The Turn On The Jets staff discusses what match-up they are most looking forward to this weekend when the New York Jets travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. Make sure to give everybody a follow on Twitter –
Joe Caporoso – The Jets aren’t beating Seattle unless they do two things: slow down Marshawn Lynch (keep him somewhere in the 60-80 total rushing yards area) and don’t let the Seahawks pass rush take over the game. If this game is put into Russel Wilson’s hands to win, the Jets defense has a good shot of forcing a few mistakes and putting themselves into a position for an upset. If Mark Sanchez can stay relatively upright, he has a better chance of protecting the football and making a few plays down the stretch. This is a brutally tough match-up for the Jets and one that will require them to excel in areas they have struggled in all season.
Rob Celletti – I’m interested in seeing how the Jets’ run defense handles Marshawn Lynch. Everyone who loves Seattle loves to praise Russell Wilson, whose career is off to a nice start, but this team’s offense starts and ends with an effective ground game. Lynch has been stellar this year, and has gotten hot as of late, with three straight 100-yard efforts and touchdowns in his last two. He can actually eclipse the 1,000 yard mark with a 120-yard performance on Sunday.
TJ Rosenthal – Energy. Seattle is a brutal place for opponents to play. The 12th man keeps the Seahawks amped up all day. Forget isolating attention on “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch. The Jets have to equal what the Seahawks energy level is. We want to see passion, and more desperation. Play like the season is on the line, because it is. Please don’t tell us about who is left on the schedule after Sunday. 3-6 is a death wish.
Chris Gross – Marshawn Lynch vs. Jets Run Defense – “Beast Mode” currently ranks 2nd in the NFL in total rushing with 881 yards and 4 touchdowns on 185 carries, averaging just below 98 yards per game. Conversely, the Jets rank 29th in run defense, currently surrendering an average of 141.4 yards per game to opposing backs. New York can easily make Seattle’s offense one dimensional, as they have previously feasted on opposing rookie quarterbacks this season (Tannehill week 3, Luck week 6), however, the Seahawks’ rushing attack, led by Lynch, could certainly be enough to keep the Jets defense on their heals. Kenrick Ellis is set to return from injury this week, which will greatly bolster the front seven due to his ability to occupy multiple blockers at the Nose Tackle position. This should realistically give the Jets linebackers more space to avoid blockers and make plays. The key in this matchup will be tackling. We have previously discussed New York’s tackling woes in our defensive film breakdowns, and when facing a back like Lynch, who has made a name for himself in this league through his ability to accumulate yards after contact, sound tackling will be even more important. Seattle’s passing game is average at best. No receiver on the roster poses any severe threat to New York’s strong secondary, however if the Jets allow Lynch to gain extra yards after contact due to poor tackling, Seattle’s passing offense, or lack thereof, will be irrelevant. Lynch needs to be shut down or it will surely be another long Sunday for Gang Green.
Mike Donnelly – Jets Coaches vs. Themselves – The matchup I’m most looking forward to seeing isn’t necessarily one that’s going to happen between the lines, but rather on the sidelines. I want to see how Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano prepared during the by week to better use their players. There has been endless talk about Tim Tebow’s role and how it will be altered, but I’m interested in seeing how they come out and attack this very good Seattle defense. I want to see if roles will grow for players like Joe McKnight and Jeremy Kerley. On the other side of the ball, I want to see what has changed with our defense. WIll Quinton Coples play a bigger role finally? Can we see more Demario Davis and Marcus Dowtin? Will the older players like Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, and Calvin Pace finally be weeded out? Starting this week in Seattle, we’re going to have a pretty good idea of what we can expect the rest of the way.
Chris Celletti – Can the Jets prevent Beast Mode? The only chance that Gang Green has in this game is if they can keep Marshawn Lynch largely in check. I fully expect to see the Jets’ offense at its horrifying worst. Seattle’s defense is young, fast, stifling and makes things happen (or, you know, what the Jets’ defense should be with Rex Ryan as head coach), and regardless of even getting into Mark Sanchez, the Jets’ offense just isn’t very good overall. However, as long as they show up ready to play, I think the Jets’ defense will do just fine against rookie QB Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ receivers. It’s Lynch that could be the big problem. If he runs all over the Jets, they’ll control the clock, field position, and will probably put up points. That points to a loss for the Jets. Stop Lynch, and you may stay in this thing until the end.