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THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Woeful Jets just the gift the Seahawks needed

| December 14, 2020 1:10 AM

Well, that was fun.

I’ve got to be honest here, and admit that prior to the Seahawks’ waltz with the Jets, I truly didn’t grasp how an NFL team could be winless in 12 games — not in this league that prides itself on parity.

You know the line that’s always repeated: “On any given Sunday…”

OK, finally I’ve seen the Jets, and they’ve now played 13 and won nil after failing to be even mildly competitive in that 40-3 yawner at Lumen Field.

It’ll take a pretty bizarre Sunday for the Jets to avoid the big bagel in 2020.

There may not be a “given Sunday” for this bunch.

Yeah, they’re that bad.

Oh, and next weekend they have a date with the Rams.

That one may get ugly.


What am I saying?
 Could it be more unsightly than the Jets’ meek surrender in Seattle?

Look, I’m a professional sports columnist, and I watch these games as a serious observer — as though I might need to recount the details of each and every play.

ON SUNDAY, though, just after Geno Smith completed a pass to Colby Parkinson to start the Seahawks JVs off on a fourth-quarter drive…

I wandered into the kitchen and spent several minutes scrounging around for the makings of chips and dip.

Ah, and I fed Sammie the World’s Greatest Cat, too — never thinking for a second that I might miss a play that I cared to remember.

It was that tiresome.

A visit from the Jets is like having a wandering Red Cross lady knock on your door, just moments after you’ve sustained a cut that splashed blood all over the living room.

In other words, their timing can be perfect.

For an NFL contender that’s just been unexpectedly whacked by the Giants in a pretty serious upset, the Jets are better than a Christmas card stuffed with money from the family.

In one hilarious moment during the otherwise-dreary rout, Jets QB Sam Darnold strolled out of bounds just 1 yard behind the line of scrimmage on a busted pass play – thus boosting the sack total of his former teammate, Jamal Adams, to 8 1/2 for the year.

That gesture landed Adams in the record book for most sacks in a season by a defensive back.

Like, ever.

What’s amazing is that Adams broke the record despite missing a month with that groin muscle injury — and he still has three more regular-season games to fatten up his total.

LET’S HOPE sincerely that Adams and the rest of the Seahawks enjoyed themselves like little kids at the playground on Sunday.

There won’t be any cotton candy over the next two weeks.

It might be more like a trip to see the dentist about that long-postponed root canal surgery.

First up, the lads must make a trip across the country to face the Washington Football Team, an outfit that seems to have grown fangs — sporting four wins in their last five, including a victory over previously unbeaten Pittsburgh.

Washington now occupies the inside track to win the NFC East after thumping the 49ers 23-15 on Sunday – winning on the strength of two defensive touchdowns, including a scoop-and-score fumble recovery by beast rookie defensive lineman Chase Young.

The Artists Formerly Known as the Redskins have four first-round draft picks along the defensive line (Montez Sweat, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Young), and all but Young had sacks against San Francisco.

Don’t think Young was killing time at the water cooler, though, since he registered three solo tackles and three hits on 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens.

FACTOR IN that Russell Wilson now has been sacked 41 times, and it’s clear that a Seattle offensive line that’s struggled to stay healthy will need a truly impressive effort in the nation’s capital.

Assuming they survive Washington, the Seahawks come home to face the Rams in a game that almost surely will decide the NFC West title.

And we know all too well about the Rams’ defensive line, which spent roughly three hours in Wilson’s face just a few weeks ago.

So, yes, Seattle must face defensive fronts back-to-back that, with all the injuries in San Francisco, can be considered the two best in the NFL at the moment.

Lighting a few candles for Russ might be appropriate sometime soon.

Sorry, Toto, but this ain’t the Jets anymore.


Steve Cameron’s “Cheap Seats” columns appear in The Press on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “Moments, Memories and Madness,” his reminiscences from several decades as a sports journalist, runs each Sunday.

Steve also writes Zags Tracker, a commentary on Gonzaga basketball which is published each Tuesday.