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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Three-point stance: Jets at Seahawks

By Dan Riccio | ESPN Stats & Information

The Jets fly west to play the Seattle Seahawks, one of five remaining teams with an unbeaten record at home. The Jets are 3-0 in road games following a bye week over the last 10 seasons.

The Seahawks could be as physical an opponent as the Jets see all year. Seattle boasts the NFC's leader in rush attempts, Marshawn Lynch, and ransk third in the NFL in fewest points allowed per game.

Quarterback Russell Wilson leads all rookies with 13 passing touchdowns and has thrown nine of those at home with no interceptions. He will face a defense that has allowed just one passing touchdown (Colt McCoy, 2010) with eight interceptions against rookie quarterbacks during Rex Ryan's tenure.

Here are three keys to Sunday's showdown in Seattle:

1. Lynch has 100 yards rushing in three straight games and leads the NFL with five such performances. He will try to make it a career-high fourth straight against a defense that has allowed the second-most rushing yards after contact in the NFL. Lynch has totaled the second-most rushing yards after contact, behind only Adrian Peterson.

Lynch is a physical runner and rarely speeds to the edge -- he leads the league in rush attempts between the tackles. The Seahawks also push opponents off the ball and block with a second player in the backfield for Lynch on more rush attempts than anyone in the NFL.

2. Gang Green will need to be on high alert against the deep ball from Wilson, who throws well at home. Five of Wilson's nine touchdowns at home have come on pass attempts that traveled more than 20 yards in the air, which leads the NFL. Wilson has completed 60.0 percent of throws that deep at home, good for second in the league, and holds a share of the lead with a perfect 100.0 Total QBR.

3. The Seahawks have big size all over the defense, especially on the line where players at the position rank third in sacks and batted passes and tied for second in total passes defended. The entire defense is tied with Denver for the second-most hits on a quarterback while throwing the ball.

When they use a defensive back in pass pressure schemes to mix it up, the Seahawks lead the NFL with a minus-three TD-INT differential. The Jets will need to utilize the sidelines more because with heavy hitters at safety and linebacker, the Seahawks lead the NFC in fewest yards allowed per play after first contact inside the painted field numbers.