Week 10: Jets at Seahawks (Game Thread)

Today's game against the Jets is an important one to win for the Seahawks.  The Hawks have won several games already that everyone expected them to lose, only to turn right around and lose games they should've won handily.  The passing game has improved significantly and RB Marshawn Lynch is still Marshawn Lynch, but the defense has had some trouble in its last few outings defending runs up the gut and with their coverage in the underneath middle zones. 

Injury-wise, Seattle looks like a team in sore need of a bye week.  LB K.J. Wright and LG James Carpenter have been ruled out again this week with concussion symptoms, DE Greg Scruggs is doubtful, DT Clinton McDonald is questionable, and there's a whole laundry list of key players who are just banged up enough to be listed as probable, including Lynch, DE Red Bryant, WR Doug Baldwin, SS Kam Chancellor, C Max Unger, and CB Richard Sherman.

The Jets are not a good team this year.  Their starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, is the sort of borderline talent that Seattle's defense should eat alive.  He responds poorly to pressure, his accuracy is erratic (he's had four games with completion percentages under 50%), his star wide receiver Santonio Holmes is on injured reserve, and Tony Sparano's offense hasn't done him any favors, either.  Their star wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, is on injured reserve.  Don't even get me started on backup QB Tim Tebow and his horrific throwing mechanics.

New York does have a decent running back in Shonn Greene, although he's averaging a lukewarm 3.7 yds/att this season, and a strong receiving tight end in Dustin Keller, whom Sanchez hasn't been getting the ball to nearly enough.  One of their other bright spots, an explosive,  top-five return game spearheaded by returner Joe McKnight, is going to be hamstrung this week because McKnight is out with an ankle injury.

On defense, they've been hurt by the absence of Darrelle Revis, who went on IR early in the year, and their starting nose tackle Kenrick Ellis is out with a knee injury. Their pass rush has also been pretty anemic this year, as not one Jets defender has more than two sacks to his name and the team has managed only 12 total sacks this year (for comparison, the Seahawks have 25).  CB Antonio Cromartie and S LaRon Landry are two big reasons why the team has performed well in pass coverage despite the loss of Revis, but their run defense hasn been weak.  I would really like to see Russell Wilson help out Lynch by making some things happen through the air against a strong pass defense.

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