GAME: New York Jets (3-5, T3, AFC East) at Seattle Seahawks (4-4, 2nd, NFC West). TYPE: Regular season. WEEK: 10. WHEN: Sunday, 1:05 p.m., PT, CenturyLink Field. MEETING: 18th (Seahawks lead 9-8). STREAKS: Seahawks W 1; Jets L 2. HEAD COACHES: Rex Ryan, New York Jets; Pete Carroll, Seattle. LINE: Seattle by 6½. TV: CBS. RADIO: ESPN 710 AM, KIRO 97.3 FM.
The Seahawks, 4-0 at CenturyLink Field, will try to extend their best home start in seven years Sunday. For Seattle, the key player figures to be RB Marshawn Lynch, who could be in for a big day against a Jets defense that surrenders 141.4 yards per game, 29th in the NFL.
Lynch is the league’s second-leading rusher (97.6 yards per game) and is coming off his fifth 100-yard effort of the season, 124 yards and a TD in a 30-20 win over Minnesota.
“We need to get better defensively against the run and, obviously, Seattle is an extremely tough place to play,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. “Having wins over Dallas, Green Bay, Minnesota and New England at home shows you the task that we have in front of us. With that being said, we’re gonna roll our sleeves up and go up there and give it heck.”
The Jets are coming off a bye week and desperately need a victory to keep their season from turning into a calamity. They rank 27th in the league with 317.4 yards per game and 24th with an average of 25 points allowed.
Ryan, whose home was without power through Friday after the nor’easter storm battered New York, said the Jets have used the extra time to tweak New York’s offense, and he appears optimistic the Jets can get back on track.
“We will be doing some different things,” Ryan said. “We’ll be looking at a lot. There are several things to improve and I’m excited about trying to implement some of these things.”
One of those things could be increased use of Tim Tebow, making his Seattle debut, but not necessarily at quarterback.
“He’ll come in and play at fullback, he’ll play at tight end, he’ll play at wideout,” said Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. “He’ll be in the game and run the wildcat series. So you’ve just got to be prepared for all of it and having different calls for him and different situations (as they) present themselves.”
Tebow has had 55 snaps from scrimmage this season.
“On three of those he plays wideout or fullback, or sometimes it’s on critical downs – third and six,” said Bradley. “So you go, ‘Is he in there to be quarterback and they’re going to run, or is he in there to be a decoy and be a wide receiver?'”
“They have a very complex style of play offensively, defensively, and special teams,” said Pete Carroll. “That will challenge us in that if you’re not right, they’ll have a big day on us. They have had a lot of big games throwing the football, and they had one huge game running the ball against the Colts where they ran for over 250.
“We know (quarterback) Mark Sanchez is a really good football player and he can get it done and make all of the right decisions. We’re just challenged by their scheme. We need to do our stuff right and not put ourselves in bad situations.”
Carroll, of course, coached Sanchez at USC, and this will be the first time the two have faced each other on the professional level.
“I couldn’t be more fired up for him,” Carroll said. “He’s done a marvelous job and I love what he’s doing. Mark and I get along great. I follow him every week and it will be really fun playing against him this week.”
The Jets’ poor run defense should set up Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson nicely to continue his run of home success, where Wilson has nine touchdowns, no interceptions and an NFL-best 120.2 passer rating.
“We’re throwing the ball more and we’re getting the ball downfield and we’re getting it to secondary receivers,” said Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, when asked about Wilson’s improved pocket presence. “I think Russell’s come a long way in that. Just having the patience to just sit there. Each and every week, he’s gotten so much better at it.
“There’s times, as you know, where he’s going to take off and we’re not trying to discourage those. But the ones that are there, where he can just make the play and get the ball out on time, or just sit there and get to the secondary one, those are the ones we’re trying to help him grow with. I think every week he gets better.”
“I think the biggest thing is just to trust what you see,” Wilson said. “Get rid of the ball on time. Sometimes you have to get rid of it quick, sometimes you’ll get protected and deliver an accurate football.”
Seattle has a chance to head into the bye week 6-4 (the Seahawks are 17-6 since 1990 in games leading into the bye), important considering that the Seahawks will come out of the bye facing two road games, at Miami (4-4) and at Chicago (7-1).
The Seahawks will be without LB K..J. Wright and and OG James Carpenter, both ruled out with concussions. Mike Morgan, a second-year player from USC who saw his first significant scrimmage action last week, will step in for Wright at strong side linebacker. John Moffitt, as he did last week, will fill in for Carpenter at left guard.
