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1:25 p.m., CenturyLink Field

TV: Ch. 7. Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM.

The series: The Seahawks lead the series 4-2, winning three of the past four, including a 41-0 victory in their most recent meeting on Oct. 11, 2009 in Seattle. The 2005 Seahawks opened up their Super Bowl XL season with a 26-14 loss to the Jaguars at Jacksonville.

What to watch: As 19-point favorites, the Seahawks are considered likely to be off to a 3-0 start, a record they’ve achieved five times previously (’86, ’98, ’03, ’04, ’06). They’ve never been 4-0, though. The Jaguars are rated last in the NFL in total offense (213 yards) and scoring (5.5 per game). Seattle, meanwhile, has the league’s top defense in five major categories. Issues for the Seahawks, though, include the health of their offensive linemen as Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung has been ruled out with a toe injury. Versatile Paul McQuistan will move from left guard to Okung’s spot, and James Carpenter will start at left guard. The game will mark the return of defensive end Chris Clemons, who has been out with a knee injury since the NFC wild-card game at Washington on Jan. 6. Also, cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring) has missed both games but is expected to start. Key injuries to Jacksonville include QB Blaine Gabbert (out, hand) and RB Maurice Jones-Drew (questionable, ankle).

The pick: Seahawks, 31-0.

Prime numbers


No. Name Pos.Ht.Wt.Year

7 Chad Henne QB6-3230sixth

Henne is expected to get the start. His rating of 88.9 is reasonable but he’s been sacked five times.

32 Maurice Jones-Drew RB5-7210eighth

Jags top running back suffered ankle sprain against Oakland and is questionable.

21 Justin Forsett RB5-8194sixth

Forsett was a backup and return guy in Seattle who will see playing time if Jones-Drew is slowed.

58 Jason Babin LB6-326710th

Babin had 18 sacks for Eagles in 2011 and will provide a pass-rush challenge for Seattle with tackle Russell Okung out.


No. Name Pos.Ht.Wt.Year

3 Russell Wilson QB5-11206second

Wilson completed just eight passes against San Francisco. Jags are second in league in pass defense.

24 Marshawn Lynch RB5-11215seventh

Lynch has averaged just 3.1 per carry after averaging 5.0 last season. Jags give up 5.7 yards-per-carry average.

67 Paul McQuistan LT6-6315eighth

McQuistan moving into Russell Okung’s spot and faces speed rushes from Jaguars’ Babin.

91 Chris Clemons Leo6-325410th

The Seahawks’ leading sacker gets his first action of the year.