The Seattle Seahawks improved to 3-1 on the season with a 27-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Russell Wilson was 23-of-32 for 309 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions with a passer rating of 133.5, showing almost no signs of the high ankle sprain and sprained MCL suffered this season; Sure, Wilson was less mobile and was not perceived as a running threat, but that just allowed him the opportunity to prove (once again) that he’s an exceptional pocket passer. Wilson tore up one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL, doing enough to overcome the Jets’ talented defensive line and the pressure they created.
New York was able to contain the Seahawks running game to 66 yards on 26 carries (including kneeldowns) but Wilson was able to get the ball downfield and find receivers like Jimmy Graham, Doug Baldwin, Tanner McEvoy, Paul Richardson, and four others. Graham had 113 yards, making it back-to-back 100-yard games for the tight end; he’s just the seventh player in franchise history to do that and the first tight end.
Wilson threw touchdowns to C.J. Spiller (Seattle debut), McEvoy, and Christine Michael. It’s the third time in his career that he’s had 300 passing yards and three passing touchdowns.
The Seahawks defense struggled at times, allowing a long scoring drive to the Jets offense late in the first half, but eventually settled in, including an interception by Richard Sherman, his first of the season — followed by his second pick of the year with under a minute remaining. Then Earl Thomas nabbed his first pick of the year with 5:42 left in the game. The Jets finished with 305 total yards and 4.7 yards per play.
Seattle now has their bye week, giving Wilson and some of his teammates who were inactive (C.J. Prosise, Nick Vannett, Jarran Reed, Thomas Rawls) 13 days to rest before their Week 6 matchup at home vs the Atlanta Falcons.