The New York Jets will be returning home to MetLife Stadium to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4. This is yet another brutal game for the Jets, as it will be the third team that they face that made the postseason in 2015.
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The Jets come into this game with a 1-2 record coming off an embarrassing effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan Fitzpatrick was brutal last week, throwing six interceptions while the Jets had eight turnovers overall. Now he will be taking on one of the most vaunted defenses in the NFL in the Seahawks.
The Seahawks come into the game with a 2-1 record, defeating the San Francisco 49ers in blowout fashion, 37-18. They have some quarterback concerns of their own, as Russell Wilson is dealing with an MCL sprain and high ankle sprain. He looks to be good to go for the game against the Jets, but it is still something to keep an eye on.
On paper, this looks like a game the Jets will struggle in again, but the Seahawks will have their difficulties. Teams coming from the West Coast to the East Coast for a 1 PM ET time game have a difficult time getting going, so the Jets should jump on them early before they are adjusted. It is just one of the keys of the game to watch for.
Who steps up for the Jets at receiver? With Eric Decker out of the lineup with a partially torn rotator cuff, the Jets need someone to step up. Quincy Enunwa has been solid thus far as the No.3 option, but will now be thrust into the No.2 role. Rookies Robbie Anderson and Charone Peake will be asked to contribute as well, as Jalin Marshall is joining Decker on the sideline.
Brandon Marshall is also hampered by injuries, but he will suit up as the Jets desperately need him against the Seahawks secondary. It would be no surprise to see Richard Sherman shadow Marshall, as the Jets have no other real threats.
How Fitzpatrick responds will be big as well. Will he let the performance from last week linger, or can he put it behind him? The Jets are hoping he can put it behind him, or else it could be another long afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
Point Spread: Seahawks -2
Moneyline: Seahawks -118
Over/Under: 39.5 points
Cross-country trips are never easy for NFL teams no matter the opponent. The Jets aren’t slouches and should bring it as they cannot afford to fall to 1-3 with road games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals looming.
Can the Jets make the injured Wilson uncomfortable in the pocket? Can their own offense get going? A little bit of both should happen, but the Seahawks are one of the best teams in the NFL. They have a lot of talent offensively with Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham and are coming off their best performance of the season.
The Jets will be able to keep it close, but the Seahawks will ultimately come away with a victory and head into their bye week with a record of 3-1. The Jets will fall to 1-3 and essentially be playing for their season in the coming weeks.