Wil­son throws 3 TDs in win over Jets

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

Rus­sell Wil­son was sharp and ef­fi­cient de­spite play­ing with a sprained knee, throw­ing three touch­down passes in the Seat­tle Sea­hawks’ 27-17 vic­tory over the New York Jets on Sun­day.

Wil­son in­jured the me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his left knee last week against San Fran­cisco and wasn’t his usual mo­bile self in this one, but his arm was plenty good. He fin­ished 23 of 32 for 309 yards while wear­ing a brace on his leg as the Sea­hawks (3-1) won at MetLife Sta­dium for the first time since beat­ing the Den­ver Bron­cos in the Su­per Bowl in 2014.

Jimmy Gra­ham, ques­tion­able with back spasms ear­lier in the week, had six catches for 113 yards, in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive 17-yard one-handed grab in the open­ing quar­ter, while giv­ing the Jets (1-3) fits all game.

Wil­son missed the first snap of his ca­reer due to in­jury last week­end af­ter get­ting pulled down by San Fran­cisco’s Eli Harold. The Sea­hawks quar­ter­back has also dealt with a sprained right an­kle from the opener against Mi­ami. He was ef­fi­cient against the Jets, es­pe­cially in the first half when he went 10 of 11 for 191 yards and two TDs and a per­fect 158.3 quar­ter­back rat­ing. He fin­ished with mi­nus-5 yards on five rushes for Seat­tle, which has a bye next week­end.

Wil­son helped Seat­tle, mak­ing the first of three East Coast trips this sea­son, im­prove to 8-5 in its last 13 games with a 1 p.m. Eastern start time.

Richard Sher­man had two in­ter­cep­tions and Earl Thomas one as Ryan Fitz­patrick and the Jets couldn’t get much go­ing against the NFL’s No. 1-ranked de­fense.

Fitz­patrick, com­ing off a six-in­ter­cep­tion per­for­mance at Kansas City , was 23 of 41 for 261 yards, in­clud­ing a 17-yard touch­down pass to Bran­don Mar­shall. The Jets were with­out re­ceiver Eric Decker , who’s week to week with a par­tially torn right ro­ta­tor cuff.

Mar­shall’s first touch­down catch of the sea­son on a back-shoul­der throw to the front-left cor­ner of the end zone over Sher­man cut the deficit to four at 14-10 with 13 sec­onds left in the open­ing half. Seat­tle took ad­van­tage of an in­ter­cep­tion by Sher­man at the start of the fourth quar­ter. Wil­son found Gra­ham for 24 yards — a catch chal­lenged by the Jets but up­held by re­view — and then con­nected with Paul Richardson for 27 yards to make it first-and-

goal from the 6.

On the next play, Wil­son rolled to his right and lofted a pass to Chris­tine Michael, who reached over the py­lon to make it 24-10.


Rookie Charone Peake scored his first NFL touch­down when Fitz­patrick was sacked by Cliff Avril and fum­bled, but the re­ceiver picked up the ball and zipped 42 yards into the end zone with 2:15 left that made it 27-17.


Tan­ner McEvoy’s first NFL catch was one for the tro­phy case as he was wide open down­field when Wil­son hit him for a 42-yard touch­down that put the Sea­hawks up 14-3. McEvoy, a New Jersey na­tive, was an un­drafted free agent out of Wis­con­sin.


C.J. Spiller, who signed with the Sea­hawks ear­lier in the week , made his first big play for Seat­tle with an 8-yard touch­down catch early in the sec­ond quar­ter. Spiller had worked out for the Jets be­fore he signed with the Sea­hawks, and made New York pay for not sign­ing him, giv­ing Seat­tle a 7-3 lead.

The drive was high­lighted by a 27-yard catch by Gra­ham and a 37-yard grab by Doug Bald­win, who held onto the ball de­spite tak­ing a huge hit from Calvin Pryor, who was flagged for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness, putting the ball at the Jets 5.


Seat­tle guard Ger­main Ifedi, the 31st over­all pick in the draft, made his reg­u­lar-sea­son de­but. Ifedi missed the first three games (an­kle), but started at right guard af­ter go­ing through a full week of prac­tice.


Bald­win came out briefly early in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter tak­ing the hit from Pryor. He re­turned later in the quar­ter . ... Jets CB Dar­relle Re­vis suf­fered a thigh in­jury in the fourth quar­ter and didn’t re­turn . ... RG Brian Win­ters left in the sec­ond quar­ter with a head in­jury af­ter he banged hel­mets with a Sea­hawks de­fender — and was called for an un­nec­es­sary rough­ness penalty. He was re­placed by Brent Qvale, who had started at RT.


New York Jets wide re­ceiver Robby An­der­son (11) catches a pass in front of Seat­tle Sea­hawks’ DeShawn Shead (35) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sun­day in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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