SERIES: Dates to Nov. 13, 1977, when the Seahawks won 17-0 in a game in which Jim Zorn threw touchdown passes to Don Testerman and David Sims. The Seahawks won the most recent meeting 13-3 Dec. 21, 2008. Prior to that, the Jets had a five-game winning streak against Seattle. The Seahawks had a seven-game winning against the Jets from 1977 through 1983.
LAST MEETING (Seahawks 13, Jets 3, Dec. 21, 2008): Seneca Wallace threw a two-yard touchdown pass to John Carlson, Olindo Mare kicked a pair of field goals and the Seahawks intercepted Brett Favre twice en route to a 13-0 victory at CenturyLink Field. Maurice Morris had a 116-yard rushing day for Seattle.
Seahawks: 5-4-0, 2nd, NFC West; scored 170 points (18.9 per game), ranking 24th; allowed 154 points (17.1 per game), 3rd; differential of +16 points ranks 14th. Jets: 3-5-0, T3, AFC East; scored 168 points (21.0), ranked 21st; allowed 200 (25.0), 24th; differential of -32 points ranks 22nd.
SEAHAWKS HEAD COACH: Pete Carroll (52-52-0 career, 19-21-0 Seattle) is in his third season. In 2010, he directed Seattle to the NFC West title, the Seahawks becoming the first team in NFL history to win a division with a losing (7-9) record. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Carroll served as head coach at Southern California, where his Trojans won seven Pac-10 titles.
SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACKS: Russell Wilson — at Arizona — 18 of 34 for 153 yards, 1 TD, one INT, 62.5 passer rating; vs. Dallas — 15 of 20, 151 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 112.7 rating; vs. Green Bay — 10 of 21 for 130 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 99.3 passer rating; at St. Louis — 17 of 25, 160 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 45.8 passer rating; at Carolina — 19 of 25, 221 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 82.2 passer rating; vs. New England, 16 of 27, 293 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 133.7 passer rating; at San Francisco, 9 of 23, 122 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 38.7 passer rating; at Detroit, 25 of 35 for 236 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 96.8 passer rating; vs. Minnesota, 16 of 24, 173 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 127.3 passer rating . . . Matt Flynn — DNP all games.
SEAHAWKS STATS / NOTES
- SEASON SUMMARY: Record: 5-4. Home: 4-0. Road: 1-4. Vs. NFC: 4-4. Vs. AFC: 1-0. Vs. NFC East: 1-0. Vs. NFC North: 2-1. Vs. NFC South: 1-0. Vs. NFC West: 0-3. Points For: 170 (18.9). Points Against: 154 (17.1).
- NFL RANKS: Scoring Offense –18.4 (24); Total Offense — 312.1 (19th); Rushing Offense — 138.9 (7th); Passing Offense — 173.2 (31st); Scoring Defense — 17.1 (3rd); Total Defense — 309.2 (14th); Rushing Defense — 102.4 (11th); Passing Defense — 206.8 (7th).
- INJURY REPORT: Did not practice — DE Red Bryant (foot), G James Carpenter (concussion), S Kam Chancellor (quadriceps), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), DT Clinton McDonald (groin), LB K.J. Wright (concussion); Limited — DE Jason Jones (ankle); Full — WR Doug Baldwin (ankle), G John Moffitt (knee), C Max Unger (finger).
- Russell Wilson’s 87.2 passer rating ranks 11th overall and second among rookies; his 120.2 passer rating at home is the best in the NFL; his 182.0 yards per game rank 32nd.
- Leon Washington averages 29.1 yards on kickoff returns, sixth in the NFL.
- Chris Clemons T10 in the NFL with 7.0 sacks.
- With 5.0 sacks, DE Bruce Irvin ranks second among NFL rookies to Chandler Jones’ 6.0.
- The Seahawks do not have a receiver ranked among the top 40 in terms of total yards.
- 12th Man Flag Raisers: Tennessee — Steve August; Oakland — 2012 area Summer Olympians; Dallas — Shawn Springs; Green Bay — Trent Dilfer; New England — Walter Jones; Minnesota — Detlef Schrempf.
