Seahawks (8-4) vs. Jaguars (8-4)
When: 4:25 p.m., Sunday
Where: EverBank Field
ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS
* The Seahawks hold a 5-2 series lead against the Jaguars and won four four of the last five, including the most recent meeting, 45-17 in 2013. In the last two games, the Seahawks outscored the Jaguars 86-17.
* Seattle is 23-14-1 in its last 38 road games dating back to the 2013 season.
* Since 2012, the Seahawks are 20-5 in regular season games played in December and January.
* DT Michael Bennett is tied for seventh on Seattle’s all-time sack list with 38.
* Seattle’s defense has allowed the fifth-fewest trips to the red zone (29 possessions). Of those 29, opponents have scored a touchdown only 13 times (44.8 percent) to rank sixth in the league.
* Tight end Jimmy Graham is tied for the team lead with nine touchdowns and is looking for 10 or more for the fourth time in his eight seasons.
* Seattle is 47-0 since 2012 when leading leading by four or more points at halftime, including the playoffs.
* Russell Wilson leads the NFL with 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes and a 134.1 passer rating. Wilson, along with Drew Brees, has a completion percentage of better than 70 percent in the fourth quarter.
* The Seahawks rank fifth in the league in turnover differential (+7) with 19 takeaways and 12 giveaways.
* Before an Achilles’ injury ended his season last month, cornerback Richard Sherman started 99 consecutive games and never missed a game in his career.
BY THE NUMBERS
68: Career touchdowns by Jimmy Graham, fourth-most in NFL history by a tight end.
92: Consecutive starts by quarterback Russell Wilson.
358.7: The Seahawks’ offensive yardage per game, which ranks 10th in the NFL.
782: Receiving yards for Doug Baldwin, which leads the team.
Wagner, a six-year veteran linebacker, has played his entire career with the Seahawks. He is tied for the second-most tackles in the NFL with 113.
What’s your thoughts on trying to stop the Jaguars’ running game with Leonard Fournette?
“They do a lot of good things. They got a lot of pullers. He runs really, really hard. They are going to get him the rock. I think this is probably one of the teams that runs a little bit more than they pass. We’re going to stop the run and put them in passing situations where you can allow the rush to get to them. I feel like we are very confident in the possibility of stopping it.”
What do you think about the game moving from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m?
“We can sleep in a little bit more. I like night games. I feel like night games are good and they are fun to play but the biggest thing to me is that you get to sleep a little bit more, especially when you travel. You are trying to catch up on the time difference and to be able to sleep in a little bit more and use those extra hours to study a little bit more and things of that nature definitely helps you out.”
Are there any similarities in what the Jaguars are doing in their style of play and what the Seahawks did a few years ago?
“Nah, there is only one Seattle Seahawks.”
Carroll, 66, is in his eighth year as Seahawks coach. He has a 111-76 career coaching record in the NFL. He won the Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013 and took Seattle back to the Super Bowl in 2014. Prior to Seattle, Carroll won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles at USC. He was also head coach of the New York Jets in 1994 and the New England Patriots from 1997-1999.
How good is the Jaguars’ defense?
“Yeah, well they are the best in the NFL, OK, by a pretty good margin in scoring and all that. It starts up front for them. They have a big rotation of guys, a big variety of guys that they can throw at you, their linebackers can fly and the secondary are a bunch of ballhawks back there. They cause you all kinds of problems. 45 sacks tells you the story and all the turnovers and the turnover ratio tells you the story.”
What do you think about Calais Campbell’s effectiveness to get sacks?
“I think Todd [Wash] figured that out that if they put him at end, it might really help him and he’d be more productive. He’s always been a great player. It’s worked out for them beautifully, so they move him around quite a bit, but he has just taken to that and become even more effective and more dominant.”