Sorry Jets fans. Even if Tebow were to start this Sunday in Seattle, the Jets wouldn’t have a chance. In a battle of two franchise’s going in completely opposite directions, be it long term or short, expect the Seahawks to lay the beat down on Sanchez and the lowly Jets.
With Russell Wilson continuing to improve on a weekly basis, and his perfect record at home, I’m thinking he’ll light the Jets up and then some on Sunday. If Bevell can have another performance like last week, as the coordinator, all the better. Marshawn Lynch figures to get a lot of work in the run game, and the way he’s running right now, why not? With the Jets ailing at cornerback, to the point where they’ve even tried out McKnight, Golden Tate should have himself a game. If it’s not enough that Tate will be in a favorable matchup with his cornerback, he has also proven he plays better at home. Then again, so do the rest of the Seahawks but, it’s pretty lopsided for Tate. Of his 283 yards 181 of them have come at CenturyLink Field, and even more telling is the fact that 4 of his 5 TD have come there.
The Jets on the other hand, will see no such success. Of the Jets many problems on offense, believe it or not their 30th rated QB Mark Sanchez could be the least of them; and that really is saying something this season. After the injury to Santonio Holmes early in the season forced him on the IR, the Jets number one receiver has been Jeremy Kerley. Nothing else needs be said in making my case for the Jets having the weakest receiver corps in the NFL this year. The good news for the Jets is that after a horrible start, Shonn Greene seems to be getting it going of late, and he should figure to get a lot of carries. The bad news, they’re still playing the Seahawks.
This Seahawks defense is poised for a big day, and should present problems for the oft maligned Jets offense all day. With the Jets passing game being one of the league’s worst, the Seahawks will look to exploit this with blitzes galore, and oh how they will. With the Legion of Boom manning the secondary against a receiving group that hasn’t even hit the 1,000 yard mark (combined) this season, expect the box to be loaded and then some, resulting in poor play by soon to lose his job Mark Sanchez. The chants for Tebow in New York should be so loud by the end of this game, they’re heard in Seattle.
The once elite Jets defense, has started to tail off a bit but is still respectable in most aspects, and is 12th in total yards allowed, but also 27th in rushing yards allowed. The latter of those two stats could be an issue against one of the league’s best at running the ball. Another less than flattering statistic is that the Jets are ranked 29th in the pass rush with only 12 sacks. Contrary to Wilson critics, he doesn’t always escape the pocket and plays quite well when he has time in it, and I expect this Jets limp pass attack will give him plenty of that. The defense should still, all things considered, hold its own, but tire out as the game goes on, because I can’t imagine the offense will have many sustained drives or pressure. At least Rex still thinks they’re elite.
The Seahawks got this. They’ve won every home game they’ve played this season, against teams like the Patriots and Packers, so don’t expect the Jets to end their perfection at CenturyLink. They don’t have the personnel or cohesion on offense, and their aging defense should struggle to hold on all game against this versatile, smash mouth group led by Marshawn Lynch. I’m guessing the score will be 24 - 10 Seahawks, but the game will feel more lopsided than the score would indicate.