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Seahawks stomp Jaguars, 45-17

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SEATTLE -- Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley spent four years with the Seattle Seahawks as their defensive coordinator.

He received an up-close look Sunday at what he helped to create. It was scary.

The bumbling Jaguars (0-3) received the expected shellacking in Seattle Sunday. The Seahawks pushed to a 31-0 lead before slowing down for a more moderate 45-17 win at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks are 3-0 and already have a two-game lead in the NFC West after San Francisco and St. Louis lost Sunday.

"(We're) not just settling for being 3-0," quarterback Russell Wilson said. "We want to win the whole thing."

Jacksonville scored when it received the ball on the Seahawks' 2-yard line following an interception of Wilson. Those two yards were among the few gained all day by the Jaguars.

The Jaguars had one touchdown the first two weeks. They were lucky to get one Sunday.

In fact, Seattle was so confident in its lead, second-string quarterback Tarvaris Jackson took over in the third quarter. On his first drive, he threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin.

"I think Doug's catch might be the catch of the year for us," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said.

One of the clearest differences between these haves and have nots were responses to turnovers.

The Jaguars created one when safety Johnathan Cyprien stripped Wilson from behind in the second quarter.

It put the Jags into Seahawks territory for the first time. Eight plays later, the Seahawks had the ball back.

Chad Henne's second-down pass went off the helmet of center Brad Meester. Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner popped it back into the air with his right hand, then dove to pick it off.

The Seahawks then went 79 yards in 34 seconds to score and take a 24-0 lead into halftime.

"It sucks because we go down and score and maybe some momentum going into halftime," Henne said. "Just one of those fluke things."

The Jaguars' first-half output was atrocious. They had 52 total yards. That's only because of a vastly improved second quarter offensive output. Jacksonville had -9 yards in the first quarter.

"I think all sides can take blame in this," Bradley said.

Henne's quarterback rating was 15.2 at the break. Wilson's was 149.3. A perfect rating is 158.3.

"We felt sure we were playing good defense, and so if we made a big mistake, we felt we'd have the chance to slow them down," Carroll said.

Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate had four catches for 74 yards in the first half alone. Tight end Zach Miller caught two touchdowns. He had three in the past two years combined for the Seahawks.

Seahawks' kicker Steven Hauschka hit a 21-yard field goal to put the Seahawks up 17-0.

Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee hit a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter. Jordan Todman scored on a 3-yard touchdown run against the Seahawks' backups with 9:06 remaining in the third.

"We are a lot closer," Henne said after the team was on the road for consecutive weeks. "This team is not done."

NOTES: Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has a sprained ankle. ... Seattle defensive tackle Red Bryant left the field with 8:00 left in the third quarter because of back spasms. ... Paul McQuistan started at left tackle in the place of injured Russell Okung, whom the Seahawks placed on short-term injury reserve this week. ... The attendance was 68,087 a week after the Seahawks set a new CenturyLink Field record for paid attendance last week. ... Jacksonville cornerback Will Blackmon had a head injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

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