0, Rec: 5 - 23 - 0 (5 targets)

Jones-Drew was never able to get anything going. He had one carry of 18 yards in the first half, and didn't gain more than four yards on any one carry the rest of the game. It was a similar story for him catching passes out of the backfield. He caught everything thrown to him, but for very little yardage. He also had one first down catch called back on a penalty.

RB Rashad Jennings, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0

Rookie Rashad Jennings carried the ball once in each half. Since Jones-Drew was ineffective, it appeared that he might see the ball a few more times, but as the game got out of reach, Jacksonville basically abandoned the running game altogether.

WR Torry Holt, Rec: 7 - 95 - 0 (11 targets)

Holt had no trouble getting open early on, and Garrard found him easily. With nearly 100 yards on the day, he was the lone bright spot for an offense that kept on stumbling - and fumbling - just when it seemed ready to score. Holt's only downside was that he never was targeted on deep routes.

WR Jarett Dillard, Rec: 2 - 29 - 0 (3 targets)

Dillard was thrown to late in the game and made the most of the opportunity. He moved the chains on both of his catches, which had the Jags inching closer to scoring territory, when a turnover put the game completely out of reach.

WR Mike Thomas, Rec: 1 - 28 - 0 (2 targets)

Thomas drew in for Sims-Walker, but was only targeted twice and did not catch a pass until the second half.

WR Mike Sims-Walker

Sims-Walker was a surprise scratch. The specific reason was not announced, but the official line was that he was inactive due to a violation of team rules.

TE Marcedes Lewis, Rec: 3 - 13 - 0 (8 targets)

Garrard tried and tried to get him the ball, but Lewis would have none of it. He dropped a pass in the end zone. He was thrown to on screen routes, but stopped. He got open a number of times but could not hang on to the ball. All of his targets were called plays -- as opposed to dump offs as you would normally expect from the TE position. He just couldn't catch the ball.

TE Zach Miller, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (2 targets)

Miller was a checkdown option, but if Marcedes Lewis continues to repel the ball at will, don't be surprised to see Garrard look for Miller more often.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Matt Hasselbeck, Pass: 18 - 30 - 241 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 23 - 0

In his first game back, Hasselbeck didn't miss a beat. If anything he played BETTER than he had before the injury. He had a good rapport with each of his receivers, did a nice job avoiding the sack, and played without fear of getting hit - a good sign that his rib injury is fully healed. The Seahawks used the no-huddle offense a fair bit, with which Hasselbeck was both effective and efficient. His greatest asset was his ability to put the ball where his receivers could catch it, which is slightly different in each case. He made a lot of smart plays and spread the ball out easily, which resulted in a four touchdown day and not much to nitpick at.

RB Edgerrin James, Rush: 16 - 46 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)

James did not receive many important carries. He got tagged for mop up duty to end the half; then again in garbage time, with the 'Hawks up 41-0. If nothing else, he was durable, racking up  carries on nine consecutive plays at one point.

RB Julius Jones, Rush: 12 - 34 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (2 targets)

Jones was the primary ball-carrier for the Seahawks. He did nothing spectacular, but gained just enough yardage with each first and second-down carry - generally 3-4 yards - to make it easier for Hasselbeck to convert the first down.

RB Justin Forsett, Rush: 6 - 43 - 0 (2 targets)

In limited duty, Forsett looked to be the best of the three running backs. He made a nifty 22 yard gain on a HB pass that turned into a run after all. He made good gains each time he touched the ball, but did fumble once as well.

WR Nate Burleson, Rec: 6 - 98 - 2 (8 targets)

Early on, Hasselbeck looked for Burleson deep, and almost got the ball to him. Before long he tried again. The result? A 44 yd TD, in which Burleson shed his coverage, broke two tackles, and outran two defenders en route to the end zone. Aside from the long reception, each of his other catches resulted in either a first down or a touchdown. Because he is more of a deep threat, he complements Houshmandzadeh's shorter routes, and so is not your typical number 2 guy. He gets the same amount of targets, and the way Hasselbeck is able to spread the ball around, that should continue going forward.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Rec: 5 - 77 - 2 (7 targets)

Houshmandzadeh and Hasselbeck are officially on the same page. They made both of his touchdown receptions look easy. Hasselbeck likes to throw to him whether he is covered or not, and more often than not, he comes down with the ball. He also showed why he is the favored red zone target, catching a perfectly thrown fade pass for a score.

WR Deion Branch, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (4 targets)

Branch was effective but was a clear number three on the depth chart behind Burleson and Houshmandzadeh. He has upside, but as long as those two are productive, his chances will be few.

TE John Carlson, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (3 targets)

Carlson wasn't needed all that much as a receiver, since Hasselbeck was able to get the football in the hands of his wideouts so often. He had only two catchable balls thrown to him, and converted both for first downs.