Seahawks look to bounce back vs. winless Jets
For the second consecutive week, the Seattle Seahawks will play host to a team from New York.
They’re looking for a much different result when the Jets (0-12) come to town Sunday.
The Seahawks (8-4) suffered a 17-12 loss last weekend to the New York Giants, who were starting backup quarterback Colt McCoy. That dropped Seattle into a first-place tie with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West.
“We’ve shown some vulnerability at 8-4 that we can let some games get away from us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We really have high expectations to play well every time out and find a way to win. It certainly can happen. You got to get everything done, every week.”
Russell Wilson has gone from midseason MVP favorite to MIA.
In the first five games of the season, all victories, Wilson had a 129.8 passer rating with 19 touchdown passes and three interceptions. Over the past seven games, in which the Seahawks are 3-4, he has a 93.5 passer rating with 13 touchdowns and eight picks.
Wilson completed 27 of 43 attempts against the Giants with a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble. He was sacked five times, with four of those for eight yards or more, and took 10 hits.
After scoring 27 or more points in each of their first eight games, the Seahawks have reached that mark just once since. And they’ve failed to amass 350 yards of total offense in each of their past four games.
“Early in the year it was wide open, it was like the Wild West out there on offense,” Carroll said. “We fell prey to that as well. But it’s tightening down.”
The Jets will be trying to avoid a franchise-record 13th consecutive defeat. They’ve already tied the mark of 12 set in 1995-96 under Rich Kotite.
“It’s not fun. Losing sucks,” Jets quarterback Sam Darnold said. “You don’t ever envision yourself losing this many games in consecutive order. It’s definitely tough.”
Last Sunday’s 31-28 loss at home to the Las Vegas Raiders likely was the toughest to handle for the Jets.
The Raiders scored on a 46-yard pass from Derek Carr to Henry Ruggs III with five seconds remaining. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams called for an all-out blitz on the play, leaving undrafted rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson one-on-one with Ruggs, a first-round pick. The move cost Williams his job, as he was fired Monday.
“I heard the call, and I’ve got to execute it,” said Jackson, who has started the past three games after the Jets cut veteran Pierre Desir. “I didn’t execute it to the best of my ability or how I wanted to. It’s tough, but at the same time, I also know that call is not going to define me or my career.”
Jets coach Adam Gase said rookie receiver Denzel Mims could miss Sunday’s game because of a “personal issue.” Running back Frank Gore has been limited in practice this week after suffering a concussion against the Raiders, while linebacker Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) missed time.
Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee) could return after missing the past four games.
–Field Level Media