GAMEDAY CROSS EXAMINATION: JETS AT SEAHAWKS

Shonn Greene | New York Jets

Green and White Report's Nick St. Denis previews the Jets pivotal matchup with the Seattle Seahawks

When the Seahawks are on offense:

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has looked like anything but a rookie at home. He's thrown nine touchdowns to no interceptions and is 4-0 at CenturyLink Field. Wilson has been very good at adjusting on the fly when plays break down, so the Jets' defense must maintain stout coverage on his receivers to give its mediocre pass rush time to chase him down.

When the Seahawks are on defense:

Seattle's defense is extremely aggressive. Its big cornerbacks in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner aren't afraid to play physical with opposing receivers and have a knack for forcing fumbles. Also, the Seahawks have amassed 25 sacks thanks to a deep and well-rounded front-seven.

A Seahawks strength:

Steadiness at running back. The Seahawks are averaging 138.9 rushing yards a game, which ranks seventh in the league despite having the third-fewest rushes of 20 yards or more. They have Marshawn Lynch and his stellar yards-after-contact work to thank for that.

A Seahawks weakness:

While Wilson has been mistake-free at home, Seattle's passing offense overall is its biggest weakness. The Seahawks' receiving corps is so-so, and Seattle has lacked the ability to make big plays downfield on a consistent basis, which has put more pressure on the run game.

Matchup to watch:

Mark Sanchez and the Jets' offensive line vs. Seattle's pass rush. Sanchez has been one of the most anemic passers in the league when under duress, and he's seen plenty of heat this season with a leaky offensive front guarding him. With the 12th Man at full volume and the Seahawks' front-seven in attack mode, Sanchez could be in for a long day.

Final thoughts:

I think the Rex Ryan will have the Jets coming out firing on all cylinders after and embarrassing loss before the bye, and I expect the special teams group to redeem itself after a deplorable showing against the Dolphins. It'll be closer than most are predicting.

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