"Get Right Sunday" will be the theme of the day at Lumen Field as the Seattle Seahawks have the perfect opportunity to get back on the winning track when they will host the New York Jets. These two teams are coming off of very disturbing losses, and it will be intriguing to see how they respond on Sunday.
This year has thrown a lot of "normal" things out the window in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in all aspects of life, including sports. However, head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks (8-4) did bring back their annual inexplicable loss to an inferior opponent when they lost 17-12 to the Giants. Last week was arguably Carroll's worst coaching job in a single game since 2009 when his USC squad lost 16-13 against a Washington team that was coming off an 0-12 season in 2008. Russell Wilson had a rough day as he wasn't able to solve what New York defensive coordinator Patrick Graham threw at him scheme-wise all afternoon. Stopping the run was a problem for the defense too; they allowed Wayne Gallman to go off for 135 rushing yards on just 16 carries. All of these things were a byproduct of a team that took their opponent too lightly, which cornerback Shaquill Griffin admitted earlier this week.
The Jets (0-12) also benefitted from a team overlooking their opponent when they led an inspired comeback against the Raiders. New York held a 28-24 lead with 15 seconds left, and Las Vegas had the ball on the opposing 46. However, all the Jets had to do was stop a Hail Mary, and now-former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' illogical cover-0 blitz resulted in a game-sealing pass from Derek Carr to Henry Ruggs III. The only silver lining is that it kept them on pace to land the No. 1 overall draft pick and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Adam Gase gets plenty of blame as well, as he should have at minimum called a timeout to stop the extremely egotistical Williams from losing the game. This scenario epitomized the incompetence of owners like Woody and Christopher Johnson. The fact that they signed off on Gase and Williams to be their head coach and defensive coordinator should be enough for the NFL to force a sale of the team, let alone the fact that they are on the way to finish 0-16 in 2020.
New York at Seattle
Kickoff: Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4:05 p.m. ET
Spread: Seahawks -13.5
Three Things to Watch
1. Jamal Adams gets his shot at revenge against his former employer
The best storyline of the week will involve Jamal Adams, who should be fired up with the chance to battle against many of his old teammates. Adams came off of an alright performance against the Giants and will be in attack mode against the New York offensive line. Things didn't end well for Adams as he was very outspoken about the lack of talent in the Jets organization during the offseason. General manager Joe Douglas sent him to Seattle during the summer for a huge package that included a pair of first-round draft picks. That was a heavy price for the Seahawks to pay, but when Adams has been healthy, he has played well with 7.5 sacks. Fans will see who gets the last laugh, whether it's Adams or the always dramatic New York sports media that doesn't appear to heartbroken that he is no longer in New York.
2. Sam Darnold vs. Seahawks Defense
Sam Darnold continues to be in a no-win situation since he has doesn't have much of an offensive line in front of him or weapons to get the ball too. One thing that could help Darnold this week is a strong running game, as Ty Johnson (22 carries, 104 yards, TD) and Josh Adams (8 carries, 74 yards) were able to put up nice numbers against last week. This would take a great deal of pressure off Darnold in the passing game because he has struggled with just five touchdown passes and nine interceptions. You can expect to see a heavy dose of blitzing this week from the Seahawks — they have the conference's third-highest blitz rate at 35.4 percent — as they will be on the hunt to rack up at least four sacks and force two to three turnovers to try and bust this game wide open.
3. Which Russell Wilson is going to show up?
The best way to describe Wilson's performance in 2020 would be up and down. During the first five games, Wilson looked like the MVP with a 72.8 percent completion rate and 19 touchdowns to three interceptions. From that point on, Wilson has been below averaged, to say the least, as he has thrown 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, which brings his turnover total for the season to 15.
The identity of this Seattle team ever since Wilson has been in the NFL has been setting the tone with the run and then using Wilson's arm to make things happen in the passing game. So, whether Wilson likes it, not this team can't abandon the running game like it in the second half last week when they ran the ball just seven times and had Wilson throw 43 times. In addition, Wilson needs to show discipline when under duress and throw the football away instead of taking sacks for huge losses. This offensive line is not good enough to overcome on a regular basis.
The Seahawks have gone 17-0 in franchise history when they have been favored by at least 13 points and are 10-7 against the spread. Thus, it would be shocking to see Seattle take the Jets lightly after last week's debacle against the Giants. New York will fight hard early on, but at the end of the day, it's the lack of quality weapons that will cost them this week. Expect the Seahawks to hammer the ball on the ground and methodically pull away for a two-score win over the Jets to set another must-win game at Washington next week.
Prediction: Seahawks 24, Jets 13
— Written by Scott Whittum, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Parler @Scottwhittum