The way this works: Each offense will be pitted against the opposing defense and compared on an array of key statistical attributes based on their respective rank in the NFL. The charts that follow show the rank of each unit for each of these categories. What you want to look for is where there is a big disparity between the height of one bar and another. Keep in mind that since these are rankings, lower numbers are better, so TALL BARS ARE BAD.
Seahawks Offense vs Jets Defense
New York features one of the most talented defensive lines in the NFL, and unlike teams like Miami and Los Angeles, they play a 3-4 scheme with bigger linemen. Consider that the Jets turned the ball over 8 times on the road in very tough venue in Kansas City and only surrendered 24 points. There are some surprising areas of weakness thus far in this Jets unit, but how the Seahawks matchup with their strength will likely be the key to the game.
Seahawks offensive weaknesses vs Jets defensive strengths
It is not often that we are listing the run game as a weakness for the Seahawks, but through three games, they are 27th in the NFL in yards per rush and 15th in rushing yards overall. Running back Christine Michael is averaging much better numbers and will be getting the bulk of the carries. He will be facing a stout Jets run defense that ranks 3rd in the NFL in both yards against and yards per carry. Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson for a dynamic trio that give fits to every offensive line they face. I have also liked what I have seen of rookie linebacker Darron Lee.
Jets defensive weaknesses vs Seahawks offensive strengths
One of the big surprises of the season is the poor performance of Darrelle Revis and the Jets pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him ranked 98th out of 104 cornerbacks so far. The secondary has surrendered seven plays of 30 yards or more, which ranks 29th in the league. They rank dead last in opponent completion percentage and 31st in opponent yards per attempt, yielding an ugly 9.1 yards per throw. As is so often the case, it is more than just poor secondary play leading to these big gains through the air. New York ranks 6th in the NFL in sack rate, but most of that came from their 7 sacks in week one. They have zero sacks and two sacks the past weeks, giving opposing quarterbacks time to let these deep throws develop.
Jets Offense vs Seahawks Defense
Everyone will be poking fun at Ryan Fitzpatrick this week after his abysmal performance against the Chiefs. Just remember what people were saying about Case Keenum before he played a serviceable game against the Seahawks the next week. Fitzpatrick is a better player than Keenum or Blaine Gabbert. He also has better weapons in Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte. This Jets offense nearly had three 100 yard receivers in week two against Buffalo, along with a 100 yard rusher. They have potential to do damage, even if they have had a tough time doing it so far.
This Seahawks defense is legit. They can win this game themselves if they bring their best, especially if they can start creating turnovers. One could argue that the Jets defense has more of an advantage over the Seahawks offense than vice versa. New York has some strengths on offense, where Seattle has yet to truly develop any. This game will not go well if Seattle is unable to hold the Jets offense in check.
Jets offensive strengths vs Seahawks defensive weaknesses
New York features three quality wideouts in Marshall, Decker and Quincy Enunwa. One of the more underrated matchups in this game is slot receiver Enunwa versus nickel corner Jeremy Lane. Enunwa leads the Jets in receptions with 17 and Lane has been fantastic so far this season. Seattle has a history of giving Decker fits, while Marshall has a history of doing the same to Seattle. He is one of only three receivers I have seen consistently beat Richard Sherman in a game (Stevie Johnson and T.Y. Hilton being the other two).
Seahawks defensive strengths vs Jets offensive weaknesses
Seattle has been great at everything so far except for taking the ball away. Their run defense is even better than it shows due to the 49ers getting some garbage yards late last week. New York is extremely inefficient in their passing game, ranking 30th in completion rate and 21st in yards per attempt. The Seahawks are one of the toughest teams to throw on in football. If the Seahawks can bottle up the run, the Jets offense could be in for a very long day.