TEAM OFFENSIVE RANKINGS
|Total Yards||2809||19||Total Yards||2539||30|
|Yards / Game||312.1||19||Yards / Game||317.4||30|
|Rush Yards||1250||4||Rush Yards||878||16|
|Rush / Game||138.9||4||Rush / Game||109.8||16|
|Pass Yards||1559||31||Pass Yards||1661||T26|
|Pass / Game||173.2||31||Pass / Game||207.6||T26|
|Points / Game||18.9||T21||Points / Game||21.0||24|
TEAM DEFENSIVE RANKINGS
|Total Yards||2783||14||Total Yards||2654||19|
|Yards / Game||309.2||14||Yards / Game||331.8||19|
|Rush / Allw.||679||7||Rush / Allw.||1131||27|
|Rush / Game||84.9||7||Rush / Game||141.4||27|
|Pass Allw.||1819||22||Pass Allw.||1645||6|
|Pass / Game||227.1||22||Pass / Game||205.6||6|
|Points Allw.||134||6||Points Allw.||200||23|
|Points / Game||16.8||6||Points / Game||25.0||23|
SEAHAWKS OFFENSIVE LEADERS
SEAHAWKS DEFENSIVE LEADERS
|Tackles||Wagner 72, Wright 63, Chancellor 61|
|Sacks||Clemons 7.0, Irvin 5.0, Mebane|
|Quarterback Hits||Clemons 15, Irvin 11, Branch 5, Mebane 5|
|Interceptions||Sherman 3, Browner 3, Thomas 2|
|Passes Defensed||Sherman 11, Browner 6, Clemons 4|
|Forced Fumbles||Browner 2, 5 tied with 1|
|Fumbles Recovered||Mebane, Browner, Branch, Trufant 1|
JETS NOTES: The Jets defeated Buffalo (48-28), Miami (23-20) and Indianapolis (35-9) and lost to Pittsburgh (27-10), San Francisco (34-0), Houston (23-17), New England (29-26) and Miami (54-28) . . . Shonn Greene is the leading rusher, averaging 63.2 yards per game and has scored five touchdowns . . .Mark Sanchez is the 25th- ranked passer with a 1,736 yards, ranked 30th in passer rating at 72.8 . . . The Sporting News conducted a poll of NFL players this week and determined that Rex Ryan is the “most overrated coach” in the league.
JETS QUARTERBACKS: Mark Sanchez has completed 144 of 272 passes (52.9 percent) for 1,736 yards, 10 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a passer rating of 72.8. Sanchez threw for a season-high 328 yards in a 29-26 loss to the New England Patriots Oct. 21 and is coming off a 283-yard, one-TD performance in a 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
JETS HEAD COACH: Rex Ryan is in his fourth year. Prior to taking the position in 2009, Ryan served as defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-08. Before that, he had two-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals as a defensive line/linebackers coach. Ryan began his coaching career in 1987 at Eastern Kentucky (1987-89) and has also worked in various capacities at Morehead State (1990-93), Cincinnati (1996-97) and Oklahoma (1998).
KEY DATES: Nov. 18 — Seahawks bye week; Jan. 5-6, 2013 — Wild Card weekend; Jan. 12-13 — Divisional playoffs; Jan. 19-20 — Conference championships; Jan. 27 — Pro Bowl (Honolulu); Feb. 3 — Super Bowl, New Orleans. Feb. 20-26 — NFL combine (Indianapolis); April 25-27 — NFL draft.
- Aug. 26: Waived LB Jameson Konz, DE Pep Levingston, DB Roy Lewis, TE Cameron Morrah, WR Phil Bates, OT Edawn Coughman, CB Donny Lisowski, CB Ron Parker, RB Tyrell Sutton, OT Alex Barron, OG Deuce Lutui, WR Terrell Owens.
- Aug. 27: Traded LB Barrett Ruud to New Orleans to for an undisclosed future draft pick; waived DE Dexter Davis and re-signed CB Denny Lisowski, an undrafted rookie free agent from Montana who attended O’Dea High; traded QB Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo for an undisclosed future draft choice.
- Aug. 31: Waived/released CB Phillip Adams, DE Pierre Allen, LB Allen Bradford, WR Deon Butler, WR Kris Durham, G Paul Fanaika, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Jermaine Kearse, LB Kyle Knox, DE Cordarro Law, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Sean McGrath, C Kris ODowd, QB Josh Portis, S DeShawn Shead, LB Korey Toomer, WR Lavasier Tuinei, TE Cooper Helfet, RB Vai Taua.
