Last game Seahawks: Seattle got its biggest win of the season with a 27-23 victory on the road at Minnesota last Sunday. The Seahawks improved to 7-6, took back first place in...
Seahawks: Seattle got its biggest win of the season with a 27-23 victory on the road at Minnesota last Sunday. The Seahawks improved to 7-6, took back first place in the NFC West and once again control their postseason destiny.
The Seahawks’ defense held the high-powered Vikings to three points in the second half, and rookie Michael Boulware intercepted a pass in the end zone late in the game to thwart a Vikings scoring opportunity. On offense, wide receiver Darrell Jackson came up huge with a 10-catch, 135-yard performance despite learning hours before the game that his father had passed away.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns. The last play of the game was an adventure, as Minnesota QB Daunte Culpepper was sacked but not ruled down, and Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant tipped a pass that caused it to fall incomplete in the end zone.
Jets: New York fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-6 in Pittsburgh last Sunday. Steelers running back Jerome Bettis threw for and ran for a touchdown. Both Bettis and Jets RB Curtis Martin went over the 13,000-yard rushing mark for their careers.
New York’s defense had shut out three straight opponents in the second half until Bettis’ touchdown pass to Jerame Tuman early in the fourth quarter, which gave the Steelers a 10-3 lead. The Jets were penalized 12 times for 84 yards, even though they are among the least-penalized teams in the league, and QB Chad Pennington threw three interceptions.
The last time
The Seahawks lost to the Jets 19-9 on Jan. 2, 2000, in New Jersey, but backed into the AFC playoffs as West Division champion when Oakland defeated Kansas City in overtime later that day.
Three Todd Peterson field goals were all the Seahawks managed on offense, as the Jets held Seattle to 33 rushing yards.
What to expect
The Jets are trying to hang on to a wild-card playoff spot, and have the upper hand at 9-4 but need wins to assure themselves of the postseason, with Denver and Baltimore (8-5) on their heels. The Seahawks also have plenty to play for, and go in with confidence. The Jets will try to establish Martin and call on their strong defense to keep the Seahawks’ offense at bay. The Seahawks hope they can move the ball against one of the league’s better defenses and try to stay at home on draw plays up the middle that have gashed the defense in recent weeks. A road win against a top-flight opponent could be too much to ask of Seattle this week.
Seahawks: The Seahawks lead the all-time series 8-7. … Coach Mike Holmgren is 44-33 all time against AFC opponents.
Jets: The Jets also control their playoff destiny with the best record in the AFC among non-division leaders. They can clinch a playoff spot today with a win and Denver loss or tie, plus a Buffalo loss or tie, plus a Jacksonville loss or tie.
Seahawks: DT Marcus Tubbs (ankle), LB Curtis Randall (hamstring) and DE Grant Wistrom are out. DT Rocky Bernard (knee) and CB Bobby Taylor (knee) are doubtful. WR Bobby Engram (ankle) and G Jerry Wunsch (knee) are probable.
Jets: DE John Abraham (knee) is out. LB Victor Hobson (ankle) and G Pete Kendall (knee) are probable.
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