Curtis Allen’s week seventeen watchpoints (vs Jets)

January 1st, 2023 | Written by Rob Staton

This is a guest article by Curtis Allen.

I will be hosting national radio coverage on BBC Radio Five Live Extra in the UK of the Jets vs  Seahawks. It is available online here. After the game tune into the instant reaction live stream which will be available on here and on our YouTube channel.

If you missed my thoughts on the CFB playoffs yesterday, click here.

And Happy New Year!

The Seahawks are playing a mirror image of themselves on Sunday in a lot of ways.

Both teams stand at 7-8 with their playoff lives on the line.  They both shocked the league by starting out 6-3 but have since badly regressed by dropping five of their last six and are stumbling to the finish line.  There is a reasonable argument to be made that both would be better off missing the playoffs and drafting in the top 10-12 picks next year rather than in the early 20’s.

They both feature a top-10 unit on one side of the ball (Seahawks offense and Jets defense) and a bottom-10 unit (vice versa) on the other side that has weighed them down like a millstone around their neck.

So the matchup will be very intriguing.  Strength against strength and weakness against weakness.

What can the Seahawks do to win this game?

Watch how much these teams mirror each other…

When the Seahawks Have the Ball

Robert Saleh has created a defense in New York rooted in some very similar principles to what he helped employ when on the staff in Seattle for Super Bowl 48.

They might be the best team in the NFL at getting pressure with only their front four players.

Evidence:  They are dead last in the NFL in blitzing rate, sending an extra rusher on a measly 14.7% of plays.  But they are ninth in the league in sacks and eighth in pressures — generating pressure on the quarterback 23.3% of the time.

That is impressive.  They are occupying five linemen with four rushers and ‘gaining’ an extra defender on the bulk of their plays.  They utilize that defender roaming around that second level, waiting to plaster any receiver who dares run a crossing or a slant route.

Add to that they have two very good corners in Sauce Gardner and old friend D.J. Reed. Moving the ball makes for some tough sledding at times.  They are fourth in the NFL in scoring defense and fifth in passing defense.

What do the Seahawks need to employ to win the field position game and get points on this defense?

Commit to Running the Ball

The Jets are eleventh in the NFL in rushing defense.  That is very good but the teams that had success against those early Seahawks teams ran the ball and did not stray from the formula.  They had an absolute commitment to getting the tough yards on the ground and staying balanced.

It will not be easy.  The offensive line needs to find ways to open up some room for Ken Walker and Walker needs to display the commitment he showed last Saturday against the Chiefs in the second half.

In reviewing tape of the Jet defense, I see that they consistently have good downs but are vulnerable to the explosive run.  At times, the offensive line can handle the down linemen four on four and that frees up a tackle or guard to pull and lead the runner through the hole and take on that pursuing linebacker or safety.  Their aggressive nature can open some nice lanes for runners if you are patient enough.

The Seahawks need to load the line of scrimmage with muscle.  That may mean using the tight ends in a more inline formation.  Of course, their best blocking tight end, Will Dissly, is out for this game.  So, they will need to come up with some creative solutions.  Noah Fant needs to step up.  Perhaps they bring Stone Forsythe in on a jumbo package and force the Jets to bring more players down into the box.

How does this help, besides the obvious physicality of the game?  It puts the Jets in more of a big package and limits their speed and downhill ability on defense.

If they can keep balance, it will help Geno Smith tremendously.  It will keep the later downs manageable and pay dividends later in the game.

Having the tight ends loaded on the field also has other uses…

Use the Tight Ends Liberally in the Passing Game

The Jets are in the bottom-ten of teams in the league in defending tight ends.  Only five teams have had more tight ends targets and completions on defense and only seven have allowed more yards in the passing game to tight ends.

C.J. Mosely, Quincy Williams, Kwon Alexander and Lamarcus Joiner are all less effective when in coverage than when they are playing to tackle runners.  Williams is allowing an 85.7% completion rate when targeted.

