Coming off of a bye week, the New York Jets looked nothing like a team ready to start the long trudge towards a postseason berth.
The offense struggled mightily and the defense failed to contain the likes of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson. With the Jets suffering their fifth loss in six games, the season looks to be effectively over for Gang Green.
Mark Sanchez and company failed to score a touchdown for the second straight game. The only points from Sunday's contest came from a fumble recovery by Muhammad Wilkerson midway through the first quarter. The momentum seemed to go the Jets way early on but a muffed punt from Jeremy Kerley saw the flow swing completely back to Seattle and proved to be the turning point of the game.
Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano failed again to utilize Tim Tebow on Sunday. The headstrong coaches continued to back Sanchez who after one half of play had only completed five passes for 67 yards. Furthermore, the former USC quarterback continued to lead an offense that failed to advance the ball more than 40 yards in a scoreless third quarter. With the season on the line and their current gameplan in shambles, the Jets needed a miracle to win. A quarterback change to a proven fourth quarter player couldn't have hurt the green and white any more than they had hurt themselves.
The only sign of life from the Jets on Sunday was an effective pass rush which got to Wilson four times and caused the fumble that led to the only score for Gang Green.
Mike Devito, DE
-DeVito was a force to be reckoned with on defense. He finished the day with five tackles but it was his one sack on Russell Wilson that puts him atop this list. After causing Wilson to fumble, the ensuing return brought the Jets back from an early deficit and set an early tone for the physical game that the pass rush would bring on the rookie quarterback.
Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
-Wilkerson scooped up the fumble caused by DeVito and scored the only touchdown of the day for the Jets. He later forced a fumble of his own that was later recovered by Calvin Pace. These two fumbles tipped the field greatly in favor of the Jets but the anemic offense failed to convert these turnovers into points.
Mark Sanchez, QB
-Sanchez finished a horrid 9 of 22 for just 124 yards. He brought the Jets to within one yard of scoring until an ill-advised pass intended for Dustin Keller was picked off by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Sanchez also lost a fumble in the contest which sealed the fate of Gang Green. Sanchez has played increasingly poorer as the season as gone on and raising questions whether a quarterback change could be in the offing.
Jeremy Kerley, WR
-Kerley had another terrible day on special teams after muffing a punt that put the Seahawks at midfield in the first half. Seattle used the boost to reach the endzone after a Marshawn Lynch run that gave the Jets a halftime deficit that they would never come back from.