> Our Dave Boling points out it wasn’t a good day for the NFC West, outside of the Seahawks, or for other “contenders” in the NFC.
With the 45-17 win over Jacksonville on Sunday, the Seahawks are 3-0, and although much of the conference is crumbling around them, they say it’s premature to look around at the standings or make grand presumptions.
Then I’ll do it for them. The biggest challenge the Seahawks will face this season is the two consecutive road trips, at Houston and Indianapolis, that are next on the schedule.
If they can even split the next two, they’re a threat to run the table and easily earn home-field advantage through the playoffs.
> Our other columnist, John McGrath, says Golden Tate is making his mark as a playmaker, especially with Percy Harvin yet to be in the mix:
An ebullient sort more prone to smile than lose himself in deep thoughts, Tate appeared to have a downsized role after the Hawks acquired Harvin for a 2013 first-round draft choice, along with a No. 3 and No. 7 in 2014. Considering Tate’s contract status — his rookie deal expires after this season — he was looking like he might be the odd man out.
And though coach Pete Carroll emphasized that the trade with the Vikings was all about Harvin and not a repudiation of Tate, there’s only so many all-purpose threats an offensive huddle can accommodate.
> Here’s our notebook talking about the return of Brandon Browner and Chris Clemons.
> Jacksonville is taking stock of just how bad things are. From the Florida Times-Union:
The Jaguars don’t have anything — no wins, no rhythm on offense, no consistency on defense and no end to the losing in sight.
As the largest underdog in team history (19½ points), the Jaguars posed little resistance to the rolling Seattle Seahawks, dropping a 45-17 decision at rainy-turned-sunny CenturyLink Field.
> The Everett Heralds’ John Boyle said the Seahawks do what good teams do. From Boyle:
They got ahead, dominated on both sides of the ball, and eventually emptied their bench on the way to a comfortable victory. Yet as much as this was the expected outcome, it shouldn’t be taken for granted. Very few people thought the 49ers would lose at home to the Colts Sunday, or that the Packers and Falcons, two of the NFC’s top teams a year ago, would both be 1-2.
> Peter King ranks the Seahawks second, behind Denver, in his Fine 15.
> Apparently, Frank Gore wasn’t happy with Jim Harbaugh.
RB Frank Gore was angry at Jim Harbaugh at the end of the game. For good reason. He had only 4 touches in the second half.— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) September 23, 2013
> Texans star receiver Andre Johnson left the game Sunday with a bruised shin and is unsure if he will be ready to play against the Seahawks.
> The Texans were blown out by the Ravens, which scored on defense and special teams. From the Houston Chronicle:
If the Texans’ offense is this hapless against the Ravens, imagine how helpless it might be against a Seattle defense that specializes in pulverizing opponents and just might be the NFL’s best.
“This better be a wake-up call because we can’t keep playing like this,” inside linebacker Brian Cushing said. “We keep digging holes, and good teams like the Ravens make you pay for that. We’ve got to get going from the beginning.”