Seahawks vs Jets: Top 6 takeaways from Week 4 matchup
By Jason Rodriguez
In the Seahawks vs Jets Week 4 matchup, Gang Green once again showed no urgency in Week 4 that had many worried if this season can be saved.
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) looks to pass while defended by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Jets took another huge step back in Week 4 as they lost to the Seattle Seahawks by the score of 27-17. From the start of the Seahawks vs Jets game, Gang Green were outplayed on both sides of the football.
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They tied the franchise record with nine turnovers in two games which is something not to be proud of. The Jets’ defense couldn’t get a rhythm going which again made them stay on the field longer.
With this loss, the Jets fall to 1-3 and head back on the road to face two very difficult opponents in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. If things aren’t going to turn around soon, then they will be on the outside looking in.
The Jets need to throw out the tapes from these past two weeks performance and refocus. They need to go back and actually look at the tape from the lone win they have this season.
Let’s take a deeper look and break down the top 5 takeaways from this Week 4 matchup.
Next: 6. Offense once again showed no urgency
6. Offense once again showed no urgency
Throughout the game, the Jets’ offense looked very sluggish and like they were playing Week 1 and Week 3. The absence of wide receiver Eric Decker who is out with a torn labrum didn’t help spread the offense out.
For the second straight week, the Jets totaled 305 yards of total offense which is okay but needs to improve. They had a few costly penalties on the offensive side of the football. Again, they struggled in the red zone as the Jets went 1 for 2 when they needed to score on every play and not come away with nothing.
They relied on the run game which was nonproductive as it only mustered 58 yards. If they mix up the play calling then it could open the field up more and help keep those chains moving.
The Jets have the playmaking wide receivers that could help the team out and help the play calling become much easier. It’s important they get everyone involved and have a sense of urgency to score touchdowns.
Next: 5. Wide receivers not on the same page
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after a catch in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
5. Wide receivers not on the same page
Once again, the receivers for the Jets were not productive and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a rough outing. Fitzpatrick went 23 for 41 for 261 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.
Fitzpatrick had made key throws and his receivers were not on the same page at all. When the Jets were actually driving down the field, the receivers failed to make easy receptions.
The longest reception was 41 yards by Marshall and he had the only passing touchdown. Also, the players tried to move up the field before they had the ball which hurt potential drives a lot.
The rookie receivers of Charone Peake, Robby Anderson, and Jalin Marshall when he comes back from injury will need to step up to help the veterans. It is important for them to get more involved and help take the workload off Decker and Marshall.
Next: 4. Defensive secondary continues to get toasted
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4. Defensive secondary continues to get toasted
For four weeks straight now, the Jets’ defensive secondary was beaten on too many big plays. In Week 4, they couldn’t contain wide receivers or anyone playing tight end.
Jimmy Graham once again had a big game as he had six receptions for a total of 113 yards. He came up big when the team was in third and long situations.
One big play that coverage was blown was when Tanner McEvoy scored on a 42-yard touchdown pass which he was wide open. Safety Calvin Pryor blew his coverage that allowed McEvoy to be that open.
They continue to play loose in coverage and miss a lot of tackles which is frustrating to watch as a fan. From watching the game twice now, there had to be at least 14 miss total tackles in the game. There could have been more but from all the big plays many people could have lost count.
Next: 3. Fitzmagic was again Fitztragic
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) gets hit by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
3. Fitzmagic was again Fitztragic
This was once again one of the worst performances by Fitzpatrick who again, threw another three interceptions. He has total of nine interceptions between two games which is tied for a franchise record. He went 23 for 41 for a total of 261 yards in passing with a rating of 41.7.
Fitzpatrick took another step back in trying to build the trust back with the team. He continued to try to force throws into double coverage and didn’t use his check downs.
He again had an abysmal performance, it was beyond words in how to word this latest performance. He needs to be more of a leader and stop making dumb mistakes.
If things don’t change he will find himself on the bench and will be the one cheering his teammates on. He especially didn’t make smart decisions especially when they were in the red zone.
Next: 2. Offensive playcalling continues to be terrible
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) changes direction on a run in front of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cassius Marsh (91) in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
2. Offensive playcalling continues to be terrible
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has this team doing the same thing over and over and opponents are picking up on it. Gailey can’t use his type of offensive play calling anymore because it’s not working at all.
The fans are tired of it and want changes to happen already because the season is starting to slip away. These next two games they will need to score as many points as they can to stay in the game.
The time of possession for the Jets have faltered down each week and have a cause of concern for what is truly going wrong. If it doesn’t change the defense will get themselves hurt for how long they will be on the field each and every game.
They need to fix the problems because this playcalling isn’t acceptable anymore. Gailey has to catch up with the current day and not the past, change things up to at least attempt to keep those chains moving.
Next: 1. Offensive line is starting to falter
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) waits to snap the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
1. Offensive line is starting to falter
These past two games the Jets’ offensive line has not gotten any penetration to drive back opposing defenders. They aren’t being smart in who needs to block who and when a blitz is happening.
The offensive line was not able to contain the Seahawks pressure which allowed them to cash in on the mistakes. They are also getting too many penalties brought on themselves.
They weren’t able to keep the blitzes from coming at Fitzpatrick which almost got him put in a position to possibly get hurt. They also couldn’t contain themselves from not showing their frustration.
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Again, these next two games for the Jets will be the final reality check. The offensive line will need to be on point because both opponents have tremendous defenses that it could make their day a nightmare.