Going into CenturyLink Field isn’t something that is ever easy, but it is the task that the New York Jets have to face this Sunday when they take on the Seattle Seahawks to start the second half of the season.
The first half of the year went poorly for the New York offense. The team was shut out by the San Francisco 49ers and held to 10 points or fewer three times. Take out the opening game of the year against the Buffalo Bills, and the Jets are averaging just 307.9 yards and 17.1 points per game, numbers which clearly are just atrocious. Going into Seattle isn’t going to make matters any easier, as the Seahawks have allowed just 17.1 points per game against a brutal schedule that has included a minimum of four playoff teams already this year.
As always, the men of the hour to watch are QB Mark Sanchez and QB Tim Tebow. Perhaps an off week will give Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano a chance to further evaluate Tebow’s skills and get him more involved in the offense, because the talent at wide receiver just isn’t there to help out the embattled Sanchez.
Since the first game of the year when he threw for 266 yards and three TDs against just one pick, Sanchez has had just two games completing more than 51.9 percent of his passes. The rest of his games, he has had a quarterback rating of less than 70. Since Week 1, the USC Trojan has thrown just seven TDs and seven INTs in seven games, and he has averaged 210.0 passing yards per game.
Those making NFL picks on Sunday against Seattle know that the implied team total for New York is just 16 points. The Jets are 6 ½-point underdogs, while the ‘total’ kicks off the week at just 38 ½.