Jets eliminated from playoffs after 23-6 loss to Seahawks – The Denver Post


SEATTLE — The Jets knew the assignment coming into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

If Gang Green won its last two games of the regular season and get some help, the team could make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Unfortunately, the Jets offense once again failed to produce much of anything as the team couldn’t start the New Year with a victory.

The Seahawks (8-8) defeated the Jets (7-9) 23-6 on a partly cloudy, 46-degree day at Lumen Field in front of 68,826 fans. With the loss, the Jets are now eliminated from postseason contention as they have lost five straight games and six of their last seven.

The Jets postseason drought will continue as they have not made the playoffs in 12 years, which is the longest current playoff drought in the NFL.

Quarterback Mike White, who played in his first game since being cleared for contact after fracturing his ribs Week 14 against the Bills, had his worst performance of the season. He completed 23 of 46 passes for 240 yards and two interceptions.

White overthrew several receivers as the Jets offense lacked rhythm and an identity. Something that was very similar when Zach Wilson, who was benched for White, played against the Jaguars 10 days ago.

Like most of the season, the Jets couldn’t convert on third-down attempts. Gang Green finished 3 of 12 on third downs and 0 for 2 on fourth downs. The Jets also went away from the rushing attack in the second and third quarters, which was averaging 4.4 yards per attempt.

Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, who the Jets drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, had a better day against his former team. He finished 18 of 29 for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Kenneth Walker III rushed for 133 yards on 23 carries.

The Jets defense could’ve gotten off to a worst start on Sunday. On the opening drive, Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III ran 60 yards, which put them at the Jets’ 13. Two plays later, Geno Smith found tight end Colby Parkinson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown as Seattle went up 7-0.

Gang Green tried to respond on its first drive of the game. However, deep in Seahawks territory, White threw an off-balanced pass in double coverage and was picked off by safety Quandre Diggs. Seattle drove all the way to the six-yard line but had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Jason Myers as it went up 10-0.

The Jets got on the board at the end of the first quarter following Greg Zuerlein’s 44-yard field goal trimmed the Seahawks lead to 10-3.

Seattle kept the pressure on as a 41-yard shovel pass from Smith to DeeJay Dallas put the Seahawks’ offense in the red zone for the third consecutive drive. They got to the seven-yard-line before Smith threw his second touchdown pass to Tyler Mabry, which put Seattle up 17-3 in the second quarter.

Gang Green continued to have trouble ending their drives in the end zone as it got to the 26-yard line before Zuerlein added another 44-yard field goal which cut Seattle’s lead to 17-6.

Following Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal miss to begin the second half, the Seahawks added three more points, which extended their lead to 20-6.

After the Seahawks punted, the Jets had an opportunity to get back into the game. However, on first down, White threw an interception to Mike Jackson as he returned it to the Jets 47. Seattle increased its lead to 23-6 after Myers 31-yard field goal.

Up Next

The Jets will end their regular season on the road next weekend against the Dolphins. The Seahawks will also play their final game of the 2022 season at home against the Rams.



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