Seahawks vs. Jaguars

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When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m., Qwest Field

Records: Seahawks 1-3, Jaguars 2-2

TV: KIRO/7 (Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots)

Radio: 710 EPSN and KIRO-FM/97.3 (Steve Raible, Warren Moon, Jen Mueller)

Matchup microscope

Seahawks MLB Lofa Tatupu vs. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew: This is not a one-man task, but Tatupu will have to be the leaders of the Seahawks’ gang-tackling efforts against the Jaguars’ short (5 foot 7) but powerful and productive back. MJD is tied for second in the league with five touchdowns, seventh in the league with 296 rushing yards and 10th in total yards (393). The Jaguars get him the ball as often as possible, and in as many ways as possible. Tatupu has to make sure MJD doesn’t do as much as possible with his touches.

One to watch

Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks’ three-time Pro Bowl quarterback has not played since fracturing a rib in the first half of the Week 2 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. He did practice this week, and looked better each day. Hasselbeck has yet to take a hit, however. But just getting him back will be a boost not only for the offense, but the entire team – especially tight end John Carlson, who had six catches in each of the first two games, but has a total of eight in the past two.

Fun to watch

Seahawks FS Jordan Babineaux vs. Jaguars QB David Garrard. Again, this is not a mano-a-mano matchup. But Babineaux cannot allow Garrard to go off on the Seahawks the way he did against the Titans last week (three TD passes, to tie his career high, and 323 yards). Garrard also usually finds a way to be at his best when playing against NFC teams. Since 2007, he has 11 touchdown passes and four interceptions against NFC opponents for an 89.4 passer rating. Babineaux needs to find a way to stem this tide and come up with a big play –or two – himself.

Notable

The Jaguars have forced nine turnovers, which ties for third most in the league, and are plus-4 in turnover ratio. The Seahawks have four turnovers, which ties for second fewest in the league, and are minus-4 in turnover ratio. … Marcedes Lewis, the Jags’ 6-6, 275-pound tight end, is averaging 16.3 yards on his 11 receptions. … In two home games, Seahawks RB Julius Jones is averaging 107.5 rushing yards and 5.7 yards per carry. … The Jaguars are looking for back-to-back road wins for the first time since 2007. … Babineaux leads the Seahawks in tackles (28), while MLB Justin Durant is the Jaguars leading tackler (35).


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