So how do you beat the Seahawks? Much like last week against the Chiefs, the best answer might be with stellar defensive line play. Once again the stat of the week involves two related defensive line metrics. On the one hand, take advantage of the porous Seattle offensive line by sacking Wilson repeatedly. Four or more sacks is ideal. At the same time limit his running, to the tune of less than 25 yards on the ground. Do those two things and you have a good shot at winning the game.
That is a rather tall order. A jail break pass rush often results in mobile quarterbacks breaking out of the pocket and making big plays on the run. On the other hand, focusing on keeping the quarterback in the pocket can often reduce sack totals as the priority is on containment rather than penetration.
Russell Wilson is an outstanding passer, one of the best in the NFL. He is also one of the best running quarterbacks in the NFL. Repeatedly sacking him while maintaining discipline, keeping him contained in the pocket, and limiting his scrambling is a very tall order, but the Rams have been up to the task on a regular basis. The Jets defensive line is similar to the Rams. Both are among the best lines in the NFL and both are loaded with elite first round talent that are adept at both rushing the passer and stopping the run. If any line in the NFL is suited to duplicating the Rams' formula for success against the Seahawks it may be the Jets. That Wilson may be hobbled a bit by a couple of leg injuries should only help in this cause. The game against the Seahawks offers the Jets line an opportunity to justify the Jets' investment in them with a dominant performance. If the Jets' defensive line dominates and harasses Wilson all day while keeping him from escaping the pocket and hurting the Jets with his legs, the Jets should have a good chance of shutting down the Seahawks offense and emerging with a victory. Time for some hot sacks. Time for the defensive line to dominate. It may be the best chance the Jets have to win this week.