On Sunday the New York Jets traveled west to face the Seahawks after their bye week, and despite more preparation time they looked the same as they had in the preseason, with very little idea how to score an offensive touchdown. While they did utilize Tim Tebow more, it was basically the same screen to Jeremy Kerley over and over that Seattle quickly shut down, as the only score came from the defense.
The Jets won the toss and this time accepted the opening kickoff. A three and out was negated by a defensive holding penalty. Mark Sanchez found Clyde Gates for 10 yards and a first down. Shonn Greene on a sweep right to near mid-field. Tim Tebow to Jeremy Kerley for five on a second down and six play, but on fourth and about one foot, Greene was stopped for loss. Seattle would drive and open the scoring when Golden Tate beat Kyle Wilson for touchdown grab from Russell Wilson. Robert Malone punted after the next Jets drive, and former Jet Leon Washington returned it for 20 yards. Pressure on Wilson by Ricky Sapp and Ellis Lankster would force Seattle to punt. The Jets next drive ended when Sanchez was sacked on a third down and eight yard play. Bart Scott and Muhammad Wilkerson would combine for sack of Wilson that netted a 12 yard loss. Mike DeVito then hit Wilson causing a fumble that Wilkerson would pick up and run in for touchdown to tie the score at seven.
Muhammad Wilkerson continued his stellar play in first half with a hit on Marshawn Lynch that caused a fumble and Calvin Pace recovered. Sanchez hit Kerley on a quick pass for six yards. Tebow on a keeper for three yards then three more to get the first down. Kerley used a nice double move along sideline to reel in a Sanchez toss that got the Jets down to the seven yard line. Greene for four yards, then two more. Dustin Keller was flagged for false start on third and goal, then Sanchez was picked by Richard Sherman when trying to find Keller in front corner of end zone. Sanchez held the ball too long, and the interception was his fourth in red zone this season. After Mike DeVito blew up Lynch for three yard loss on third down and one, Kerley muffed the punt, and Seattle recovered. Eventually Lynch would run it in from the half yard line to make it 14-7 Seattle. Bilal Powell went down on punt coverage and would not return. Later it was discovered he did suffer concussion. Quinton Coples also blew up a play late in half, tackling Leon Washington for loss.
After Seattle went three and out to start second half the Jets would strike. Sanchez found Lex Hilliard for nearly nine yards to get things started. Tebow found Kerley for the first down. Greene ran to right side for seven yards, then one more. On third down Dustin Keller dropped a likely first down, forcing a Jets punt. David Harris, Bryan Thomas and Bart Scott combined on another sack when Wilson was taken down by the trio just short of the line of scrimmage. When the Jets got the ball back Tebow again looked to throw left but had to tuck it and run, gaining the five yards needed for a first down. Sanchez found Keller, who redeemed himself with a first down catch to 45 yard line. On third down and seven, Sanchez was sacked, ending another promising start to a drive.
Sydney Rice would catch a touchdown pass over Kyle Wilson to start the quarter that put Seattle up 21-7. Sanchez would find an open Keller along sideline on next series for a 32 yard gain. Unfortunately Sanchez still has not learned to protect the ball as he is being sacked, and fumbled, recovered by Jason Jones. Lynch thought he had scored a touchdown only to have it negated by holding penalty. Sydney Rice would catch a touchdown pass by the left handed Golden Tate after Tate took toss from Wilson.
Now the New York Jets continue their mini-tour of the NFC West facing former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer this coming Sunday in St. Louis versus the Rams. They will also see former players Matthew Mulligan and Wayne Hunter, who will hope the Jets are primed for the picking. The coaches must find a way to quickly reverse the sinking ship, or another loss will end any playoffs dreams.
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