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Week 10 Game Recap: New York Jets 7, Seattle Seahawks 28


New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez, Pass: 9 - 22 - 124 - 0 TD / 1 INT

Sanchez turned in another lousy performance. Coming off a bye week, Sanchez completed just 40 percent of his passes, failed to score any points, and committed two turnovers that led to seven Seattle points. Even though three of the five first half drives were three-and-outs, the Jets had an opportunity to score after a costly Marshawn Lynch fumble. During his team's fourth drive, Sanchez completed a 43-yard pass down the left side to Jeremy Kerley to put his team in the red zone. After two Shonn Greene runs, the Jets brought Tim Tebow into the game. However, a Dustin Keller false start pushed the Jets back to the six-yard line. Sanchez came back in and made the game's biggest mistake. Sanchez starred down Stephen Hill in the middle of the end zone, but held onto the ball for too long and threw it across the field to Dustin Keller. Richard Sherman baited Sanchez into the throw, jumped the route, and intercepted the pass. Given the short field, this was a terrible read by Sanchez. This was his fourth red zone interception of the season.

As the game progressed, things did not get much better for Sanchez. During the fourth quarter, Sherman blitzed Sanchez, sacked him, and he fumbled the possession away. Sanchez converted just two of his eleven third down opportunities and took three sacks. The weather conditions were far from ideal, but Sanchez is out of excuses for his lousy play. While some may blame Tony Sparano's quarterback rotation for Sanchez's lack of rhythm and success, Sanchez has clearly regressed as a passer. His reads are not timely, his footwork is a mess, and his confidence is waning. A quarterback change may be imminent.

QB Tim Tebow, Pass: 3 - 3 - 8 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 14 - 0

Tebow appeared on seven offensive snaps, his most to date. However, Tebow's usage was perplexing. Tebow took his normal dose of designed shotgun runs, but was also designated as Jeremy Kerley's 'Personal Screen Pass Quarterback'. Tebow's three completions all went to Kerley on a quick bubble screens. While it may be part of the game plan, the Jets clearly don't trust Tebow throwing downfield.

As a runner, Tebow found some success, but a costly penalty negated an opportunity at a rushing touchdown. On a 3rd-and-Goal play from the Seattle 2-yard line, the Jets brought Tebow into the game, but a Dustin Keller false start penalty pushed Tebow back onto the sidelines.

As a gadget player, teams know what to expect when Tebow comes into the game. However, if the Jets give Tebow 60-70 plays, the results may change.

RB Shonn Greene, Rush: 15 - 58 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)

Greene turned in another workman-like, non-inspiring performance. He was able to pick up 18 of his 58 yards during his team's first drive, but was stuffed on a 4th-and-1 rush at Seattle's 40-yard line. This stop shifted momentum back to Seattle. During the first half, Bilal Powell spelled Greene on third downs, but Powell sustained a concussion in the second quarter and did not return. During the third quarter, Greene took a toss right for nine yards, his longest run of the game. Greene showed good patience, waiting for his blockers to engage before hitting the edge. With Powell and Joe McKnight nursing injuries, Greene is the lone, healthy Jet running back. His runs aren't exciting, but Greene is clearly receiving the majority of rushing attempts.

RB Lex Hilliard, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)

After Bilal Powell suffered a concussion, Hilliard became Shonn Greene's backup. Hilliard whiffed on a several pass blocking assignments and offers little value as a runner. During the third quarter, Hilliard settled into the soft zone and hauled in a nine-yard pass. He didn't generate any additional yardage after the catch.

RB Bilal Powell, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (1 targets)

After missing the last two games with a shoulder injury, Powell returned in a backup role. During his team's third drive, Powell took his sole handoff up the middle for a seven yard gain. Unlike his backfield counterpart Shonn Greene, Powell showed some burst. During his team's sixth drive, Powell caught a quick dump off pass and turned up field for a four yard gain. Powell left the game after suffering a concussion in the third quarter.

WR Jeremy Kerley, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 5 - 57 - 0 (8 targets)

While Kerley is known for his play making ability on offense, his special team's mistake led to seven Seattle points. During the first half, Kerley muffed a punt return and Seattle recovered. Five plays later, Seattle would turn Kerley's mistake into a Marshawn Lynch rushing touchdown. On offense, Kerley gained 43 of his 57 receiving yards on one play and 55 of his 57 receiving yards during the first half. During his team's third drive, Kerley put a nice double move on the much larger, Brandon Browner and hauled in the pass. Kerley generated 20 of his 43 yards after the catch, cutting back into the inside of the field to evade Kam Chancellor. Kerley was tackled on Seattle's seven-yard line, giving the Jets a golden red zone opportunity.