- Sept. 1: Released TE Kellen Winslow; signed to practice squad LB Allen Bradford, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Sean McGrath, QB Josh Portis, S DeShawn Shead, LB Korey Toomer.
- Sept. 3: Signed to practice squad T/DT Edawn Coughman, WR Jermaine Kearse; signed TE Evan Moore.
- Sept. 13: Released G Rishaw Johnson and LB Korey Toomer from the practice squad and signed LB Allen Bradford and OT Mike Person in their places.
- Oct. 1: Released OG Allen Barbre as soon as he came off the suspended list for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
- Oct. 30: Placed WR Ben Obomanu on injured reserve (wrist); signed WR Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad.
- Nov. 6: Released WR Charly Martin from the active roster and WR Lavasier Tuinei from the practice squad.
- Nov. 7: Activated CB Walter Thurmond from the physically unable to perform list and assigned WR Charly Martin to the practice squad.
NFC West Standings
|S. Francisco||6-2||2-0||Sunday vs. St. Louis|
|Seattle||5-4||0-3||Sunday vs. NY. Jets|
|Arizona||4-5||1-2||Nov. 15 at Atlanta|
|St. Louis||3-5||2-0||Sunday at S. Francisco|
COMING UP: Bye week. The Seahawks play at Miami Nov. 25.
2012 Seahawks Preseason Schedule
|8/11/12||vs. Tennessee||7 p.m.||Q13||W||27-17||1-0|
|8/18/12||at Denver||6 p.m.||Q13||W||30-10||2-0|
|8/24/12||at Kansas City||5 p.m.||Q13||W||44-14||3-0|
|8/30/12||vs. Oakland||7 p.m.||Q13||W||21-3||4-0|
2012 Seahawks Regular-Season Schedule
|9/9/12||at Arizona||1:25 p.m.||FOX||L||20-16||0-1|
|9/16/12||vs. Dallas||1:05 p.m.||FOX||W||27-7||1-1|
|9/24/12||vs. Green Bay||5:30 p.m.||ESPN||W||14-12||2-1|
|9/30/12||at St. Louis||10 a.m.||FOX||L||19-13||2-2|
|10/7/12||at Carolina||1:05 p.m.||FOX||W||16-12||3-2|
|10/14/12||vs. N. England||1:05 p.m.||CBS||W||24-23||4-2|
|10/18/12||at S. Francisco||5:20 p.m.||NFLN||L||13-6||4-3|
|10/28/12||at Detroit||10 a.m.||FOX||L||28-24||4-4|
|11/4/12||vs. Minnesota||1:05 p.m.||FOX||W||30-20||5-4|
|11/11/11||vs. NY Jets||1:05 p.m.||CBS||—||—||—|
|11/25/12||at Miami||10 a.m.||FOX||—||—||—|
|12/2/12||at Chicago||10 a.m.||FOX||—||—||—|
|12/9/12||vs. Arizona||1:15 p.m.||FOX||—||—||—|
|12/16/12||*at Buffalo||1:05 p.m.||FOX||—||—||—|
|12/23/12||vs. San Francisco||1:15 p.m.||FOX||—||—||—|
|12/30/12||vs. St. Louis||1:15 p.m.||FOX||—||—||—|
* in Toronto
2012 Seahawks Capsules
Aug. 11 Seahawks 27, Titans 17 (at Seattle) — Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson ran for a touchdown and passed for one, leading the Seahawks over a Tennessee Titans team featuring two quarterbacks with strong local ties, ex-Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck and ex-Husky Jake Locker. Hasselbeck threw two interceptions while Locker completed 7 of 13 for 80 yards.
Aug. 18: Seahawks 30, Broncos 10 (at Denver) — Starting his second straight exhibition game, QB Matt Flynn failed to seize control of the quarterback job, finishing 6 of 13 for 31 yards with no TDs or INTs. But Wilson made a case for himself by completing 10 of 17 for 155 yards, two TDs and a passer rating of 28.5. The Seahawks finished with 228 yards rushing, led by Sutton’s 48 yards on three carries.
Aug. 24: Seahawks 44, Chiefs 14 (at Kansas City) — Wilson completed 10 of 17 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. With Wilson playing into the second half, Seattle scored 21 points, overcoming a 10-9 halftime deficit. Earl Thomas made the big defensive play, returning an interception 75 yards for a touchdown. Flynn did not play due to injury.