Using the tight ends a lot helps with the pass rush.  Geno Smith can make quick decisions and get the ball out of his hands.  If the Seahawks have an up-tempo short passing game that is effective, it can help the offensive linemen keep the game in hand.

Take What the Defense Gives You

This was a critical part of moving the ball on the old Seahawks.  Their defense was so good, teams ran into a wall when they insisted on implementing their style of play on offense.

Teams that were precise, deliberate and took their time nearly always had success against the Seahawks.  The defense was designed specifically to not allow explosive plays and deep shots and for the most part it worked.  The tradeoff was allowing all kinds of underneath passes and short 3 or 4-yard chunk runs.  

It was a gamble that teams could not consistently move the ball enough on consecutive downs.  A penalty, a dropped pass, a tackle for loss would inevitably occur and put the team behind the sticks, which allowed the pass rush to pin their ears back and go after the quarterback.

The Jets employ a very similar tactic.  You can move on them if you are patient.  If you have a quarterback who scans the field quickly and makes good decisions.  That includes taking the six yards of open field right in front of you when no passing options are available.

It also means not shying away from using your weapons…

Take Your Shot When It is Available

Successful teams did not live in fear of the Seahawks defense, they just had immense respect for it.  They knew that if they successfully established their patterns above on offense, that opportunities to strike would present themselves when timed properly.  The Seahawks need to effectively pick their spots on Sunday against this defense.

Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed are good cornerbacks but they have not faced a duo like Lockett and Metcalf yet.  

If the offense can get some rhythm, some quick passes and effective inside runs, the defensive front will be slightly more malleable to being controlled and kept in check when they take a shot on this defense.

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All of these are long-winded ways of saying they need to find a way to not let Quinnen Williams take over this game.  Once again, the interior of the offensive line will have their hands full with one of the game’s best defensive tackles.

What makes him so good?  He can affect the offense from the 3-tech, 5-tech or nose tackle spots.  He can take on double teams regularly.  He has speed, strength and quickness.

Maybe his secret technique of simultaneously blessing and thanking himself is paying off.

The Seahawks offense versus the Jets defense will be the more intriguing matchup.  

When the other units are on the field, that’s where it gets ugly.

When the Jets Have the Ball

This is a matchup of units that are slumming it.

The Jets are 25th in the NFL in scoring offense and the Seahawks defense is 29th.

Their rushing offense is 24th and the Seahawks are 31st.

It is not pretty.  

Who can put a better game plan together?  Who will make the least number of mistakes?  That may be the deciding factor in winning this matchup.

Keep the Run Game from Giving the Offense Balance

The Jets might have the worst run game in the NFL.

Breece Hall is on the Injured Reserve list and has been for the last two months.  Yet incredibly, he is still the Jets’ leading rusher.  Everyone else in the running back room is averaging 3.77 yards per carry.

Zonovan Knight has been their main ball carrier of late.  He is at 3.9 yards per carry, mostly off the back of an ‘8-10 runs of no or minimal gain followed by an explosive run’ pattern of play.  It is not fatal when he’s explosive if it is mixed around several plays of the other variety.

They do like to utilize Elijah Moore on jet sweeps and other creative plays out of the backfield, so the edges of the defense will need to be aware and attack those opportunities.

The Seahawks stopped their bad stretch of games with over 200 yards of rushing allowed in the loss to Kansas City on Saturday.  They hailed it as big progress for the defense.

A similar performance by the defense on Sunday would be another step in the right direction.  This should be low-hanging fruit.  The Jets are toothless in the run game and their strategy offensively is to just keep running the ball at the defense and hope the runner breaks one eventually.

It is critical that they stop the run though.  When the Jets get 100 yards rushing, they are 5-2.  When they do not, they are 2-6.

Why?  The running game takes the pressure off their awful quarterback play and gives the defense rest.  Mike White works best when he only has about 25-30 throws per game.

