Following their bye week the New York Jets picked up right where they left off—on the losing end of yet another lackluster performance. Gang Green made the trek to the Pacific Northwest in dire need of a win in order to keep its sinking ship afloat, but Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks had other plans in mind. Mark Sanchez’s former college ball coach rallied the Seahawks to a convincing 28-7 win, rattling New York’s franchise signal-caller in the process.
For the fifth time this season, Sanchez completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts while tossing a costly red zone interception in the second quarter and losing a fumble in the early stages of the fourth quarter. In his fourth year as a pro, Sanchez was thoroughly outplayed by first-year quarterback Russell Wilson who finished the day 12-of-19 for 188 yards with two touchdowns.
Even with his embattled quarterback showing no signs of improvement the past few weeks, head coach Rex Ryan continues to defend Sanchez, expressing confidence and belief in him as the team’s starter, while squashing any rumors that Tebow time could be on the horizon in the Big Apple. While Jets’ fans continue to grow restless and cast serious doubt on Sanchez’s long-term future with the team, the coaching staff and teammates continue to support their incumbent starter.
Ryan’s defense was stout for three quarters, but the wheels came off in the fourth with Seattle wearing maintaining offensive possession for over 36 minutes of the contest. The Jets consistently pressured Wilson in the pocket tallying four sacks and seven quarterback hits, but steady diet of running back Marshawn Lynch gashed New York for 124 yards from 27 bruising carries. While the defensive unit wore down in the final stanza, the futility and miscues on offense proved too great to overcome. Sanchez and company had five 3-and-out possessions, ushering the defense back on the field with barely a minute to catch their breath.
On the verge of capturing a 14-7 second quarter advantage, tight end Dustin Keller committed a false start penalty on third down, forcing Tebow off the field in favor of Sanchez. On the following play, Sanchez telegraphed a pass in the direction of Keller, but cornerback Richard Sherman flew through for the interception and put a halt to a potential scoring drive. The Jets lost the momentum and the offense continued in a downward spiral throughout the rest of the afternoon.
At a record of 3-6 the Jets are closer AFC doormats than true playoff contenders. While Ryan and crew are still keeping their fading postseason dreams alive, it’s truly sink or swim time for Gang Green.