Aug. 30: Seahawks 21, Raiders 3 (at Seattle): Flynn, getting most of the snaps, completed 11 of 13 passes for 102 yards. Seahawks outgained the Raiders 334 yards to 101.
Sept. 8: Cardinals 20, Seahawks 16 (at Phoenix): Despite seven tries inside Arizona’s red zone in final minute, the Seahawks could not score the game-winning touchdown. The Seahawks overcame a tepid first half offensively thanks to an 83-yard kickoff return and a 52-yard punt return by Leon Washington.
Sept. 15: Seahawks 27, Cowboys 7 (at Seattle): The Seahawks took a 10-0 lead in less than five minutes when Michael Robinson forced Felix Jones to fumble the opening kickoff, leading to a short field goal, and Malcolm Smith blocked Chris Jones’ punt and Jeron Johnson returned it for a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch ran for 122 yards and the defense allowed the Cowboys only 34 yards and three first downs in the second half.
Sept. 24: Seahawks 14, Packers 12 (at Seattle): Russell Wilson and Golden Tate hooked up on a wildly controversial 24-yard touchdown pass as the clock ran out, giving the Seahawks a dramatic victory. As Wilson’s pass reached the end zone, Tate committed a pushing penalty that wasn’t called. Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings intercepted the ball and Tate tried to wrestle it away. One official ruled no touchdown, another signaled TD. After review, Tate was awarded the touchdown. The Seahawks had eight sacks in the first half, a record-tying four by Chris Clemons.
Sept. 30: Rams 19, Seahawks 13 (at St. Louis): Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein booted four field goals, including a club-record 58-yarder which he later topped with a 60-yarder, as the Rams handed Seattle its second NFC West loss. Zuerlein also was a perfect decoy on the biggest play of the day — a fake field goal that turned into a two-yard touchdown pass from punter Johnny Hekker to Danny Amendola. The score put the Rams (2-2) ahead 10-7 late in the first half. Marshawn Lynch ran for 118 yards and a touchdown,Seahawks, but Russell Wilson threw three interceptions.
Oct. 7: Seahawks 16, Panthers 12: (at Charlotte): The Seahawks used a series of big defensive plays, the best pass of Russell Wilson’s NFL career, and a planned safety in the final minute to edge Carolina. Cornerback Brandon Browner made two of the three biggest defensive stops. With Carolina at the Seattle 27-yard line in the third quarter, Browner stripped the ball from DeAngelo Williams, giving the Seahawks a chance to take the lead after they had fallen behind 10-6 on Wilson’s worst pass of the season. Less than three minutes into the second half, Wilson threw behind intended receiver Anthony McCoy, and Carolina’s Captain Munnerlyn snatched the ball and raced 33 yards for a touchdown that put the Panthers ahead 10-6. But after Browner stripped Williams. Wilson, on a third-and-eight from the Carolina 13, rocketed a slant pass to Golden Tate for a touchdown.
Oct. 14: Seahawks 24, Patriots 23: Russell Wilson threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1:18 to play to give the Seahawks a come-from-behind victory. The Seahawks trailed 23-10 in the second half, but Wilson fired touchdown passes to Doug Baldwin and Braylon Edwards before finding Rice with the game-winning throw.
Oct. 18: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6: Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seahawks in a battle for first place in the NFC West. Frank Gore ran for 131 yards. The 49ers made just enough plays to win a defense-first game. Marshawn Lynch ran for 103 yards for Seattle, but Russell Wilson couldn’t generate a passing game, going 9 of 23 for 122 yards and a passer rating of 38.7.
Oct. 28: Lions 28, Seahawks 24: Titus Young caught his second touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford on a one-yard slant with 20 seconds left, lifting Detroit. Young needed to make the second TD catch after Zach Miller had a spectacular, 16-yard snag on a toss from Russell Wilson with 5:27 left that put the Seahawks ahead. But Seattle (4-4) couldn’t stop the Lions (3-4) on their last possession.
Nov. 4: Seahawks 30, Vikings 20: Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes, and the Seahawks overcame 182 yards by Adrian Peterson to snap a two-game losing streak. Peterson tore through the Seahawks defense for one of the finest games of his career, yet was stuck being a spectator as Seattle slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter, mostly on the legs of Lynch, with a few key passes by Wilson.