East Rutherford, N.J. - Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions plague the New York Jets for the second straight week, this time with three in 4th quarter as the Jets fall to the Seattle Seahawks 27-17. Besides the three interceptions, Fitzpatrick went 23-of-41 for 261 yards and one touchdown. His counterpart, Russell Wilson, went 23-of-32 for 309 yards and three touchdowns. "It's obviously not somewhere we want to be, not somewhere we thought we'd be, but nobody is going to feel sorry for us so we can't sit here and pout about it," Fitzpatrick said about the team starting 1-3. "We've got to get back to work and try to focus on the next game."
New York began the day on somewhat of a good note. Matt Forte had five rushes on the drive for 19 yards and also hauled in one pass for 12 yards. Fitzpatrick was 4-of-5 on the drive, connecting with Quincy Enunwa twice for 26 yards. Once inside the red zone, New York was unable to convert and took a 3-0 lead after converting on a Nick Folk 34 yard field goal.
On the first play for the Seahawks, Wilson found Jermaine Kearse for nine yards. On the play, Buster Skrine went off to the sideline with a knee injury, but returned later in the contest. On the next passing play, Wilson found Jimmy Graham, who made a spectacular one-handed grab, for 17 yards. Graham finished the day with six catches for 113 yards. Leonard Williams broke through the line on the next play for the sack, and the defense eventually forced Seattle to punt.
On their last drive of the first quarter, New York continued to struggle on the ground. They totaled 58 yards on 20 carries, with Forte having 27 of those yards on 14 carries. A big play came on the drive, as Fitzpatrick found Brandon Marshall deep for 41 yards. Marshall had his man beat, but the pass was a little under thrown. Marshall finished with a team-high 12 targets, but only came away with four catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Seattle eventually forced the Jets to punt.
To begin the 2nd quarter, Wilson led his team 93 yards for the touchdown that would put his team up for good. On the drive, he went 4-of-4, with three chunk passes of 27, 16, and 38 yards. On 2nd-and-8, Wilson hit newly signed C.J. Spiller in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. Spiller worked out for the Jets earlier this week.
After Seattle forced New York to punt on the next drive, they went right back to work. Wilson had another spectacular drive, going 4-of-4 for 76 yards and one deep touchdown pass to rookie Tanner McEvoy. It was McEvoy's first career reception and touchdown, and he took it 42 yards to put his team up 14-3. On the play, Calvin Pryor seemed to have feel, which made an opening for McEvoy to score.
The Jets would not feel beat on the next drive. On the drive, Fitzpatrick started 3-of-3 for 45 yards to lead his team in Seattle territory with under a minute left in the half. After an incompletion to Enunwa, Fitzpatrick threw an interception right to a fallen Richard Sherman, who was on the ground after getting tripped up with Marshall. The ruling on the field would be reversed, as the ball appeared to hit the ground. With 17 seconds left, Fitzpatrick found Marshall in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The Jets entered halftime trailing 14-10.
"Obviously after starting the season like this, it takes a little longer each week when you perform like this to get over a loss," Marshall said. "If we want to be in a position at the end of the year, we've got to get over it fast."
To open the 3rd quarter, Seattle and New York exchanged punts with the Seahawks starting with the ball. On their 2nd drive of the quarter, Seattle brought it to the Jets 14 yard line before connecting with a 33 yard field goal. The teams would exchange punts again before closing out the 3rd quarter.
In the 4th quarter, the Jets were on a drive from the 3rd before Fitzpatrick threw his first of three interceptions right to Sherman, a pass intended for Marshall that was short. Wilson hit Graham for a 24 yard gain and then Paul Richardson for a 27 yard chunk before he found Christine Michael out of the backfield for a six yard score. This put Seattle up 24-10.
The Jets would go three and out while the Seahawks took 10 plays and six minutes of clock before they would punt. On the very next play, Fitzpatrick threw to Robby Anderson, but the ball tipped off his hands and was picked by Earl Thomas. Seattle went on to hit another field goal to go up 27-10. Anderson finished the day with six targets, two catches, and 12 yards. Coming into this game known for catching mostly anything thrown his way, he had three drops for his team. "More of the guys need to make more plays and need to be put in position to make plays," said Marshall about the wide receivers. "Those guys work extremely hard and we have all the faith in the world in those guys."
New York went no huddle on the next drive, desperately needing to score. Chipping away, the Jets made it to the Seattle 45 yard line on six plays. On the next play, Fitzpatrick dropped back and was stripped-sacked by Cliff Avril. Rookie Charone Peake picked up the fumble and took it 42 yards for the touchdown, the first of his career. The 2016 7th round draft pick finished the day with three catches for 30 yards. New York still trailed 27-17.
After failing the onside and then forcing Seattle to punt with just under two minutes left, the Jets had a chance. Fitzpatrick tossed it deep to Marshall with under a minute remaining, but it was picked off again by Sherman, his second and the teams third. Wilson would go on to kneel to end the game.
The New York defense held Seattle to 66 yards on the ground, but got burnt in the air letting up 288 yards.
The Jets now head on the road to Pittsburgh followed by a trip to Arizona. "Sometimes you need to fight more than one battle to win a war," said head coach Todd Bowles. "We have to get better and we're going to do that next week."