Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wrap-up: Seahawks 28, Jets 7
By Mike Sando
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 28-7 victory over the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field in Week 10:
What it means: The Seahawks improved to 6-4, keeping themselves in good position to push for a playoff spot. The San Francisco 49ers' struggles against St. Louis down the West Coast opened the door for questions about the Seahawks pushing not just for a wild-card berth, but possibly for a division title. The Seahawks take a two-game winning streak into their bye week and need just one more victory to match their season totals for 2010 and 2011.
What I liked: The Seahawks started quickly. Their defense stuffed the Jets on back-to-back short-yardage plays. Quarterback Russell Wilson followed up quickly with a 38-yard scoring strike to receiver Golden Tate. The leaping grab showcased Tate's ability to make plays on the ball high in the air.
Seattle controlled the Jets offense overall. Bruce Irvin had two sacks. Cornerback Richard Sherman turned in a dominant performance with a sack, forced fumble, two passes defensed and an interception. Wilson's 31-yard scoring pass to Sidney Rice in the fourth quarter broke open what was mostly a defensive struggle.
Marshawn Lynch also got going late, topping 100 yards rushing for a fourth consecutive game. The coaching staff gets some credit for calling a receiver pass. Tate gets credit for completing the pass for a 23-yard touchdown to Rice.
For the second week in a row, the Seahawks closed out an opponent by controlling the ball with a long drive to end the game.
What I didn't like: Wilson struggled to a degree he had not reached in the recent past. He took sacks on back-to-back plays, losing a fumble on the second one. The Jets returned it for a touchdown. Wilson was also inaccurate on a few throws. He had Rice deep on a flea-flicker, but the ball was a bit underthrown. Wilson also didn't seem to see Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster on a blitz. The Jets' defense, known for its complexity, has done well against rookie quarterbacks this season. It also fared well against Lynch, and against Seattle's receivers. Wilson too often didn't seem to have receivers open against man coverage.
Milestone: Lynch topped 1,000 yards rushing for the season. This was his second consecutive 1,000-yard season.
What's next: The Seahawks have a bye in Week 11 before road trips to Miami and Chicago.