New York Jets

New York Jets

New York Jets

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 01: Mike White #5 of the New York Jets is sacked by Quinton Jefferson #77 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Lumen Field on January 01, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)


It was listless and dull, and like a tumble weed in the desert came and went with little notice or fanfare. That was the Jets playoff hopes in a dismal 23-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on New Year’s Day.

Happy New Year Jets fans? More like Groundhog Day.

The Jets had no answer on either side of the ball. Robert Saleh and his coaching staff were out-coached from pillar to post by Saleh’s mentor Pete Carroll. And ex-Jet Geno Smith delivered the knock-out punch he waited years to for against the team that once drafted him and nearly grounded his career.

Smith threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, most of that success coming in the first half, as Seattle carried a 17-6 lead into the break.

The game was pretty much decided in the opening drive, when Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III gashed the Jets for 60-yards on the first play of scrimmage. Two plays later Smith lofted a pass to tight end Colby Parkinson to make it 7-0.

The Seahawks would never look back.

As for Walker III, the Jets couldn’t stop him as he torched the Jets for 133 yards on 23 carries.

On the flip side, Mike White had no answers. The once heralded people’s choice tossed two interceptions and never looked comfortable in the pocket; perhaps still bothered by the rib injury he suffered four weeks ago in Buffalo.

The loss ends the Jets season. Even though Gang Green has to play one more game next Sunday at Miami, it won’t mean much other than playing for pride and jobs in 2023. Call it what it is, a frustrating month for Jets fans who watched this team go from 7-4 to 7-9 in the blink of an eye.

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