Seahawks Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over Jets

Mike White is sacked during the Jets’ loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New York Jets on Sunday by a 23-6. Geno Smith was stellar, going 18-29 for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Kenneth Walker III also had a tremendous day, rushing for 133 yards, his second 100+ yard rushing game in a row. The defense was able to keep the Jets out of the end zone for the entire game, something they have only done one other time this year. 

The Seahawks were able to dominate this game for one critical reason. They were able to win the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Seattle’s offensive line was excellent today, providing great running lanes for Kenneth Walker III to take advantage of. This also allowed timely play action passes, a method that Seattle likes to use often. Although the Seahawks missed many opportunities to score touchdowns instead of field goals, the offense did enough today to grab a win.

The defense was what won Seattle the game today. Interceptions by Micheal Jackson and Quandre Diggs were both timely and game-changing. The front seven was able to limit the Jets’ ability to consistently run the football, allowing less than 100 yards rushing on the day. Whenever you can keep a professional football team out of the end zone for an entire game, there are always going to be a lot of positives. 

The Seahawks had to win this game in order for them to even consider a playoff berth. The Green Bay Packers still need to lose next week, as well as the Seahawks need to win in order for them to clinch a spot. The Packers will take on the Detroit Lions, who have playoff hopes themselves if the Seahawks lose next week. The Seahawks will play at home against the Rams, a team they have already beaten this year. The NFL determined today that the game will be on Sunday, but has not announced what time the game will be played. Due to the high stakes of many games this week, this Seahawks game could be flexed to Sunday night.