WIN, JUST WIN
Darrelle Revis laid it out, plain and simple.
“It’s a must-win for us,” the veteran cornerback said of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.
At 1-2, the Jets can’t risk losing any more ground in the standings — not with road games at Pittsburgh and Arizona the next two weeks. But it won’t be easy beating Seattle, even at home.
The Seahawks (2-1) are a talented team with plenty of playmakers. And even though their quarterback Russell Wilson is dealing with an MCL sprain in his left knee, he’s still dangerous because of his pocket presence and his strong arm.
“From everything we’re hearing, what we’re seeing on tape, we don’t think he’ll be limited at all,” said defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. “I think he’s a very tough, competitive guy. I think he’ll be going at 100 percent and he is a problem for defenses, when throwing it, putting them in the right play and scrambling when things break down.”
TURNOVERS CAN’T HAPPEN
Here’s the good news, Jets fans: Ryan Fitzpatrick can’t play any worse than he did last week. Right?
Fitzpatrick threw six interceptions in the 24-3 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. But his offensive coordinator expressed confidence in the veteran’s ability to bounce back. “No, I’m not (worried),” Chan Gailey said. “I think he is aware — fully aware — of what happened. I think he’ll do his level best to not let it happen again, and I trust he’ll play well again just like he has before.”
Seattle has the No. 1-ranked defense (250.3) in the league, is No. 1 in third-down defense and is second in passing defense (162.7) and scoring defense (12.3).
“They’ve probably been the standard for the longest,” Fitzpatrick said of the Seahawks defense. “It’s a lot of the same guys, same scheme and it’s tough. It’s tough to play against them.”
That means, Fitzpatrick — who hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in his last six quarters — has to protect the football better and avoid forcing throws unnecessarily.
Gailey likened it to being a baseball pitcher who “gives up five home runs in the first three innings and you have to go out there next week or the next time it’s your turn in the rotation and forget about that and go back and do what got you to the major leagues. That’s what he has to do. You have to learn from it but forget about it and get ready to play this one.”
Coach Todd Bowles said he has “all the confidence in Ryan” and expects his quarterback to play better. “He can’t play any worse,” he quipped. “And we can’t coach any worse.”
“He can’t play any worse.” — Coach Todd Bowles on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s performance last week.
The Jets will be without their best red-zone threat against the Seahawks — and possibly for the rest of the season. Eric Decker has a partial tear in his right rotator cuff and it’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined. If the Jets expect to win without him and rookie receiver Jalin Marshall (torn labrum), WR/TE hybrid Quincy Enunwa and rookies Robby Anderson and Charone Peake will have to step up.
Revis was in no mood to answer questions about Richard Sherman this week. But once upon time, the cornerbacks couldn’t stop chirping about one another. The two got into a Twitter spat several years ago, but any hard feelings eventually melted away. But that didn’t stop Revis from bristling when Sherman’s name came up. “We’re not going there. Seahawks offense (questions only),” he bristled.
Fine, then. Let’s talk about Doug Baldwin.
According to NFL.com, the Seahawks player was the most efficient receiver in the league last year with a 79 percent completion rate. Baldwin set career highs in receiving yards (1,609), touchdowns (14) and catches (78) in 2015.
Seahawks line vs. Jets front seven
If there ever was a time for the Jets’ D-line to feast, it’s now. Seattle has already allowed seven sacks in three games. Meanwhile, the Jets defense has nine. The unit is led by Leonard Williams, who has already matched his 2015 sack total (three).
Pete Carroll’s NFL winning percentage, excluding his 6-10 season with Jets in 1994. It’s .583, including the Jets.
The last time the Jets scored a defensive touchdown in a game.
Safety Antonio Allen intercepted a Tom Brady pass intended for Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter of their 30-27 Week 7 win over the Patriots. The Jets have now gone 44 games and roughly 2,800 defensive plays without a score — the longest drought in the NFL — according to ESPN Stats and Information.
“That’s a good feeling when guys are angry and upset. It means they care. I’ve been on so many teams where you walk in the locker room after a loss and guys are just like, ‘OK, onto the next’ and go home, go out to eat or whatever. So it (stinks) losing, but it feels good to see the reaction to the coaches and players who are angry and you’re looking at each other and you’re holding each other accountable like, ‘What’s the problem, we need to fix it?’ So that’s what I love about this locker room.” — Brandon Marshall
“It’s going to be a four-quarter brawl.” — Bowles on facing Seahawks secondary
“Brandon Marshall is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Matt Forte is a Hall of Famer too.” — Seahawks DL Michael Bennett
THE NEW KID
How much work will Austin Seferian-Jenkins get? If he does play, he likely won’t see a ton of playing time. The former Bucs tight end arrived in New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and didn’t practice with his new team until Thursday. “He looks like a guy that is going to eventually play and have a role on our football team in some way, shape or form. What that is? Time tells,” Gailey said, adding that it probably will take four of five weeks for the tight end to feel comfortable.
“I know he can run around and catch the ball,” he said of the former Buc, who was released last week after his second DUI. “Whether he can block, I don’t know. We’ll certainly try to find that out before we play.”