Good morning peeps. The weatherman predicts another rain-soaked afternoon at CenturyLink Field, so dress appropriately if you are headed to the game today.
Here’s my five keys for the Seattle Seahawks as they try and push their record to 6-4 heading into the bye week. The Seahawks are 17-6 in games heading into the bye week, the third-best record in the NFL.
Do your job: Both head coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley have went back to the basics with the defense, emphasizing the fundamentals during practice this week, down to making the correct read step in run fits. That will be important with Mike Morgan getting his first start at outside linebacker in place of K.J. Wright. Seattle has given up an average of 167.3 rushing yards a contest in the last three games. They don’t need any superstar performance on defense to beat the Jets, just everyone getting doing their job correctly.
Be prepared for trickery: I see this game being similar to the Rams contest earlier this season. The Seahawks are clearly the superior team, but the Jets, who are coming off their bye week, are going to trick up the game in order to gain a possession or two and try and steal some points on the road. So Seattle needs to be ready fake field goals, fake punts, onside kicks and trick plays from New York’s offense. Also, I have a sneaking suspicion we can see a lot of Tim Tebow today. We can only hope.
Put pressure on Sanchez: While much has been said about Mark Sanchez’s uneven performance this season, he is responsible for 10 comeback wins in the fourth quarter or overtime since Week 6 of the 2010 season. Sanchez can get it done in the final minutes if the game is close. So Seattle’s defense needs to put pressure on him early, letting the Jets know they have no chance for an upset win on the road. Sanchez has been sacked 18 times this season.
Get Beast Mode to 1,000: At 881 rushing yards through nine games, Marshawn Lynch needs 119 yards to rush for 1,000 yards for a second straight season. Although Lynch reaching 100 yards has not necessarily meant wins for Seattle – the Seahawks are 5-6 win Lynch eclipses the 100-yard mark. Lynch has ran for 100 yards five times this season, and Seattle is 2-3 in those contests (wins over Dallas and Minnesota, losses to St. Louis, San Francisco and Detroit).
Get Leon Loose: Seattle return man Leon Washington is due. Although he’s been close to a return touchdown his season, Washington has not returned a punt or kickoff for a touchdown since Dec. 12, 2010, a 92-yard kick return for a touchdown in a 40-21 loss to San Francisco. What better time for Washington to break through than playing against his former team, the Jets?
Here’s my game advance, focusing on the improved play of Russell Okung. The Oklahoma State product has not given up a sack in nines games this season, but has a league-high 10 penalties.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks expect the Jets to bring pressure today against rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that both teams are focusing more on what they can control heading into Sunday’s contest instead of their opponent.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Russell Wilson ranks as one of the most effective quarterbacks in the league in the red zone since Week 4.
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Dirk Facer of the Desert News notes that Marshawn Lynch spoke to the University of Utah running backs before the Utes game against Washington at Qwest Field. Former Seahawks running back Quinton Ganther works as a coach for Utah. Ganther and Lynch grew up playing together in youth football back in Oakland.
George Bretherton of The New York Times notes that it’s Mark Sanchez’s birthday today, as he looks at key matchups in today’s game.
Brian Costello of The New York Post believes how the Jets front seven performs against Marshawn Lynch will be one of the keys to today’s game.