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Instant Analysis: Jets-Seahawks

Jets Can’t Overcome Late Turnovers, Fall to 1-3 After Season’s First Quarter


Game-Changing Moment:Trailing just 17-10 early in the fourth quarter, the Jets were locked in a close contest. In a game that featured no turnovers the first three quarters, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick attempted to get the ball to WR Brandon Marshall up the home sideline. But CB Richard Sherman intercepted the pass for a Seahawks club that had entered Week 4 with just one takeaway. Four plays later, Russell Wilson converted the pick into points on his third scoring toss. RB Christine Michael's 6-yard TD made it 24-10 as the game completely changed in an instant.

"We felt like we could hang the ball up there a little bit and let me (get the) jump ball," Marshall said of the game's first turnover. "The timing was right, but he just came off of me. I think he may have had some help over the top, so he played the back shoulder. There's nothing you really can do about that. He's a really smart player."

Takeaway Differential: Both clubs entered Week 4 struggling in the turnover department as the Jets were -7 and the Seahawks were -4. Those numbers stood until the fourth stanza when Fitzpatrick had three interceptions that led to 10 points. S Earl Thomas was the recipient of a tipped ball that went through rookie WR Robby Anderson's hands and led to a field goal. The Jets finished -3 overall as Sherman's second INT came in the final minute.

Peake's Return: The Jets had one bright spot late as rookie WR Charone Peake recovered a Fitzpatrick fumble and raced 42 yards for his first career TD. With Eric Decker (shoulder) out of the lineup, the Clemson product saw a lot of time and finished with his first three career receptions.

Explosive Plays: The Jets had difficulty defending the big play. Rookie wideout Tanner McEvoy sprung free on a busted coverage for a 42-yard scoring reception in the second quarter. After Wilson stepped up in the pocket, his 38-yard floater to WR Doug Baldwin set up the 'Hawks for their first score. TE Jimmy Graham had three receptions in the first half, covering 17, 27 and 20 yards. Graham was a problem all afternoon, finishing with 113 receptions on six receptions including a circus sideline catch for 24 yards in the fourth. In all, the Jets surrendered six pass plays of 20+ yards.

Turning the Page: Fitzpatrick was excellent in the first half, completing 14 of 20 for 188 yards and 1 TD. Victimized by six interceptions in last week's loss to the Chiefs, Fitzpatrick made sound decisions throughout the opening 30 minutes. His back-shoulder TD to Marshall seconds before intermission made it a 14-10 game. On the scoring possession, Fitzpatrick hit Peake for 16 yards and he patiently surveyed the defense on a critical third down before Bilal Powell took a short pass and gained 11 yards. Powell tied for the team-lead with six catches for 54 yards.

Marshall/Sherman Battle: Finding success on the outside vs. Sherman early, Marshall had three receptions in the opening half for 72 yards. His 41-yarder in the first quarter was the team's longest reception in the season's opening quarter and the TD was his first in 2016 and ninth in the past 10 home contests.

"It definitely was a fight all game," Marshall said. "It was a good match-up."

Wilson in Charge: Playing through ankle and knee injuries, Wilson played a sensational game for Seattle. He was always in control and accurate throughout, hitting 71.9% of his passes and finishing with 309 yards through the air with a trio of scores. He posted a 133.5 passer rating and found a way to avoid pressure on a number of occasions. DL Leonard Williams racked up his team-leading 4th sack of the season and CB Buster Skrine also recorded his first sack as a Jet.

Notes:The Green & White continued to alternate their right tackles early with Brent Qvale starting and Ben Ijalana appearing on the second series. But veteran RG Brian Winters went down with a head injury, forcing Qvale into a relief role at RG with Ijalana handling the RT duties. After yielding just two sacks the first three weeks, the Jets allowed four sacks Sunday… CB Darrelle Revis left the game in the second half with a thigh injury as rookie Juston Burris got some action on the outside… Despite not a ton of stats next to his name, DL Sheldon Richardson played very well. Richardson consistently got good push and pressure on Wilson.

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