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Jaguars open with runs, 'nickel'

SEATTLE--The following are notes from the Jaguars' 24-15 loss in Seattle Sunday:

• The Jaguars unveiled an interesting offensive play that gained 14 yards on their first offensive series of the game. Quarterback Mark Brunell faked to running back Stacey Mack up the middle, then pitched to rookie running back Elvis Joseph, who ran around right end from his position in the left slot. The play had a college-like option look to it.

• Coach Tom Coughlin began the game with two runs by Mack that gained a first down. The Jaguars had opened each of their first three games with a pass.

• The Jaguars opened the game in their "nickel" defense, with Kiwaukee Thomas as the "nickel" back.

• Rookie linebacker Eric Westmoreland saw his most action of the season. He was used at weakside linebacker to replace T.J. Slaughter, who had moved to middle linebacker to replace the injured Hardy Nickerson.

• Five-wide receiver formations sound good, but they usually invite a sack. That's what happened to Seattle quarterback Trent Dilfer when coach Mike Holmgren ordered an empty backfield on a third-and-one play.

• The Jaguars got a 48-yard field goal following a 12-men-on-the-field penalty against Seattle on a Jaguars punt in the second quarter.

• Mike Hollis converted three of four field-goal attempts, which was a significant recovery following a two-of-five start in the first three games. His only miss Sunday was a 52-yard attempt.

• "Holmgren, go home," a Seattle fan yelled in reaction to the 12-men-on-the-field penalty.

• Seattle rookie guard Steve Hutchinson was the Seahawks' most effective blocker. He paved the way for Shaun Alexander's second touchdown, a three-yard run, and most of Alexander's 176 yards came through Hutchinson's left guard spot.

• Aaron Beasley's second-quarter interception means he has intercepted at least one pass in each of his six pro seasons.

• Alexander became the first opponent to rush for 100 yards against the Jaguars since Emmitt Smith did it in week nine of last season.

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