Which brings us too…

Do Not Let Mike White be Effective

White is making a name for himself as the preferred option at quarterback over top pick Zach Wilson.  He is crisp with his play, decisive and has a good arm.  He has also been able to develop some chemistry with their other first-round pick, Garrett Wilson.

His game is quick, accurate throws with some deeper throws mixed in.  He can get the ball out of his hands and avoid the pass rush on the bulk of his plays.

To illustrate:  in nine games, Zach Wilson has a pressure rate of 26.60% with 2.5 seconds of time in the pocket.  Only Taylor Heinicke and Russell Wilson have worse rates as starters.

White, with the same offensive line, in three games has a pressure rate of only 12.60% with 2.3 seconds of time in the pocket.  He produces stats like Tom Brady (although to be fair in only three games).  He is not the star of the game, he lets the receivers be that and his offensive line has far less work to do.  His highlights are impressive.  Snap, three steps, and throw.  He has the routine down and he keeps the offense on schedule.

Disruption of his rhythm is paramount.  The corners must be sharp.  The linemen must be ready to get their hands up and deflect some of those passes.

If the Jets can run the ball at an even average level, this opens the way for Wilson to be crisp with his passes.  If they can do both of those things effectively, White all of the sudden gets more dangerous as a passer.

According to the Jets’ team reporter — in his last three starts, White led the league with 552 passing yards on passes of 10+ air yards and had a 108.2 passer rating on such attempts.

The Jets try to soften you up in the run game and put you to sleep with quick short passes in the passing game, then hit you with some shots downfield.

The defense can save themselves an awful lot of trouble if they can just handle the foundational basics of stopping the run and disrupting some of the simpler passes.

216 Responses to “Curtis Allen’s week seventeen watchpoints (vs Jets)”

  1. KennyBadger says:

    Happy New Year blog! What a great day for CFB yesterday, offensively anyway. I came away very impressed by stroud and rattler, and not so much by anyone on the defensive side of the ball in either game. While levis and Richardson didn’t play yesterday I’m not sure carter or Anderson did either.

  2. GoHawksDani says:

    My hopes:
    K9 will run for over a hundred yards
    Geno will be decent but sacked a lot (OTs good, iOL bad) and mostly able to throw shorter passes
    Woolen has 1 pick

    Jets win 17-16

    Good game for the youngsters but we lose and have a better shot for a higher pick

  3. Hawk Finn says:

    Cha, I used to really enjoy your contributions. But now, I still do.

    Sadly, I think this comes down to game-planning (advantage: Jets), and adapting to in-game adjustments, injuries, and so on (advantage: Jets). While I will be rooting for my Hawks with my heart, I really do think the Jets are just scrappy enough to get the W.

  4. Trevor says:

    Sam Darnikd has been really really good since they made him a starter. Zero turnovers and converting on 3rd down. Definitely a veteran option if they can’t resign Geno to a reasonable deal and draft a QB early.

  5. AlaskaHawk says:

    Cha – Another good analysis.

    I feel like the Seahawks started the season trying to hit quick passes and throw more to the tight ends. Somehow the team has strayed – Pete. I’m going to be envious if White gets the ball off in 2.3 seconds and Geno holds onto the ball too long. Of course we will be helped if our running game is effective but the Jets know that too.

    I don’t have much invested in this game as it only helps the Seahawks draft position if they lose. Likewise I feel that resigning Geno Smith is easier if they lose. So as a fan it’s a strange position to be in.

  6. Palatypus says:

    The word for the day is “knackered.” It means tired, exhausted, broken, or too old to use.

    Example: My bullocks are knackered.

    Jets 24
    Seahawks 17

  7. Big Mike says:

    Thanks for your excellent as always breakdown cha. Today is strength against strength and weakness v. weakness as you mentioned. May come down to whichever team’s weak area plays the best.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Sort of a weird mutant gladiator mano a mano. I can dig it

      Look it may not be a pretty thing to say but I’ll say it because it’s my truth: I don’t want Seattle winning out their last two games mostly because I don’t want there to be any way they make the playoffs because it’ll be meaningless in that they’d be bounced immediately, but even worse, it might give Carroll hope. Hope to bring it all back one more effen time. And that, to me, would be the worst possible outcome. Not to mention the drop in first (native) pick from maybe top 10 to maybe 20.

