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Jets grades: Not much good vs. Seahawks

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to throw during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman


The picks just keep on coming for Ryan Fitzpatrick. All three interceptions against the Seahawks weren’t his fault, but he now has nine in two games — including seven in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with only one TD (a 17-yard pass to Brandon Marshall) and 261 yards on 23 of 41 passing. After four games, Marshall (four catches, 89 yards) finally got in the end zone, pulling the Jets to within 14-10 with 13 seconds left in the first half. And in the absence of Eric Decker (shoulder injury), Quincy Enunwa (six catches, 60 yards) and Bilal Powell (54 receiving yards, 27 rushing) saw plenty of action. So did Robby Anderson, but he had several key drops. Charone Peake’s heads-up play resulted in a late-game score for the Jets. But red-zone struggles continue to plague the unit, particularly when trailing.


Even with a sprained MCL in his left knee and an ankle sprain in his right foot, Russell Wilson made it look easy from the start. He walked off the field at halftime with a four-point lead and 191 yards and two TDs on 10-for-11 passing. He finished with 309 passing yards and 133.5 rating. Blown coverages continue to be a red flag (See: Tanner McEvoy’s 42-yard TD catch, which put Seattle up 14-3.). Despite spurts of solid play, the defense had no answer for tight end Jimmy Graham (six catches, 113 yards) or Wilson’s underneath passing game. One bright spot: Leonard Williams now has more sacks (four) than he did as a rookie (three).


Without Jalin Marshall (torn labrum), the return game was noticeably quiet. Nick Folk hit a 34-yard field goal to give the Jets the early 3-0 lead and nailed the extra points on Marshall and Peake’s TD. New return man Jeremy Ross had one kickoff return for 27 yards.


Ultimately, the players make the plays. But as a former NFL safety, Bowles has no excuse for the weekly breakdowns on defense. Not to mention, questions about his game management linger. The Jets are 1-3 and everyone — including coaches — are to blame.


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