With the New York Jets coming off a terrible loss last week in Kansas City, they find themselves once again in a must-win situation in Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Because of the tough schedule ahead, almost every game from here on out until the New York Jets get rolling are must wins. The Seattle Seahawks haven’t looked particularly dominant offensively but they are sporting the league’s best defense. Judging how the Jets executed against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, Sunday could be a rather long day.
Quarterback Russell Wilson has sprained his MCL in his knee. While he’ll still be starting this week, he’s still one of the best at his position playing today. This can be a benefit to the Jets if Wilson can’t escape the pocket with ease. The Jets must get more pressure on the edges and win at the line of scrimmage to disrupt Wilson.
Quarterback Alex Smith was able to find receivers with quick slants and let them do the work to get huge chunks of yards. The linebackers and secondary of the Jets have to do a better job at tackling and closing those lanes.
Otherwise, you could see another quick, one read offense gashing the Jets down the middle once again. Then you have quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who continues his pattern of inconsistency. Will we see the Fitzpatrick from Thursday Night Football in Buffalo or the abysmal one in Kansas City?
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Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey must be a bit more creative or this could get ugly fast in front of the home crowd.
If Seattle shuts down the run game and Fitzpatrick is forced to throw down the field more times than not, the Jets will be in trouble.
The screen game should be a big part of this offense to keep the Seattle defense off-balance.
Fitzpatrick will not win you most games with his arm, but the Jets’ offense becomes quite vanilla when he struggles.
Consistency is key with him and the Jets must come out fast and with energy. Head coach Todd Bowles can’t be hesitant in pulling Fitzpatrick out of the game if he continues to struggle. This isn’t about pride and loyalty, it’s about winning football games and in a must-win situation.
In the end, the Seahawks will be a real test against the Jets. Both teams are coming into this game with everything to prove and if the Jets want to be contenders again, must step up and rise to the occasion.