Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Going South

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Going South

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- MetLife Stadium was mostly empty as the final minute burned off the clock.

Two small factions remained.

Hundreds of Seahawks were gloating, their gleeful chants echoing off the vacant seats. And then there were the Jets fans, gloomier than the gray skies above. They could only boo.

The Seahawks dominated the Jets on Sunday afternoon, delivering a debilitating 27-17 defeat.

"It definitely hasn't been the way we thought it would go," Jets safety Calvin Pryor said. "We know we had a tough stretch, but we thought we were a good enough football team to go out there and compete.

"But we haven't been making plays," Pryor continued. "[We're] coming up short."

The season is only 25 percent finished, but already it's starting to feel as if things are unraveling for the Jets.

They've lost two consecutive games to fall into a 1-3 hole, and now they have to travel to face Pittsburgh and Arizona -- both playoff teams last year -- in consecutive weeks.

"I don't care where we play," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "We have to correct our mistakes from [Sunday] and get ready for Pittsburgh."

And there are plenty of mistakes to clean up -- from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw three more interceptions, to the underwhelming defense.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was supposed to be slowed by ankle and knee injuries. But he still torched the Jets defense for 309 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-32 passing.

It was just the latest awful performance from he Jets' secondary - - which lost cornerback Darrelle Revis to a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.

For the second straight week, they couldn't cover a tight end: Jimmy Graham had six catches for 113 yards.

And they gave up yet another big play. Seahawks rookie receiver Tanner McEvoy -- the Hillsdale native and former Bergen Catholic quarterback -- lost the defense for his first career catch: an easy 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

"We got beat," Pryor said. …

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