Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Scouting report: Early look at Seahawks
By Rich Cimini
A quick look at the Jets' upcoming opponent, the Seahawks:
1. This is the first meeting between the two teams since 2008, Week 16, when the Jets traveled to Seattle and lost in a blizzard, basically ensuring the demise of Eric Mangini.
2. There are some familiar faces on the Seahawks -- coach Pete Carroll (Jets head coach in 1994), RB/KR Leon Washington and WR Braylon Edwards. Washington, whom the Jets traded away after the 2009 season, is sixth in the NFL with a 29.1-yard kickoff return average. Edwards (eight catches) has been a non-factor since Week 1. He missed the past two games with knee swelling, but you know he'd absolutely love to face the Jets, who sent him packing as a free agent after the 2010 season.
3. The Seahawks have one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL. They're 4-0 at home, including wins over the Packers (a gift, thanks to the "Fail Mary") and the Patriots. It might be the loudest outdoor stadium in the league, making it extremely difficult for the opposing team's offense.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch give Seattle a formidable backfield.
4. The Jets, with their 29th-ranked run defense, have to prevent RB Marshawn Lynch from going off. Lynch, second in the league with 881 rushing yards, has three straight 100-yard games. He has a league-high 11 100-yard games since Week 9 last season -- three more than any other player, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He's a powerful runner who makes a lot of yards after contact. That doesn't bode well for the Jets, who haven't been a good tackling defense.
5. QB Russell Wilson has experienced his share of rookie growing pains, but he plays like a seasoned vet at home -- 9 TD passes, 0 interceptions. On the road, he has four TDs, eight interceptions. He's particularly good on deep balls.
6. The Seahawks' defense brings a lot of pressure, especially from the edges. DEs Chris Clemons and rookie Bruce Irvin have combined for 12 sacks, tied for third among pass-rushing tandems. Irvin, whom the Jets reportedly coveted in the draft, already has five sacks despite having played only 40.3 percent of the defensive snaps. Let's put that sack total in perspective: As a team, the Jets have only 12.
7. The Seahawks are a rugged defensive team, and they will cause problems for the Jets. They're fourth in total defense, seventh in pass defense and third in scoring defense. They haven't allowed more than 23 points in any of their home games.
8. The Seahawks have this much in common with the Jets: They're struggling on offense. Despite Lynch's brilliance, they're 28th in total offense and 24th in scoring offense.