JACKSONVILLE –The Jaguars face off against the Seahawks at EverBank Field this Sunday at 4:25 pm ET. Here are five key stats on cornerback Jalen Ramsey and how he impacts this Week 14 matchup:
- Ramsey Ready: Last Sunday, Ramsey posted two passes defensed against the Colts, marking his fifth game this season with multiple passes defensed. He is one of two players in the NFL with five such games and is tied for second-most games with multiple passes defensed in a season by a Jaguar since 2000. The Jaguars will look to contain Seahawks QB Russell Wilson behind the line on Sunday, forcing him to throw and allowing Ramsey an opportunity to tie Rashean Mathis' (6) multiple pass defensed record that he set in 2006.
- …ready for it?: According to Pro Football Focus, Ramsey has allowed 35 receptions for 377 yards with zero touchdowns and three interceptions for a 52.7 passer rating. He has only allowed 60-plus passing yards in one game this season, which was a battle with Pittsburgh's elite wide receiver Antonio Brown. Seattle's best wide receivers this season include Doug Baldwin (782 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns) and Paul Richardson (592 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns). While neither compare to Brown, Ramsey will still look to stop either from making big plays down the field.
- Dynamic Duo: While everyone knows Ramsey has the left side of the field on lockdown, his success has come with the confidence that teammate A.J. Bouye has the right side covered. Together, the pair have totaled seven interceptions, zero touchdowns and 29 passes defensed, second-most among DB tandems in the league. With an elite cornerback on his opposite side, Ramsey knows Wilson cannot avoid him the entire game.
- Mr. December: In December 2016, Ramsey totaled two interceptions, including one for a touchdown, one forced fumble and 13 passes defensed. This in comparison to his first 12 games in 2016 where he had one pass defense, zero interceptions and zero forced fumbles. With one game through December of 2017, Ramsey has already registered one interception and two passes defensed. What will he accomplish this week against the eighth-best passing offense in the league?
- In Good Company: Through 12 games, Ramsey has recorded a 52.7 passer rating making him one of the top five cornerbacks in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Since 2007, Ramsey is one of just four players who have forced a passer rating under 53.0 in at least one of their first two seasons (min. 400 snaps). That list includes the Steelers' Joe Haden, the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and the Chargers' Casey Hayward. All three have gone on to have Pro Bowl careers in the NFL. That recognition could await Ramsey later this season as he currently sits in the top two in Pro Bowl voting at his position.
Every Friday during the 2017 NFL regular season, Jaguars public relations assistant Gaby Moran will bring five key stats about the Jaguars heading into the game on Sunday. You can follow her on Twitter @gabsmoran.