3. The offense got off to a much better start and finally had a game without a turnover.
Slow starts have been a problem for the Seahawks in recent losses, including last week’s game at Kansas City, in which the Seahawks had just one first down on their first five possessions before making a field goal in end of part. A week ago against the 49ers, the Seahawks lost four possessions on a single first down before making a field goal again late in the second quarter.
The Seahawks faced a tough defense once again on Sunday, with the Jets ranked third in total defense and fourth in scoring defense, but that didn’t stop Seattle from jumping out to an early lead to take control of the game . Kenneth Walker III managed a 60-yard run on the game’s first play from scrimmage, and two plays later Smith found Parkinson for a score.
After Quandre Diggs’ interception gave the Seahawks good field position, they added a field goal, then on their next drive drove 70 yards in seven plays to take a 17-3 lead on a Smith- to-Mabry. .
The Jets’ talented defense made things challenging for the Seahawks at times the rest of the way, but that fast start set the tone and set the table for the defense to take over the game.
And in what might be the best news of the day for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks didn’t commit a turnover, their first game without a turnover this season.