  8. Denver Hawker says:

    I take back everything I’ve said about my disdain for the 7th seed if it means Dan Campbell and the Lions get in.

  9. cha says:

    Inactive

    Penny Hart
    Artie Burns
    Travis Homer
    Ryan Neal
    Abe Lucas
    Isaiah Mack
    Vi Jones

  10. Charles says:

    Game day baby! Mixed feelings today. Would love the W. Also would love better draft position and the possibility of another loss might bring the retirement idea to the forefront for PC.

  11. Rokas says:

    Broncos Hackett firing will not end well for us, will it?

    • Romeo A57 says:

      I was afraid the Broncos would get a boost by firing Hackett. Kansas City had better win this game or their will be a lot of dissapointment on the SDB forum.

      • Big Mike says:

        Yeah and Denver plays the Chargers next week who may have nothing to play for. That could well be a Denver W I’m afraid.

        • Romeo A57 says:

          KC held on to win, thankfully. I am hoping the Broncos bench a lot of their starters next week like Russ next week.

        • Scot04 says:

          Agree Big Mike. Felt the same. Would feel like a big gut punch to drop from #3 down to #5. Then us make the Playoffs, and our native pick drop a ton. I Want to win today; so really need #3 pick to ease the sting of backing into the playoffs.

  12. Ron B says:

    Russ w a pick! Hope the game blows open.

  13. cha says:

    The Schefter story was all really about gum.

    A German Seahawks fan has a piece of chewed PC gum on his mantle.

  14. UkAlex6674 says:

    That’s great being on 5 Live Extra for the game Rob. No small feat.

    And once again highlights how lucky the blog is to have a BBC professional journalist producing such quality work.

    Seahawks win 24-17

  15. Ukhawk says:

    Thank gosh for Chris Jones – wish we had one like him !

  16. Blitzy the Clown says:

    K9! WOOF WOOF!!

  17. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Textbook by Geno

    What a way to get it going!

  18. Big Mike says:

    Just like cha said in his preview, go to the TEs cuz Jets are weak against them.

  19. Chris says:

    I was late turning the game on and missed the k-9 run🤬

  20. Romeo A57 says:

    I got caught watching another game and missed the K9 run. Let’s go Seahawks!

  21. cha says:

    “We need to get Boye Mafe more snaps”

    Starting today: Bruce Irvin

  22. Big Mike says:

    Good to see Bruce Irvin at RDE since Mafe gets most of the playing time.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Was just about to post this

      Great to see dead ender Irvin out there instead of the future

  23. samprassultanofswat says:

    Broncos lose. Broncos lose. DDAAA Broncos lose!!!

  24. Rokas says:

    Did our pro bowl safety just celebrated the INT in the middle of the play, instead of concentrating to bring the ball as far as possible?

  25. Troy says:

    Diggs finally with some signs of life

  26. Troy says:

    With the broncos loss, I think we are locked in to at least at worst the #6 pick if every other team loses and the broncos win…not shabby but obviously we will be pulling hard for another broncos loss

  27. Blitzy the Clown says:

    cha sez: use those TEs!

    Geno sez: I’m writin’ back!

  28. Mick says:

    Walker seems to be having a great day.

  29. Chris says:

    Geno should have been picked on the 3rd down

  30. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Listening to Rob’s video before the game (which I haven’t finished), I saw CJ Stroud do something yesterday I hadn’t seen from him before: I saw him make reads. I saw him go through progressions. And then I saw him make good decisions.

    Color me impressed

    The premium position strength of this draft class is clearly QB. We could see 4 QBs go in the top 12, and depending on which team is picking, you could see 4 totally different draft boards.

