A recap of the Seahawks’ 28-7 victory over the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Richard Sherman. There were several candidates, but this game could have turned in the Jets’ favor without two huge plays by the Seahawks’ second-year cornerback.
With the score tied 7-7 early in the second quarter, the Jets had a third-and-goal situation from the Seahawks’ 6-yard line. But as QB Mark Sanchez went to tight end Dustin Keller, Sherman darted in to intercept the pass at the 3-yard line.
“It was just Cover Two, and I was sitting in the flat waiting for him to throw,” Sherman said after making his fourth interception of the season. “And he tossed it up.”
Later, in the fourth quarter and with the Seahawks leading 14-7, the Jets had a first down at the Seahawks’ 32. But Sherman blitzed, producing not only his first career sack, but a fumble that was recovered by defensive tackle Jason Jones. Six plays later, the Seahawks scored to make it 21-7.
“It’s just our scheme,” Sherman said. “The backside is always going to be locked if there’s a tight end, but they brought an extra tackle in as a third tight end. So I knew he wasn’t going to go out for a route. I can’t cover anybody, so instead of covering I blitzed and nobody was there to pick me up.
“We haven’t seen that look since maybe the first day of (training) camp. It’s one of those looks you rarely get because there is rarely a time you’re going to have a tackle line up as a tight end, who you know for sure is going to stay in and block. It just happened to be the luck of the draw.”
Translation: Sherman done good.
“Boy, he had a great game,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “The corners were doing a great job at the line of scrimmage, just disrupting a lot their pass routes. So not only what you saw with the big plays, but just every play, every pass attempt Sherm and Brandon Browner were doing a good job.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: When a wide receiver throws a touchdown pass to another wide receiver, it’s an obvious choice. And that’s what Golden Tate did in the fourth quarter, when he took the ball from QB Russell Wilson on a reverse, pulled up and threw a left-hander to Sidney Rice in the back of the end zone.
What was going through Tate’s mind when the play call came into the huddle? “Oh, I was so excited,” he said. “I was like, ‘Ooh, please be in Cover One.’ ”
Actually, it was a play that should not have happened. Marshawn Lynch scored on an 8-yard run two snaps before, only to have the play nullified by a holding penalty. Then, the Seahawks had a false start. It left them in a first-and-goal situation – but from the 23-yard line. That’s when the play was called.
“It was a great call; right time,” Rice said. “And fortunately Golden got the ball off and hit me in the back of the end zone.”
It was Tate getting the ball off that Rice had some fun with.
“After it left his hand, it was beautiful,” Rice said. “Before that it was suspect. I saw the replay and it took him about four or five seconds to throw the ball and I’m in the back of the end zone waiting on him to let it go.”
Defense: Which Sherman play to select? No worries, because he made the choice.
“That was my first sack ever, so I think the sack today might have been the better play,” he said. “It felt good. I never thought I was going to get a sack because they never send me on blitzes. They just make me cover. But that was a great play.”
One that deserves more? “Richard will be asking about third-down rushes, I’m sure,” coach Pete Carroll cracked.
Special teams: The recovery Kam Chancellor made on the punt Jeremy Kerley muffed in the second quarter. Or was it a muff? It looked like Jeremy Lane might have gotten a hand on the ball. At least that’s how Chancellor saw it.
“I think Jeremy did knock it out,” he said.
Whatever the cause, the Seahawks scored seven plays later to take a 14-7 lead – one they would only build on in the fourth quarter. And, Kerley fair caught the only three punts he faced after that.
“I don’t think that man wanted the ball, because I was coming full speed,” the 6-foot-3, 232-pound Chancellor said of using his closing speed to take direct aim at the 5-9, 188-pound Kerley. “I don’t think he wanted anymore after that.”
No injuries were reported from the game, but the Seahawks played without two concussed starters – strongside linebacker K.J. Wright, who was injured on the first series of last week’s game against the Vikings; and left guard James Carpenter, who also missed last week’s game after getting a concussion earlier in the week. They were replaced by Mike Morgan and John Moffitt.
Lynch surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the fourth time in his six-season NFL career, and the second time with the Seahawks – who obtained him in a 2010 trade with the Bills. With 124 yards against the Jets, he has 1,005 in 10 games. Lynch is on pace for a career-high 1,608-yard season, which would rank third in franchise history behind the totals put up by Shaun Alexander in 2005 (1,880) and 2004 (1,696).
With his two TD passes, Wilson now has 11 in five home games this season – and no interceptions; compared to four TD passes and eight interceptions in five road games.
Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner had a game-high nine tackles, pushing his team-leading total to 81. He is on pace for a 130-tackle season, which would be the most by a Seahawk since linebacker Anthony Simmons had 147 in 2000.
Rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin had 2.0 sacks, giving him 7.0 for the season to tie Chris Clemons for the team lead.
The Seahawks are 6-4 for the first time since 2007, which also is the last time they finished with a winning record (10-6).
The Seahawks had two red-zone possessions and scored touchdowns each time they were inside the Jets’ 20-yard line.
The Seahawks’ time of possession – 36:11 – was a season high, by 11 seconds over last week’s game against the Vikings.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’m real pleased. It was a great stadium. We had some rain showering to make it typical and classic for us. Everything about it was good today, so I liked it.” – Carroll