Know Your Opponent: Week 4 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Matthew Stalker with a Know Your Opponent, breaking down the Seattle Seahawks…

After an absolute brutal display in a Week 3 loss at Kansas City, the New York Jets will host the Seattle Seahawks for their Week 4 match-up on Sunday afternoon.  Let’s get to know the Jets’ opponent for Week 4…

Offense
QB – Russell Wilson
RB – Christine Michael
WR – Doug Baldwin
WR – Tyler Lockett
WR – Jermaine Kearse
TE – Jimmy Graham
LT – Bradley Sowell
LG – Mark Glowinski
C – Justin Britt
RG – Germain Ifedi (Doubtful)
RT – Garry Gilliam

Analysis
In the first two games of the season against the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams, only one touchdown was scored by the Seahawks offense.  It’s pretty clear for Seattle that the changes made to the offensive line are much to blame for their offensive struggles.  Even after allowing 114 quarterback hits last season despite having one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the league, the team let Russel Okung walk in the off-season.  That coupled with the retirement of one of the best rushers in the league in Marshawn Lynch doesn’t help this team early on.

Seattle’s offense came alive in Week 3, but against a fairly weak San Francisco 49ers defense.  Christine Michael has two scores on the ground and touchdowns were caught by Jimmy Graham and Dough Baldwin, who put up 164 yards on eight catches.  Russell Wilson left the game against San Francisco in the third quarter with a sprained MCL but is going to give it a go this week in New York.

Seattle enters Week 4 averaging 257 yards passing and 102 yards on the ground per game.

Defense
LDE – Michael Bennett
LDT – Ahtyba Rubin
RDT – Jarran Reed
RDE – Cliff Avril
OLB – Mike Morgan
MLB – Bobby Wagner
MLB – K.J. Wright
LCB – Richard Sherman
SS – Kam Chancellor
FS – Earl Thomas
RCB – Jeremy Lane

Analysis
The Seahawks defense is just what you would expect from it.  They are ranked first overall in total defense, second in passing defense, and ninth in rushing defense, though they have not played against any high-powered offenses yet this season.  Regardless, they are an extremely talent group the Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick cannot sleep on.  After seeing Fitzpatrick throw six interceptions last week in Kansas City, you know the Seahawks’ secondary is ready to feast on his passes.

Special Teams
P – Jon Ryan
K – Steven Hauschka
LS – Nolan Frese
KR – Tyler Lockett
PR – Tyler Lockett

Analysis
The Seahawks and coach Brian Schneider expect their special teams unit to go back to being one of their biggest strengths, stating this group “is as complete as we’ve been.”  Kicker Steven Hauschka is one of the league’s top kickers, and so far this season continues to prove that.  He is 6/6 on field goals and 4/5 on extra points.  Punter Jon Ryan has had to punt the ball 15 times this season and is averaging 44.3 yards per kick.  In the return game, Tyler Lockett has returned six punts, averaging 18.3 yards per return.  Despite Lockett being listed on the depth chart, a couple players such as Paul Richardson (kickoff) and even Richard Sherman (punt) have gone back on return duty.

Prediction
Seahawks 20, Jets 23
Record: 1-2

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