    With a top 4 pick all but guaranteed, Seattle will have an opportunity to get one of them.

    Color me hopeful

    • bmseattle says:

      Pete and John are responsible for this roster.

      Color me concerned.

      • Big Mike says:

        Once in a decade or even longer chance to draft a premium college QB. Will they do it? If Pete is still here and has his way, I say no. If John is fully in charge of the draft, I say yes.

        • Blitzy the Clown says:

          I’m all but convinced Schneider is drooling over the chance to get Richardson. Levis too for that matter, but especially AR

          • bmseattle says:

            I think (hope?) you are right.
            It helps that there isn’t a true blue chip defender to entice them.

  31. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Also saw that Cincinnati LB Ivan Pace declared for the draft and will attend Senior Bowl. I’m looking forward to watching him go through drills.

    He’s like the one LB in this draft I could see spending a reasonably high pick on.

  32. Mick says:

    Why can’t we start the run game every week like today?

  33. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Well now that’s a right nifty play by Geno to DJ Dallas

    Geno ice 😎

  34. Big Mike says:

    Boy there’s a lot of teammates happy for that kid. Guessing hes toiled hard long and in a positive fashion on the practice squad this year.

  35. Tony says:

    What is the sorcery of good play going on. Taking advantage of team weaknesses?! Who’d had thought?!

    • Matt says:

      Pete Carroll is literally the chick that will never go on a date with you BUT WILL ALWAYS keep you thinking there’s a chance. As soon as she’s out of your mind; random text – “hey was thinking about you…”

      Pete gives his sycophants just enough to say “see! Wait til next year!”

  36. Kyle R says:

    I’m happily almost crying with joy the use of the running game and TEs this game. Even practice squad TEs getting in on the action!!

  37. STTBM says:

    Is Carrol going to make us run every first down in the red zone?! That’s not fooling the Jets or anyone else…

    Congrats to Mabry on his first NFL TD! Great play call on second down.

  38. 805Hawk says:

    I give up. I finally think I know what the Seahawks are and what I want to happen and then they look like this against a great defense. I just don’t know any more.

  39. Mick says:

    We better keep scoring every time we get the ball, the D still sucks.

  40. bmseattle says:

    Mafe?!

  41. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice play by Mafe

  42. Kyle R says:

    And then with all the positive feelings about the offense there is the defense to help bring everyone back down to Earth.

  43. Chris says:

    And mafe goes to the bench after a good play

  44. Blitzy the Clown says:

    That’s the play pff will base most of Barton’s grade on

    If I understand their methodology correctly

  45. Chris says:

    Why not just leave him in for a series so he can get into a rhythm?

  46. cha says:

    Taylor with the jump!

    Exploded

  47. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Darrell Taylor shows up!

  48. Mick says:

    Aha, Taylor can still sack, I think it’s also a matter of scheme.

  49. Kyle R says:

    Keep attacking the edges Taylor and Mafe….Bruce can get a head start on his coaching career these last two games.

  50. Chris says:

    It doesn’t seem like Taylor has 7 sacks

    • Kyle R says:

      I agree and I think its a matter of he’d have 13-14 in the old 4-3 scheme and just plain show up more.

    • bmseattle says:

      Probably becasuse he isn’t consistent in his pressure.
      If he’s not getting the sack, he’s usually not even close.

      • Sea Mode says:

        Exactly. It’s still just speed rush or bust. If he gets the jump on the tackle, it works. If not, it’s over.

  51. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nooooooo Fox! Let it die. For the love of everything, let the quote die

    It’s my fault for bringing it up earlier

    • Matt says:

      Haha…I was just busting your chops earlier. The fact it was a “thing” earlier this year tells you the reading level of football players is around 4th grade.

  52. Big Mike says:

    How many times have we already seen Forsythe get blown up today 4, 5?

  53. Mick says:

    Damn these sacks, we never learn.

  54. Sea Mode says:

    Dang, we miss Lucas. That’s when you realize how good he has been for us this year.

