3 keys to a NY Jets victory in Week 17 against the Seahawks

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On Sunday, the NY Jets will travel to the west coast to take on the Seattle Seahawks in a must-win game for the team. This game will also mark the return of Mike White since fracturing his ribs in the Week 13 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Here are the three keys to a Jets victory.

3. Contain Kenneth Walker

It's no secret that the Jets have an incredibly solid run defense. However, this week against Seattle will be a real test for the Gang Green defense. Kenneth Walker has taken over the RB1 role in Seattle and he has been playing very well.

Last week against the Chiefs, Walker ran for 106 yards on 26 attempts. He is known to break for long runs as well, rushing for a 20-yarder last week. On the season, Walker has 803 yards on 176 attempts. He's averaging 4.6 yards per rush and has also picked up nine touchdowns so far.

The Jets' defense has to be careful with how they go about containing Walker. Walker could break for an explosive run with ease if given the opportunity to. The Jets' defensive line has to step up and not let him get the space he needs to break free.

2. Geno Smith's revenge game?

It's no secret that this could be a trap game for the Jets. Geno Smith surely had this game circled on his calendar. The former Jets quarterback will be starting against his former team on Sunday and hopes to have a big day.

The Jets' pass defense could be on their heels all day. Smith is eighth in the NFL in passing yards with 3,886, tied for fourth in touchdowns with 27, and has a quarterback rating of 63.4 which is fifth in the league. With the Seahawks' incredibly talented receiving group, Smith could make the Jets pay if they make any mistakes in the secondary.

However, with Mike White back at the helm for the Jets, expect this game to be more even than it would be had Zach Wilson been starting. White has a completion percentage of 62 percent on the season and has thrown for 952 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

1. Don't crumble under the pressure

While this key is pretty self-explanatory, it's arguably the biggest key to a Jets victory. With the wild card race as close as it is, the Jets hold their destiny in their own hands. For the Jets to make the playoffs, they need a little help, but the biggest thing they have to do is win.

With such a young team, this could be easier said than done. However, the coaches and players must remember just to take it one game at a time.

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Going into Sunday and during the game, the Jets have to remain focused on the task at hand before worrying about what could be their biggest game of the season in the final week against Miami.