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With all the problems the New York Jets have faced in the passing game this season, the last thing they need is a trip to Seattle to deal with the Seahawks and their rotation of strong defensive backs. The Seahawks have not lost at home and will be looking to take some momentum into their bye week by knocking off the Jets. Mark Sanchez and company are averaging only 207.6 yards through the air and have had to spend their bye week dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.

New York has dropped four of its last five games and Sanchez is completing only 52.9 percent of his passes, leading to some fans calling for backup Tim Tebow. Seattle is ranked even lower in passing offense but makes up for it on defense and in the running game, where Marshawn Lynch has gone over 100 yards in each of the last three games.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Seahawks -6.5, O/U 38.5.

ABOUT THE JETS (3-5):
Hurricane Sandy has left some Jets players and staffers without power for over a week and the practice facility has been on a generator. New York certainly could have used some extra time to work on its offense, which has dropped to 27th in the NFL in yardage. The Jets were embarrassed by the Miami Dolphins 30-9 at home in Week 8, turning the ball over twice and surrendering a touchdown on special teams. The defense, which was the team’s calling card in previous seasons, has slipped noticeably as well. Darrelle Revis’ season-ending injury has not been as devastating to the secondary as imagined but the rushing defense has been weak, allowing 141.4 yards on the ground. The Jets will play five of their final eight games on the road, including a trip to St. Louis following Seattle.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (5-4): Seattle’s home-field advantage is keeping it in the playoff hunt in the NFC. The Seahawks are 4-0 at CenturyLink Field, including tight wins over the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers. After dropping two in a row on the road, Seattle came back to “The Link” last weekend and put together its best offensive performance of the campaign in a 30-20 victory over Minnesota. Lynch ran for 124 yards and a score while rookie quarterback Russell Wilson passed for three touchdowns and did not turn the ball over. While the results against New England and especially Green Bay were close, there was no denying the ability of the Seahawks’ secondary to shut down top quarterbacks. They held Christian Ponder to 63 yards last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Jets coach Rex Ryan was voted the most overrated head coach in the NFL in a midseason poll of players conducted by The Sporting News.

2. Seattle LB K.J. Wright (concussion) and G James Carpenter (concussion) are both questionable for Sunday.

3. New York LB Bart Scott (toe) was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday while DT Kendrick Ellis (knee) and RB Joe McKnight (ankle) both sat out.

PREDICTION: Seahawks 20, Jets 13

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Last Injuries

Seattle Seahawks

  • Neiko Thorpe

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thorpe sat out the last game due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will compete in Sunday's showdown versus the Dolphins.

  • Cedric Ogbuehi

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogbuehi has missed the past three games with a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Dolphins.

  • Damien Lewis

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Lewis left the last game with an ankle injury, and it is up in the air if he will participate in Sunday's contest versus the Dolphins.

  • Mike Iupati

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Iupati exited the last game due to a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field Sunday versus the Dolphins.

  • Lano Hill

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hill was forced from Sunday's game wit ha back injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in Sunday's tilt versus the Dolphins.

  • Ethan Pocic

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pocic has a knee sprain, and there is no indication if he will be a participant in Sunday's clash versus the Dolphins.

  • Rasheem Green

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Green has wound up on the injured reserve list with a neck injury, and it is undetermined how much time he will miss.

  • Jordyn Brooks

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Brooks suffered an MLC sprain in his knee, and it is undetermined when he will return to the field.

New York Jets

  • Bradley McDougald

    Ribs
    Prob Thurs | probable

    McDougald was lifted from the previous game with injured ribs, but his availability against the Broncos on Thursday is not in danger.

  • Jordan Willis

    Ankle
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Willis was forced from the previous game with an ankle injury, and there is no indication if it will take the field against the Broncos on Thursday.

  • Jeff Smith

    Shoulder
    Ques Thurs | I-R

    Smith has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a shoulder injury. The team has three weeks to activate him.

  • Breshad Perriman

    Ankle
    Out Thurs | out

    Perriman sat out the last game with a sprained ankle, and he will not be active against the Broncos on Thursday.

  • Quincy Wilson

    Concussion
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Wilson was held out of the previous game due to a concussion. It is uncertain if he will be cleared in time for Thursday's clash versus the Broncos.

  • George Fant

    Concussion
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Fant missed the previous game while going through the league-mandated concussion protocol, and it remains to be seen if he will pass it in time for Thursday's tilt versus the Broncos.

  • John Franklin-Myers

    Knee
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Franklin-Myers has a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Broncos on Thursday.

  • Chris Hogan

    Ribs
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hogan is dealing with injuries to his ribs and knee, leaving his status against the Broncos on Thursday up in the air.