Seahawks 13. Jets 3. Just outright pathetic. Ok, I know the weather was poor, but that is still no excuse why they should have lost to that team. This was about as bad is it gets for the Jets and their fans. The blame for this goes to everyone on that field on Sunday. Players and coaches equally. Just watching the way they have played over the past month, it's amazing that they beat the Titans and Patriots back in November. They would have been totally embarrassed if they played in those games like they have over the past four weeks.
The Jets brought Brett Favre here to bring this team back to respectability. Instead of bringing the Jets up to his level, the Jets brought him down to theirs. After the win over the Titans, Favre could do no wrong in the Jets eyes. Since that game he has done very little right. In Seattle, Favre went 18/31 for 187 yards and two interceptions. And for the third time in four weeks he had zero touchdowns. He started off red hot in the frigid temperatures on Sunday by going 8/9 and getting the Jets a field goal on their opening drive. It was all pretty much downhill after that. He just never seemed to get into any kind of groove. The defense kept constant pressure on him and ended up sacking him 4 times. He was also forced into a handful of bad throws and that led to the two interceptions. As we have all seen multiple times over the past few weeks, Favre was again under throwing his receivers. So either he is hurt or age has finally caught up to him. Jerricho Cotchery had a nice game, grabbing 6 balls for 81 yards. Laveranues Coles had 60 yards of his own but dropped a deep ball late in the game. On a 4th and 2 with about 2 minutes to go and the Jets down 10-3, Favre heaved a deep ball down to about the Seahawks 40 yard line that Coles caught but the ball was knocked out by the defender. It was probably Favre's best pass of the day.
The running game was mediocre as well. Thomas Jones was only able to run for 67 yards on 17 carries against a beat up Seahawks defensive line. Jets fullback Tony Richardson, who only had 5 carries all season coming into the game, was able to get 5 carries for 34 yards himself. In total, the Jets ran for a total of 115 yards against a team with a makeshift defensive line. Once again, Leon Washington was not a major part of the Jets game plan on offense. He had 3 carries for 14 yards and had no receptions. Every week, Jets fans call for this man to get the ball more and more and it seems Eric Mangini gets it to him less and less. I know Thomas Jones is one of the league leaders in rushing but Leon adds a different dimension to the offense. With the way the weather was on Sunday, the Jets should have ran the ball easily over 30 times in this game. Just a bad game plan all around by the coaching staff.
The Jets defensive line turned another poor performance as well, their third in the past four games. Maurice Morris, who has been filling in for Julius Jones, gained 116 yards on 29 carries. The Jets, who hadn't allowed a 100 yard rusher through week 12, has now allowed three in the past four weeks. The defensive line has just looked tired and was shut down Sunday. They also did not get too much pressure on Seneca Wallace as he was not sacked in the game. The Seahawks were playing an offensive line of primarily backup's and the Jets still could not get to Wallace. The defensive has looked run down over the last quarter of the season and does not look like it will improve before next week.
The Jets secondary had a better game then we have seen, but that was due mainly to the weather. They held Wallace to 175 passing yards and were able to recover two fumbles as well. Both fumbles were caused due to the horrible field conditions in Seattle. Bobby Engram was Seattle's leading receiver with 6 catches for 65 yards. Obviously the Jets only allowed the one touchdown but we'll chalk that up to Mother Nature. Wallace was basically mistake free all game since New York did not force him to make bad throws and had no interceptions on the afternoon. He was able to lead Seattle on some long drives and kill the clock, even though the drives did not amount to anything on the scoreboard.
So over the past four weeks, the Jets have gone from 8-3 and cruising to an AFC East title and a home game in the playoffs, to just plain missing the playoffs. Yeah, I know they have not been officially eliminated yet, but that will come on Sunday by the arm of Chad Pennington. Mangini and his coaching staff have looked like a chicken with its head cut off in recent weeks. Right now the team needs a miracle to make the playoffs (beating Miami and having the Ravens and Patriots both lose). They have completely collapsed in December and even if they were to make the playoffs, they will not go far at all. So sad to see such a promising season go down the tubes so fast. It seems only fitting right now to see Pennington come in here and put the final nail in the coffin next Sunday.