Seattle Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Week 14 NFL Pick from Will Rogers: December 10th 2017

| December 10, 2017

Seattle Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 14 NFL Pick: Seattle +2.5 (December 10th 2017)

The set-up: The Seahawks snapped Philly’s nine-game win streak with a 24-10 win last Sunday and at 8-4, Seattle currently owns the NFC’s No. 5 seed (Seattle has made the playoffs each of the last five seasons and six of the last seven). In one of the many marquee matchups Of Week 14, Seattle will visit the 8-4 Jacksonville Jaguars, who lose a tie-breaker with the 8-4 Titans in the AFC South but like Seattle in the NFC, the Jags own the AFC’s No. 5 seed. The Seahawks have won five of the seven previous meetings between the two teams and rolled to a 45-17 victory in the most recent matchup back on Sep. 22, 2013.

Seattle: The Seahawks hope to keep up their positive mojo off last week’s win over the Eagles. Russell Wilson completed 20 of 31 passes for 227 yards and three TDs vs. Philly, continuing his “one-man” offensive assault. Wilson completes 62.4% with 26 TDs and just eight INTs, averaging 256.3 YPG (96.9 QB rating). he also leads Seattle in rushing, with 432 yards (6.1 YPC  3 TDs). Doug Baldwin is the team’s leading receiver with 63 catches but TE Jimmy Graham has 52 catches and a team-leading nine TD grabs, all in his last eight games!. The defense has lost Sherman and Chancellor for the season but it came up big vs. Wentz and Philly, holding the Eagles to 10 points. For the season, Seattle is allowing 18.5 PPG (8th) on 321.3 YPG (9th).

Jacksonville: The Jaguars are off a 30-10 victory over Indianapolis in their last outing to climb to 8-4 this season but they lose the tie-breaker to the Titans in the AFC South. However, the Jags do own the No. 5 seed. QB Blake Bortles was 26 of 35 for 309 yards (second-highest yardage total of his 2017 season) with two TDs vs. the Colts. Leonard Fournette led the Jags’ ground attack with a modest 57 yards and a TD on 20 carries. After a strong start, he’s cooled off but leads the team with 822 rushing yards (7 TDs). The Jags rank first in the NFL with 149.4 YPG on the ground. Bortles is having a modest season, completing 59.8% with 14 TDs and 8 INTs, while averaging 203.7 YPG (his QB rating is only 83.2). However, he’s kept his mistakes to a minimum and the Jacksonville defense ranks first in points allowed (14.8 per), as well as in total defense (282.5 YPG).

The pick: Pete Carroll is down a few important defensive pieces (Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor) but his D was still able to control Wentz and Philadelphia last Sunday. Seattle’s rush D allows just 98.3 YPG on 3.9 YPC to rank 67th overall and with Fournette no longer hitting on all cylinders, as he has been slowed lately by an ankle injury and doesn’t seem to have the cutting ability and power he did in the first six games of the season. With that in mind, QB Bortles could have problems. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson has seven straight multi-TD passing games and his mobility is a good elixir for Jags’ pass rush. In fact, Wilson is in serious contention for his first MVP award. Take Seattle to win this one.

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