Eric Decker has been ruled out by the Jets for their critical Week Four matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Decker has been dealing with a shoulder injury going back to the Week Two game with Buffalo and it will finally shelve him on Sunday. While the Jets are strong at the position, you never want to see one of your stars hurting.
Fitzpatrick to Marshall Needs to Show Up
It is not as if Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has not been looking for Brandon Marshall, he just has not been connecting. Marshall has 27 targets through the first three games but has only managed 12 catches and zero TDs with those targets. That cannot all be attributed to Marshall. Fitzpatrick has been errant on many of his throws and remember, a target does not mean that the pass was indeed catch-able. Marshall has had his opportunities, but he needs to start cashing in on them; pronto. The task will be easier said than done with the Seahawks and their vicious secondary coming to town.
Enunwa Will Get His
We talked about this a few weeks back when it looked like Marshall may miss some time, Quincy Enunwa will be asked to step up with Decker down. Enunwa has proven ready for the task thus far and hopefully that trend continues. I expect Enunwa and Marshall to combine for something close to 18 targets between the two of them. Seattle can also stop the run, so the Jets may not be able to lean too heavily on Matt Forte to lighten some of the offensive load.
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Important for Decker to Get Healthy
If Decker is going to miss any time, this would be the most ideal week for him to take a break and hopefully heal up. While every game is important, a battle with an NFC team does not affect the Jets playoffs standings as strongly as next week’s game with the Steelers. The Dolphins have already taken a loss on the week while the Bills and the Patriots face each other on Sunday. I am not saying to simply throw the game on Sunday or that it does not matter, it just does not matter as much.
Other Week Four Notes
Watch for the Jets return game this week. With Jalin Marshall on the shelf, it will bear watching what (if anything) the Jets special teams will contribute in this one.
I am not sure if Austin Seferian-Jenkins will even suit up on Sunday, so don’t assume he is going to be a part of this offense too quickly. While it is a flashy name, I will withhold judgement until we actually see him play.
The Seahawks are a West Coast team traveling for a 1PM Sunday game. The trend certainly favors the Jets in that scenario, but if there is one team that can buck that trend it would be Pete Carroll’s bunch.