This is the type of win that’s been long overdue.
The New York Jets (0-13) took an early 3-0 lead on the Seattle Seahawks (9-4) and then got destroyed for the rest of the afternoon at Lumen Field. Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns, did not get sacked once, Chris Carson rushed for 76 yards and a TD, and the defense predictably locked down a dismal Jets offense for a 40-3 victory. It’s the first 30+ point win by the Seahawks since a 40-7 whipping of the Carolina Panthers back in 2016. The only things that could’ve been better were not dropping passes and interceptions. Beyond that, Seattle had its “get right” game after a shock loss to the New York Giants last week.
Seattle remains tied for 1st place in the NFC West with the Los Angeles Rams. This same awful Jets team plays the Rams next week, by the way.
For a seventh straight game, the Jets scored on their opening possession. Frank Gore rushed for 11 on the game’s first play and Brashad Perriman got New York into field goal range but that’s as far as they would go. Sergio Castillo split the uprights. 3-0 Jets.
The Seahawks needed only six plays to travel 75 yards and get an opening drive touchdown. A pair of runs by Chris Carson, a quick throw to DK Metcalf, designed runs for David Moore and Penny Hart, and a touchdown by a wide open Freddie Swain thrown by Russell Wilson. 7-3 Seahawks.
After a Jets three-and-out, Russell Wilson threw a pretty terrible interception to Marcus Maye, who tipped the ball to himself and caught it in the end zone. DK Metcalf was the intended receiver but Wilson got greedy with Jacob Hollister open underneath. The Jets punted after four plays but Jamal Adams could’ve picked Darnold right back if not for having stone hands on the play.
Tyler Lockett was wide open for 20 yards on a 3rd and 4 and sure enough the running game got going with Carlos Hyde. Early in the 2nd quarter, Wilson found DK Metcalf on the fade route for the easy score. 14-3 Seahawks.
On the next offensive play, Jamal Adams and Snacks Harrison combined to make Frank Gore fumble. Bobby Wagner was there for the recovery and Seattle kicked a field goal after a 3rd and 2 stuffed Carson run. 17-3 Seahawks.
A big kick return by Corey Ballentine set up the Jets with great field position at about the Seahawks’ 30. After converting on 3rd and 5 into the red zone, Sam Darnold was unable to make a 3rd and 10 throw and Castillo missed from 37 yards out. No points allowed!
Seattle went three-and-out following a 3rd down drop by David Moore on what would’ve been a big gainer. The Jets were bailed out on an illegal contact penalty by DJ Reed and eventually drove into Seahawks territory. Shaquill Griffin got away with obvious pass interference near the end zone and the Jets settled for a field goal... only to miss again!
Two-minute drill time for Russell Wilson and company and against a team like the Jets they had no issues whatsoever. A nine-play, 69-yard drive with some excellent quick passing by Wilson in rhythm. Chris Carson capped things off with a leaping touchdown off the left side of the line. Five yards on the score but Jason Myers missed the PAT. 23-3 Seahawks.
Seattle’s 35-second drill defense disintegrated for no good reason and Braxton Berrios was wide open for a 34-yard gain into field goal range. And Sergio Castillo missed for a third time. Poor guy. 23-3 Seahawks.
An 11-play, 75-yard drive aided by two Jets penalties on 3rd down stops assured the game would be out of New York’s reach. Will Dissly received the ball on the play-action rollout and did the rest of the work for a 10-yard TD. 30-3 Seahawks.
Shaquem Griffin came in on a blitz package to sack Sam Darnold on the Jets’ opening 2nd half possession. Punt time! Ugo Amadi could’ve had a pick six but he dropped it. A poor punt set the Seahawks up at the Jets’ 40. Wilson found David Moore for a touchdown on 3rd and goal on this short drive to extend the lead. 37-3 Seahawks.
Wilson’s day was done and he spent the rest of the 3rd quarter and all of the 4th quarter watching Geno Smith play his former team. He led the Seahawks to a field goal to wrap up the scoring on the day. Penny Hart and Colby Parkinson got their first NFL catches. The backups on defense kept the Jets from getting anything in garbage time, although Adam Gase also surrendered by calling running plays. 40-3 Seahawks FINAL.
Seahawks injury report
DK Metcalf dinged up his ankle on the opening drive but returned for the next series.
RT Brandon Shell seemed to re-aggravate his high ankle sprain in the 2nd quarter. He did not return and was replaced by Chad Wheeler.
Next week’s opponent
The Seahawks travel to Maryland to face the NFC East leading Washington Football Team (6-7) on Sunday, December 20th at 10 AM PT on FOX.