Kerley caught all three of Tim Tebow's pass attempts behind the line of scrimmage and created additional yardage after the catch. When Tebow came into the game, Seattle rolled its safeties up and played tight man coverage at the line of scrimmage. Kerley's was only able to generate a long of five yards on these plays.

Given the lopsided score, Kerley posted just one catch for two yards in the second half. Kerley was targeted just three times as the Jets failed to develop any sort of offensive rhythm.

WR Clyde Gates, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (5 targets)

Gates made his sole reception during his team's first drive. On a 3rd-and-8 play, Sanchez found Gates on an out-route for a ten-yard gain. Gates received four additional targets during the game, but had trouble with his footing. On three of his four targets, Gates slipped at the line of scrimmage and the target sailed over his head.

WR Stephen Hill (2 targets)

Hill had a difficult time against the larger, more physical Seattle corners. Hill was unable to beat press, man-to-man coverage off the line of scrimmage and his production suffered. Since he was unable to get open, each of his two targets was thrown out of bounds.

TE Dustin Keller, Rec: 3 - 47 - 0 (5 targets)

Alike Kerley, Keller was able to generate the majority of his production on a single play. During his team's tenth drive, Keller ran uncovered down the left sideline for a 32-yard gain. Seattle blew the coverage and Keller took advantage of the opportunity. During his team's ninth drive, Keller ran a slant route, dove, and secured an 11-yard gain. The window was small, but Keller had inside position and made the tough catch.


Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, Pass: 12 - 19 - 188 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 34 - 0

Russell Wilson had a very impressive performance. After his defense made a huge fourth down stop, Wilson needed just three plays before scoring the first touchdown. After a Marshawn Lynch run, Wilson scrambled, sidestepped Jet defenders, and completed the pass down the left sideline to Doug Baldwin for an 18-yard gain. On the next play, Wilson threw one of the best balls we've seen this season. Wilson threw a picture-perfect, back shoulder ball down the left sideline to Golden Tate for a 38-yard touchdown. Tate, who was working against Kyle Wilson, effortlessly plucked the perfectly thrown ball out of the air for the touchdown score. Russell Wilson lacks ideal height, but the touch on this pass was a thing of beauty.

Despite an impressive opening drive, Wilson reminded us that he is a rookie quarterback during his team's third drive. During the first play of this drive, Wilson had Sidney Rice open down the left sideline, but he held onto the ball for too long and was sacked by Bart Scott. On the next play, Wilson once again held onto the ball for too long, took a sack, and fumbled the ball away. Muhammad Wilkerson ran the fumble back for a 22-yard touchdown. During his team's fifth drive, Wilson once again fell victim to the Jets' pressure and fumbled the ball away. Luckily, Seattle was able to recover the fumble. Wilson knows that he must do a better job of feeling pressure and getting the ball out in a timely manner. Despite making a few first half mistakes, Wilson regrouped after halftime and played error-free football.

During his team's tenth drive, Wilson showed off his dual-threat ability as he led his team down the field. Holding a 14-7 lead in the third quarter, Wilson mixed in a few Lynch runs with a few play action passes as he put the game out of reach. On a 2nd-and-9 play at his 28-yard line, Wilson faked a counter play to Lynch, kept the football and ran right for an 18-yard gain. The Jet defense over pursued the play fake and Wilson had no problem running for the first down. The play call was reminiscent of a Washington Redskin, Robert Griffin III run. Three plays later, Wilson found Sidney Rice on a post-route for a 31-yard touchdown. Rice made an impressive diving catch, but Wilson once again threw a pass that only his receiver could catch.

While Wilson made his share of mistakes, he made big plays when his team needed them. It's much more than Mark Sanchez can attest to.

