Jets look to bounce back from loss against Seat­tle

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Den­nis Waszak Jr.

The New York Jets will look to bounce back from last week's sloppy de­feat to the Chiefs in Kansas City to­day when they play host to the Seat­tle Sea­hawks at MetLife Sta­dium.

Pete Car­roll and the Seat­tle Sea­hawks have seen the Jets’ ugly game film from last week, when Ryan Fitz­patrick kept throw­ing the ball to the other team.

One in­ter­cep­tion af­ter the other — six in all for the New York quar­ter­back.

Car­roll’s not ex­pect­ing any­thing close to that type of slopfest to­day when the Sea­hawks (2-1) take on the Jets (1-2).

“Well, there’s three games, plus the pre­sea­son and last sea­son, and we have all kinds of stuff we’re look­ing at,” the Seat­tle coach said.

“We’re not look­ing at just that one. That was an out­lier and we’d love to have a game like that our­selves, but that is prob­a­bly once in a ca­reer. We know we’re go­ing to be up against it.”

The Jets get the chance to prove they’re more like the well-oiled of­fense that rolled up 493 yards in a 3731 win at Buf­falo two weeks ago than the mis­take-prone unit that strug­gled in a 24-3 loss at Kansas City last Sun­day.

“That would be crazy if I could sand­wich two player of the week (se­lec­tions) around that aw­ful game,” Fitz­patrick said, “but that’s (six in­ter­cep­tions ) just some­thing that can’t hap­pen.”

New York will be fac­ing a tough task against the NFL’s No. 1-ranked de­fense.

“They’ve prob­a­bly been the stan­dard for the long­est,” Fitz­patrick said. “It’s a lot of the same guys, same scheme and it’s tough. It’s tough to play against them.”

The Sea­hawks have al­lowed just 37 points in three games, rank­ing them sec­ond in that cat­e­gory. San Fran­cisco’s 18 points last week are the most Seat­tle has given up this sea­son, so Car­roll’s crew is stingy, as usual.

That doesn’t mean the Sea­hawks, play­ing at MetLife Sta­dium for the first time since win­ning the Su­per Bowl in 2014, are tak­ing any­thing for granted against the Jets.

“Very im­pres­sive so far,” Sea­hawks de­fen­sive end Michael Ben­nett said of New York. “Bran­don Mar­shall is a first-bal­lot Hall of Famer. Matt Forte is a Hall of Famer, too, so there are a lot of good play­ers.

Ryan Fitz­patrick is do­ing a great job. Eric Decker al­ways does a great job catch­ing, so this is a very good of­fen­sive team.”

Here are some other things to know about the Sea­hawks-Jets matchup:

RUS­SELL’S HUS­TLE

De­spite sprain­ing the me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his left knee last Sun­day against San Fran­cisco, Seat­tle quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son is ex­pected to start against New York.

Car­roll said Wil­son prac­ticed fully Wed­nes­day and didn’t see any rea­son, bar­ring a set­back, that the QB would be able to play.

It’s Wil­son’s sec­ond sig­nif­i­cant in­jury of the sea­son, though, af­ter sprain­ing an an­kle in the opener against Mi­ami. Jets coach Todd Bowles doesn’t an­tic­i­pate Wil­son chang­ing his style of play in light of the in­juries, with New York ex­pect­ing the Sea­hawks star to still try to make plays with his arm and feet.

“No, he’s a tough guy,” Bowles said. “I’m pretty sure he’ll take care of him­self.”

JETS RE­CEIVERS

New York’s re­ceiv­ing group is a bit banged up head­ing into the game, with Decker un­cer­tain to play with a shoul­der in­jury that kept him out of prac­tice.

Mar­shall was a full par­tic­i­pant, but is still deal­ing with knee and foot ail­ments, while rookie Jalin Mar­shall will be side­lined a few weeks with a torn labrum.

That leaves Quincy Enunwa, the Jets’ sur­prise leader with 17 catches, newly signed Jeremy Ross and rook­ies Robby An­der­son and Charone Peake as the team’s only fully healthy re­ceivers.

RED-ZONE WOES

The Jets were one of the most ef­fi­cient teams in the league last sea­son in the red zone, rank­ing third over­all (66.04 per­cent) on TDs in­side the op­po­nent’s 20-yard line.

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