Written by Taryn Usher, CNNLos Angeles, California
The Miami Dolphins may be struggling in their pursuit of the AFC East title and a first-round bye, but their AFC South rivals continue to roll.
Atlanta shut down struggling Jacksonville, 31-7, handing the Jaguars their fourth consecutive defeat.
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The Jaguars (1-2) never managed to get going against the Seahawks (2-1), in a game played in rain and sunshine.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns, while running back Chris Carson — acquired via trade in the offseason — rushed for 124 yards and two scores.
“They made me look pretty bad tonight,” said Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, after his team’s 31st-straight game without a victory.
“I didn’t feel comfortable in the pocket tonight. That’s not fair to our guys. They put so much time in on their own and to have it put on them is disappointing.”
The teams’ last matchup was also played in Seattle, a 37-9 Seahawks victory.
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Defensive end Calais Campbell, who has signed with Jacksonville after seven seasons with the Cardinals, admitted the Jaguars are still playing catch-up, but that things are starting to turn around.
“We’re getting back to who we are,” he said. “It’s not anything you want, we went down and we’ve been trying to take a step back since the Miami game.
“We’ve been playing like we want to take the next step. We’re taking those little steps back, slowly, but when it’s all said and done, we should end up on top.”
Meanwhile, former Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said while the Seahawks feel like they’re “waiting for a new offense,” his team has been going about things the right way, so far.
“Our offense is fast — definitely faster than ours. It’s more simplistic,” he said.
“We just do what we do, we just do it very fast and certainly don’t have a lot of thinking from anybody or a lot of philosophy about anything. It just works really, really fast. It’s really fun to see. We’re just kind of where we are, as a team. We’re really trying to figure each other out.
“We’re still learning. I think that’s kind of what that whole thing is. We’re still figuring each other out.
“We need to know who can block what, with how much time. You guys on the outside don’t understand it. You guys around here don’t really understand it. We’re just learning each other. Getting better.”