  55. Chris says:

    What has Curran done to get in Pete’s dog house?

  56. cha says:

    Jets double teaming Collier LOL

  57. Sea Mode says:

    Brooks grabbed his knee I think

  58. Mick says:

    Hope we don’t lose Brooks.

  59. Chris says:

    God, it seemed like he had 10 seconds back there to throw

  60. HOUSE says:

    Hoping injury to Brooks is a sprain. Looks like she jammed it up a bit

  61. 206 says:

    So if the packers win today we are eliminated? Did I hear that correctly?

  62. Chris says:

    I love how walker is hitting the hole today and not dancing

  63. Mick says:

    This is not quite the worst of the Ds we’re playing good against.

    • Matt says:

      Just adds to the frustration…this team needs to sh*t or get off the pot. As soon as you make up your mind one way, they make you say “wait a minute!”

  64. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Ugly rep for Cross

  65. Mick says:

    Again we don’t involve Metcalf enough.

  66. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Woolen be lurkin

    QBs be ware

  67. 206 says:

    I can see the running holes against this defense before the ball is even snapped. Strange design if you ask a couch coach like myself.

  68. STTBM says:

    Seattle’s Defense is just sad. Weak, inept, easily schemed against. Heads should roll in the coaching staff, but that’s not Carrols way. Three more years of Hurtt doing his best Ken Norton impersonation to go….

  69. Big Mike says:

    This last 40 seconds have taken an interminable amount of time

  70. Mick says:

    Taylor prolly mentored by Dunlap, show up with the sacks late in the season.

  71. 206 says:

    The pack are really picking up steam. I’ve always rooted against Rodgers and the packers, but this year feels different, if the hawks don’t make it.

  72. Big Mike says:

    Apparently the loss by Washington has put Green Bay in control of their own destiny. Go Pack! I don’t want to make the playoffs. I don’t want to give Pete another reason to pretend we’re “really close” to being a Super Bowl squad.

    • Sea Mode says:

      I certainly wouldn’t mind finding a way to lose today…

      • bmseattle says:

        Yep.
        A win today, while still not making the playoffs, would be a big blow to our native pick position

    • 805Hawk says:

      To me, it really comes down to Pete’s future. I think making the playoffs will mean that Pete will have hope of contending in just one more run and he’ll stick around. I just want to see something fresh. I don’t like rooting for a loss, so I’m just rooting for whatever it takes for change.

  73. Peppapig says:

    Loving the raiders game.

  74. Palatypus says:

    Vikings not showing up at all today.

  75. Chris says:

    Our passing game is broken

  76. Big Mike says:

    I see Curhan in for Forsythe

  77. JimQ says:

    In the early 3-rd quarter, Dave Wyman (company man) when discussing Jet’s QB woes, that it’s so nice in Seattle to have the QB position “settled” (said sternly). This may mean the Seahawks actually believe that or it’s to disguise what they do with their 1-st. round pick (as in take a QB) as a smoke screen for teams wanting to move up?

  78. Chris says:

    I doubt wyman has any insight on the hawks plans

  79. Big Mike says:

    Peacock sighting
    Please cut him!!

  80. Big Mike says:

    White is atrocious today

  81. Chris says:

    How good would Garrett Wilson look on this team instead of adams

  82. Matt says:

    This Jets team is atrocious.

  83. Chris says:

    When you make the hawks defense look competent you are having a bad game

  84. Romeo A57 says:

    I don’t think the Jets fans are loving White today. He throws the ball inaccurate and not on time. They will definitely be active in the Free Agent QB class if one of the top QBs don’t fall to them in the draft.
    When is the last time the Seahawks defense held the opposition out of the endzone for the entire game?

  85. David Ashton says:

    With lions pack facing off in final week, and currently blowing out vikes, what are the playoff permutations?

    Are we pretty much eliminated on sos?

