Another week, another loss for the New York Jets.
The Jets remained winless on Sunday afternoon, falling to 0-13 on the season, after an embarrassing 40-3 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. With the win, Seattle improved to 9-4, and moved into a tie for first place in the NFC West with the Los Angeles Rams.
It was a bit of a chilly day in Seattle, with the thermometers at Lumen Field reading 45°F upon kickoff. Sam Darnold and the Jets took the field first, and Darnold led the green and white into Seahawks territory on the team’s first drive, but could not find the end zone. The Jets settled for a 45 yard field goal from Sergio Castillo.
Russell Wilson led his Seahawks offence in to the field looking to respond, and that is exactly what he did. Seattle wasted no time on their first drive, one that saw them get a first down on the first snap of every play, eventually ending in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Freddie Swain, just 3:05 after the Jets’ field goal.
After the Jets had a quick 3-and-out, Wilson and the Seahawks got the ball back and marched down the field again. After an impressive drive that looked like it would put another seven points on the board, Jets safety Marcus Maye had an impressive interception in the end zone on a pass attempt to star Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf. Maye jumped up and tipped the ball straight up into the air, and while he was falling, he juggled the ball all the way down and eventually secured it before hitting the turf.
From there, the teams exchanged unsuccessful drives and the score stood at 7-3 Seattle at the end of the first quarter, although the Seahawks would start the second quarter in the red zone.
The first play of the second quarter resulted in a 5-yard TD pass from Wilson to Metcalf to extend the Seahawks lead to 11, after Jason Myers had a successful convert. The Myers convert was a little longer in distance, however, after Metcalf was flagged for operating a TV camera as part of his touchdown celebration. A 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was applied for Myers’ kick.
Myers would kick a 41-yard field goal just over two minutes later when the Seahawks got the ball back after a Jets’ 3-and-out.
The biggest offensive play of the game for the Jets this far in the game came next when Corey Ballentine returned a Seahawks punt 66 yards to the Seahawks 30-yard line. Darnold and the Jets would not be able to make any traction though, and Castillo would be forced to attempt a 37-yard field goal. The kick was wide-right, and no points were scored by the Jets. This was Castillo’s second missed field goal of the game after he missed a 41-yard kick earlier in the game.
After both offences stalled for the rest of the quarter, Wilson and the Seahawks drove down the field late in the half, and their 9-play, 69-yard drive was capped with a 12-yard TD run by RB Chris Carson, in which he leaped over a Jets defender at the goal line, and into the end zone. Myers would miss the kick to add the extra point, and the score stayed 23-3 for Seattle.
With 0:28 left in the half, the Jets had a fantastic last-minute drive down into Seahawks territory, with the highlight being a 34-yard pass from Darnold to Braxton Berrios. With 10 seconds of the clock, the Jets attempted a field goal and Castillo was wide again, missing his third field goal of the day. The score was 23-3 at the break.
The Seahawks picked up right where they left off to begin the second half, eating six-and-half-minutes of the clock on their first drive that ended in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Will Dissly. Myers was good on the convert to make the score 30-3 for the home team. As was the story the entire first half for the Jets, they failed to get anything going offensively, and the Seahawks eventually put up another touchdown, this time on a 3-yard TD pass to David Moore from Wilson. Myers’ single-point put Seattle up by a whopping 34 points. The lead was comfortable enough for Seattle head coach Pete Carroll to pull some of his starters, including Wilson, in order for the regular backups to get some playing time. Geno Smith replaced Wilson at quarterback to begin the fourth quarter.
With the struggling Jets offence and most of Seattle’s starters pulled in the fourth, the only more scoring we would see in the game is another field goal from Jason Myers to put the Seahawks at 40 points on the night. Final score: Seattle 40, New York 3.
Russell Wilson went 21/27 for 206 yards, and threw 4 touchdowns and 1 interception through a little under 3 quarters of action. His replacement, Geno Smith, went 4/5 for 33 yards in his time on the field.
Sam Darnold was 14/26 for 132 yards. Jets kicker Sergio Castillo was 1/4 on field goal attempts, while Seahawks kicker Jason Myers went 2/2 on field goal attempts and 4/5 on single point converts.
For offence, DK Metcalf led the Seahawks with 6 catches for 61 yards and 1 touchdown, his longest catch being a 19-yard grab. The Jets were led by Braxton Berrios who had 3 catches for 49 yards, his longest being a 34-yard catch-and-run.
After an awful showing, one has to wonder about the job security of Jets head coach Adam Gase, who has had fans of the team calling for his firing since at least Week 5.
The Jets will face another tough NFC West opponent next weekend in the Los Angeles Rams. The Seahawks will travel out east to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Football Team who is fighting for first place in the abysmal NFC East.
Seahawks’ safety Jamal Adams had one sack in the game, adding his total on the season to 8.5 sacks. This becomes the most sacks by a defensive back in a single season in NFL history.
This game was the fourteenth straight game in which the Seahawks scored over 300 yards of offence.
The 2020 Jets have scored an average of 15 points per game this season, by far the worst in the league. The 2017 Cleveland Browns and 2008 Detroit Lions are the only other teams with that low of a point-per-game average through their first 13 games. Both of those teams finished their seasons 0-16.
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