Seahawks @ Jets Recap and Observations
Updated: Oct 29, 2018
The defensive line sets the tone
Going into their Week 4 matchup, the Jets were averaging 130 yards per game on the ground against opposing defenses. Defenses that included the Bengals, Bills and Chiefs. On Sunday, the Seahawks held the Jets to just 58 yards.
On his blog, Earl Thomas was quoted as saying after the game, "Our D-line did great against the run and that’s what sets the tempo. Without our front us in the back end can’t do anything, so credit to them, they did a good job of containing these guys…" And did they (the D-line) ever. It started up the middle with McDaniel and Rubin, then finished off with Clark, Avril and Bennett.
Tony McDaniel has a great game
It's hard to imagine that just two months ago, Tony McDaniel was not on an NFL roster. If you don't know the story, read it here. On Sunday, McDaniel was a dominant force, overpowering the Jets All-Pro Center, Nick Mangold on several occasions.
Ahtyba Rubin - The Plug Another piece of the Seahawks stingy run defense has been Rubin. His ability to take on double teams and maintain and/or plug run lanes has allowed Bobby and KJ to make plays against the run. Rubin displayed that power and ability against former Seahawk, James Carpenter.
The versatile Michael Bennett Michael Bennett needs to get paid, plain and simple. His versatility to play anywhere on the line - and not just play but be effective and dominant - should be just cause on getting a new contract. In this game, he put that versatility on display, utilizing his speed and quickness when in the 3 and 5 technique.
If you can't block 'em, hold 'em This has been an occurring theme every week it seems, especially with teams going against Frank Clark. Branden Albert held Clark in Week 1 and here Ryan Clady, a former Pro Bowl tackle, does the same. However, refs missed the call, just like they did in Week 1. Refs, if you see Frank Clark, please keep an eye on him, he's probably being held.
Ifedi's reg. season debut was a challenge
Germain Ifedi's regular season debut was not spectacular but he got the job done against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. When Ifedi sets anchor, he's very hard to move. You can't bull rush through him, which was a problem when Webb was at the right guard spot. Where Ifedi struggled with in this game is on his assignments and recovery - all fixable issues which I'm sure Ifedi along with Cable and company will address.
Again, Ifedi did have his struggles but that's understandable against the Jets defensive line all while fresh off an injury. Once Ifedi shakes off some rust, he'll be a force on this line alongside Justin Britt
Justin Britt - A force at Center
PFF rated Britt at 87.1, the highest ranking at Center this week and with good reason. Justin Britt was just nasty in this game. I think I'll start to call Britt, iHOP from now on cause he was having a pancake party against the Jets. Next to Gary Gilliam, I think there may have been no other lineman I have been more critical of than Britt. So, it was awesome to see the power and nastiness that he can bring when he's on. I really hope he keeps this up.
Just nitpicking here. There was this one missed opportunity I felt on this read option. The Jets DE, Richardson, did a great job squeezing down the line, but I think there was enough of a gap for Collins to squeeze through if Russ just gave it to him. Also, how about that block by Sowell?! The play may have netted a first down, but it was not a game deciding play, so no big deal. Again, just nitpicking.
Bevell called a great game
Please silence the #FireBevell tweets and shouts. I know I need to heed to this as well. His play calling has been excellent over the last few weeks and a big part of that has to be due to a healthy Jimmy Graham. The route concepts, especially for Jimmy has been opening up lately, allowing Jimmy to roam the field - drag routes, deep seams, outside streaks, I've really enjoyed watching the offense lately. This play was possibly my favorite of the game where all the Jets linebackers had their eyes in the backfield while Jimmy ran free up the left seam. This play made me appreciate having Bevell as our play caller and stop whining every time he calls a quick screen.