After having two weeks to mull over their loss to the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets will have a tough task in facing the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. The Seahawks are 4-0 at home and their rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson, has played like a seasoned veteran in their building. He has thrown nine touchdowns to zero interceptions, while on the road he shown his rookie tendencies throwing only four touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Wilson has been the key at home, where he has averaged a 118.25 passing rating. He has excelled in the play-action passing game and it has resulted in a lot of explosive plays for the Seahawks. This is something the Jets are going to have to watch out for as they are struggling to stop the run; ranking 29th in the league. Wilson’s touch on the long ball at home has been close to perfect as he has hit the majority of his passes of 25+ yards. Sidney Rice and Golden Tate have been the recipient of most of these plays and are the Seahawks only real deep threats.
The Seahawks biggest weapon is Marshawn Lynch, who is 2nd in the league in rush yards (881 yards). He is a bruising type of runner and usually does not go down after the first hit. This spells bad news for the Jets who’s tackling has been suspect all season. Although the Seahawks are ranked 28th in total offense and 24th in scoring offense, they will give the Jets all they can handle.
Defense is the key to this team and theirs is one of the best in the league. Seattle is fourth in the league in total defense and third in scoring defense. Their secondary has some serious size and is extremely physical at the line of scrimmage. The safeties, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, are one of the best tandems in the league. Their pass rush tandem of rookie LB, Bruce Irvin, and DE Chris Clemons have combined for 12 sacks, that is the same number of sacks that the entire Jets team has all season.
Irvin was considered the “biggest reach of the draft” by Mel Kiper, and many ripped on Pete Carroll for drafting him as high as he did. Turns out he knew actually what he was doing and has continued to show it during the season. He only plays 40% of the defensive snaps, as he is strictly a pass rusher, but a premier one at that. Austin Howard will have his hands full blocking these two on Sunday.
The Seahawks, right now, are a better version of what the Jets want to be. They pound the rock and have a brilliant run game, their offense is based off the run game and play-action passing, and their rock is their defense. CenturyLink field is the loudest stadium in the NFL and their 12th man always plays a big part in their home games.
The Jets offense, which is already struggling, better come up with a good game plan if they wish to compete in this game.
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