Game Preview - Seahawks vs. Jets

Brian McIntyre of Seahawks.net previews Mike Holmgren's final home game as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

Regular Season Series: The Seahawks and Jets have split the previous 16 meetings between them. In the more recent contests, the Jets have dominated, winning 8 of the last 9 games, including five straight.

Injury Report

New York Jets

Questionable: LB Eric Barton (knee), WR Laveranues Coles (thigh), LB David Harris (groin), T Wayne Hunter (shoulder), DT Kris Jenkins (hip), WR Brad Smith (head), LB Bryan Thomas (shoulder)
Probable: WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), G Brandon Moore (ankle), LB Jason Trusnik (knee)

Seattle Seahawks

Doubtful: LB Leroy Hill (neck), T Sean Locklear (toes)
Questionable: CB Jordan Babineaux (concussion), QB Matt Hasselbeck (back), LB D.D. Lewis (shin), WR Koren Robinson (knee)

Stats & Rankings

New York Jets

Offense

Total: 15th (336.5 yards per game)
Passing: 15th (207.3 yard per game)
Rushing: 9th (129.2 yards per game)
Scoring: 3rd (27.5 points per game)

Defense

Total: 19th (332.6 yards per game)
Passing: 29th (241.7 yards per game)
Rushing: 6th (90.9 yards per game)
Scoring: 20th (22.8 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: 13th (+2)

Seattle Seahawks

Offense

Total: 28th (268.6 yards per game)
Passing: 31st (157.1 yards per game)
Rushing: 17th (111.5 yards per game)
Scoring: 25th (18.6 points per game)

Defense

Total: 30th (380.4 yards per game)
Passing: 32nd (260.9 yards per game)
Rushing: 21st (119.5 yards per game)
Scoring: 26th (25.4 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-24th (-6)

Five to Watch

Here are five items to watch when the Seahawks host the New York Jets on Sunday:

Mike Holmgren's Final Home Game as Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks have a special tribute planned for Mike Holmgren, so get to the game early on Sunday to make sure you don't miss the festivities. Also, Holmgren is planning on taking a lap around Qwest Field after the game to thank you, the fans, for all your support over the years. Please, even if the weather is as awful they're predicting, stick around to wave goodbye to or shake the hand of the man who helped make Seahawks football relevant again.

More Offensive Line Changes – Kyle Williams will be the third player to start at left tackle for the Seahawks in as many weeks. Seattle's offensive line will be comprised entirely of players who were backups when the season began and Sunday's projected starting five of Williams-Floyd-Womack-Steve Vallos-Mansfield Wrotto-Ray Willis will be the 10th different offensive line combination the team will have used in 2008.

Steve Vallos vs. Kris Jenkins – In his brief stint as the Seahawks starting center, Steve Vallos has gone nose-to-nose with Pro Bowlers Jay Ratliff (Cowboys) and Vince Wilfork (Patriots). Sunday, Vallos gets to face Kris Jenkins, the Pro Bowl nose tackle the Jets acquired from the Carolina Panthers in the off-season and one of the biggest reasons the Jets' run defense has improved from 29th in 2007 to 6th in 2008. And Jenkins is big, checking in at 6-4 and with a listed weight of cheeseburger or two under 350 pounds.

Mother Nature – Already dealing with a snowstorm and freezing temperatures that paralyzed the city, Seattle is bracing for a windstorm this weekend that is expected to dump more snow and freezing rain. Winds could reach as high as 70mph, perhaps causing widespread power outages in the area. Poor weather certainly favors the Jets, as the weather could keep many Seahawks fans at home on Sunday and despite having Brett Favre, the Jets prefer to keep things on the ground, where they rank in the Top 10 on both sides of the ball.

Thomas Jones vs. Julius Jones – Julius knew when he signed with the Seahawks that he'd be getting a chance to go head-to-head against his older brother, Thomas. Hopefully, he didn't place any wagers on who'd get more yardage in this game, because while Thomas leads the AFC in rushing and is headed to the Pro Bowl, Julius is backing up Maurice Morris and didn't log a single snap against New England two weeks ago.

Congo Relief Effort

The Seattle Seahawks, the Holmgren family and Medical Teams International are teaming up to raise money to help deliver care and medicines to those suffering in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

Medical Teams volunteers will be at Qwest Field to collect donations during the Seahawks final home game of the season on December 21, 2008. Kathy Holmgren, wife of Seahawks Head Coach Mike Holmgren, and their daughters Calla, Jenny, Emily and Gretchen will help more than 100 volunteers with the collection effort.

Seahawks fans will be able to make a donation at various gate locations throughout the stadium, in Touchdown City and throughout the north parking lot. Volunteers will continue to collect donations through halftime.

For more information or to make a donation on-line visit www.medicalteams.org

Programming Notes

CBS has sent the never subdued GUS JOHNSON!!! and Steve Tasker to call the action at Qwest Field this Sunday. I'm not saying that GUS JOHNSON IS EXCITABLE or anything, but you may want to turn the volume of your television down a notch just in case.

Prediction

Mike Holmgren didn't get to be a Hall of Fame head coach by allowing himself or his teams to fall victim to distractions. So while this Sunday will no doubt be an emotional day for Holmgren, when the game starts, he and the team will be ready to do what they came to do: Beat the Jets.

Mac's Prediction: Seahawks 21, Jets 17

Brian McIntyre lives in the Boston area. In addition to writing for Seahawks.Net, Brian maintains his own blog (www.macsfootballblog.com) and charts games for Football Outsiders. If you'd like to e-mail Brian, you may do so here.


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