  86. STTBM says:

    Really poor end of a series for Seattle: atrocious play calling, horrid clock management, dysfunction evident everywhere…

    This team is a coaching disaster. Ridiculous you never hear Seattle’s media calling them out, only players and lame excuses are to blame.

  87. jdruaint says:

    If the Raiders hold on we are basically talking 9th pick with a loss or if we win 18th pick. GB will officially knock us out today so too bad were gonna win this game imo.

  88. STTBM says:

    How bout DJ Dallas?! Glad to see him getting some plays. He’s no starter, but he’s a pretty good change of pace and third down guy. And he’s tough as hell.

  89. Sea Mode says:

    Maybe that’s why we consistently get out-coached: PC too busy whining to the refs on every little no-call…

  90. Palatypus says:

    Watching on Red Zone in Florida. Have we lost a challenge yet? We got to keep that streak alive!

  91. 206 says:

    Subtle, but I have noticed a tackling improvement from Woolen today. Plus his speed is bad ass

  92. Big Mike says:

    Man was cha spot on with the TEs being open all day

  93. Leo says:

    I’ve lost track of how many potential picks Geno has chucked today, just screams regression to the mean next year…

  94. 206 says:

    Okay, that was a trash decision by Geno. I mentioned this early this year, that he is trying to avoid a sack so bad that he makes a sketchy throw away. Cant double down on your mistakes. Also, DK come on man!

  95. STTBM says:

    Jeebus, DK shouldn’t have feet for hands as often as he does for the money he’s making. He’s no Number 1 WR yet. Total non-factor in this game. No excuse for that.

  96. Kyle R. says:

    And plays like that is why DK is not on the top level of WRs in the NFL. Very good but not great.

  97. Palatypus says:

    Walker has over 100 yards. Give him the ball. He deserves the TD.

  98. Sea Mode says:

    Ball hit Walker’s arm.

  99. Palatypus says:

    Loving this classic Jarett Stidham/Brock Purdy shootout.

  100. Chris says:

    The defense seems to be playing better without brooks

  101. dand393 says:

    What a snooze fest of a game can’t remember being this bored even when there losing games

    • Big Mike says:

      Walker has had a couple of real exciting runs but other than that yep pretty boring

    • bmseattle says:

      well, games that boring aren’t usually very memorable.
      I bet you’ve been just as bored as today before.

    • STTBM says:

      Yep. PeteBall sucks. I’m dying for a new HC, have been since the end of 2017. I am also dying for new ownership, but fear another Behring.

  102. Chris says:

    This has finally felt like a Pete Carroll win

  103. bmseattle says:

    it’s interesting that they aren’t letting Lock finish this game up.
    If they were thinking Lock was an option next year, they would, I bet.

  104. Palatypus says:

    Did we lose a challenge?

  105. Palatypus says:

    Fred Warner and George Kittle having terrible games today.

  106. Steve Nelsen says:

    Clutch win for Seattle. Still alive for the playoffs. 3 turnovers for the defense and they held the Jets to 6 points. Checked a lot of the goals cha covered in his article.

    I know this is a draft blog but I am hoping for the playoffs even if negatively affects our picks. I’d like Geno to get some playoff experience/exposure before next season.

  107. Orcas Viking says:

    Given NO and Browns won today, if the Seahawks would have lost to the Jets our native pick would have gone to from 12 to 10, but the win pushes us up from 12 to 19. Hawks will know their playoff fate before they take the field against the Rams (GB’s eventual win against the Lions will happens earlier that day or on Saturday if the game gets flexed to Saturday night). Hawks better play all the rooks (no Bruce Irvin, please) and Lock in the Rams game if it’s meaningless. In such case, a meaningless Winn against the Rams further compounds the pain associated with our native pick, but worse, give Pete Carrol a fricking narrative that “we are so close”…that’s a lose-lose scenario.

  108. Rob I was wondering if you had any thoughts on Henry To’o To ‘o?

    • Rob Staton says:

      Just doesn’t stand out to me. Will reserve full judgement until I see testing results but ‘average’ is the word that springs to mind.