RB Marshawn Lynch, Rush: 27 - 124 - 1, Rec: 1 - 27 - 0 (1 targets)

It was the tale of two halves for Lynch. During the first half, Lynch rushed for just 39 yards on 14 carries and caught one pass for 27 yards. The Jet defense was very physical, attacking Lynch at the line of scrimmage and punishing him with aggressive gang tackles. During his team's third drive, Lynch lazily fumbled away a 3rd-and-3 carry on the New York 40-yard line. Lynch did not press the ball against his rib cage, allowing Muhammad Wilkerson to punch the ball out. However, Lynch would atone for this mistake. During his team's sixth drive, Lynch grabbed a screen pass and ran down the right sideline for a 27-yard gain. Lynch made the first tackler miss before getting behind his blockers and accelerating into the open field. Later in the drive, Lynch took advantage of Jeremy Kerley special teams blunder by cashing in on a one-yard touchdown plunge. The Jet defense stopped Lynch at the line of the scrimmage, but Lynch's second effort propelled him in for the score.

During the second half, Lynch unlocked his inner 'beast mode' as he wore down the battered Jet defense. Lynch ran for 51, third quarter yards and routinely attacked the line of scrimmage. During his team's ninth drive, Lynch took a 2nd-and-10 carry up the middle. At first glance, it appeared Lynch was stopped for a one-yard gain, but he kept his legs moving, broke away from one tackler to earn a nine-yard gain. During the fourth quarter, Lynch cashed in on his longest run of the day. On a 2nd-and-13 play, Lynch ran up the middle, cut right, hurdled a rookie tackler, and ran through two arm tackles for an 18-yard gain. With his team holding a second half lead, Lynch could smell the finish line and had no problem punishing defenders.

RB Robert Turbin, Rush: 7 - 17 - 0

Turbin received six of his seven carries during the fourth quarter. With the game already in hand, Turbin took each of his carries up the middle for minimal gains. The field was wet, so Turbin had a difficult time making cuts. Turbin received one first quarter carry where he gained four yards. Turbin followed center, Max Unger up the middle for a modest four-yard gain.

WR Doug Baldwin, Rec: 3 - 42 - 0 (4 targets)

Baldwin was the recipient of Russell Wilson's first completion. Working against Kyle Wilson, Baldwin ran an out-route and secured an 18-yard gain. During his team's ninth drive, Baldwin ran a crossing route over the middle of the field for a 11 yard gain. Baldwin showed toughness by running over the middle of the field and taking a big hit. However, Baldwin limped off the field after the play and did not return.

WR Golden Tate, Pass: 1 - 1 - 23 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 2 - 51 - 1 (2 targets)

Golden Tate performed with both his arms and legs. During his team's first drive, Tate ran a go-route down the left-sideline. Russell Wilson delivered a perfect back shoulder throw for a 38-yard touchdown. Tate was working against the smaller Kyle Wilson, so he had no issue reaching up to secure the catch. During the fourth quarter, Wilson delivered a quick screen to Tate. Tate made the play by hurdling over a defender and running through an arm tackle for a 14-yard gain. Four plays later, the Seahawks ran a misdirection, wide receiver throw play. Wilson pitched the ball to a motioning Tate who threw a perfect spiral to Sidney Rice in the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Given Tate's speed and play making ability, it's no surprise that the Jets bit on the run fake.

WR Sidney Rice, Rec: 2 - 54 - 2 (7 targets)

Rice made each of his receptions counts. Despite receiving the most targets among Seattle receivers, Rice didn't make a catch until the fourth quarter. On a 1st-and-10 play from the New York 31-yard line, Rice ran a post-route, dove for the ball in the end zone, and secured the catch. Rice used his big body to secure inside position and box out the smaller corner. There was a steady downpour throughout the second half, so Rice demonstrated impressive concentration by making the catch. During his team's next drive, Seattle ran a misdirection, wide receiver throw play. After Russell Wilson flipped the ball to Golden Tate, Rice ran a go-route into the end zone. The Jet secondary bit on the play, so Rice was uncovered in the end zone. Tate delivered a perfect pass to the wide open Rice for a 23-yard touchdown.

Outside of his touchdown grabs, Rice was often targeted on uncatchable passes. The Jets constantly deployed extra rushers, so Wilson would throw the ball away in Rice's direction.

TE Zach Miller, Rec: 5 - 37 - 0 (6 targets)

Miller was Russell Wilson's favorite third-down target. Three of Miller's five receptions occurred on third downs. During his team's ninth drive, Miller caught a 3rd-and-7 pass, ran over the first tackler, lowered his pad level to bounce off another defender, and lunged for a nine-yard gain. During his team's next drive, Wilson found Miller on a roll out pass for nine yards. During Seattle's last offensive play, Wilson found Miller down the left sideline for an 11-yard gain. The Seahawks converted Miller into a blocking tight end, but showed confidence in him as a receiver during third downs.


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