The Jaguars lost big in Seattle, and no one wanted to walk away from that fact in the postgame locker room.
The general reaction to a 31-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field?
"This is humiliating," said linebacker Myles Jack, who hadn't played in the area since his high school days in nearby Bellevue, Washington. "It's embarrassing and it's not anything that anyone wants to be a part of. You know what I mean?"
Defensive end Josh Allen certainly did – even on a day where he had two sacks, two other hits on the quarterback and two other tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
"It's definitely a bad loss," Allen said. "We had two good weeks of practice and I felt like we were going to do a good job. So to come out and perform the way that we did was depressing and embarrassing."
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, making a third consecutive start for injured Russell Wilson, completed 14 consecutive passes in building a 17-0 first half lead. Thirteen of those completions were to wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.
But midway through the second quarter, the tide turned – at least statistically – and the Jaguars' defense fought back. They gave up only 63 yards in the second half and Seattle managed only four first downs, all on its only scoring drive of the last 30 minutes.
"The defense played really well today," quarterback Trevor Lawrence said. "We've got to help them out."
The quarterback wasn't the only one who noticed.
"The positive was that our defense kept swinging, held them to 63 yards and had three sacks," Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer said. "We put them in some horrendous field position, but the defense hung in there against some talented players."
Allen, the defense's undisputed leader and the heartbeat of the defense, knows how the final score looks – and how bad the first quarter and a half made his side of the ball look. But he shook his head emphatically when asked if this was a confidence breaker for the Jaguars defense.
"No, it was really one quarter of bad football," said Allen. "If you look at the stats, look at the numbers we played great football, it was just that first quarter. So, we just have to do a better job of starting out fast, not even starting fast, but we just have to put ourselves in better situations."
Allen, Jack and defensive end Dawuane Smoot pointed to a couple of weeks of good work on the practice field that left them unable to explain Sunday's early struggles. So, the question now is if they had two good weeks and that was the result, how will they fix what went wrong against the Seahawks?
"It's the self-inflicted injuries that we can control that we have do a better job with," Allen said. "We have to be aware of the situations we're in and just grow and learn from this experience. I'm ready to watch this film and take responsibility for the plays I missed and get better. It's going to be a long flight home."
The Jaguars entered week eight with only two takeaways, the fewest in the NFL, and they had none Sunday. They're on pace for only five this season with 10 remaining, which would break the 2018 San Francisco 49ers' single-season record of only seven takeaways. "The main thing is turnovers and we're constantly losing the turnover battle," Jack said. "We have to steal a possession and give our offense a chance."
Lawrence on playing in Lumen Field: "Definitely a tough place to play. The issues today didn't have a ton to do with the noise. A little bit on a few of the play clocks getting low. Maybe there. But overall, that's not really what made a huge difference. It was just our execution wasn't great. But definitely a tough place to play. Even towards the end of the game, the game was kind of already put away, we're going on our two-minute drive and they're still roaring and it's still hard to hear. The fans did a good job."
Lawrence: "I think it just goes to show if you don't come out ready to play and you don't play well, this can happen to anybody on any week. It doesn't matter who you're playing, you just have to play well and we didn't. It's not concerning, for me it's not. Because I'm in that locker room, I'm with all those guys and see how hard they work, how they prepare."
Click through the top game day photos of the Jacksonville Jaguars as they take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8 of the NFL regular season at Lumen Field.