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Halftime reaction: Seahawks 14, Jets 7

SEATTLE -- Quick thoughts on the first half:

1. Killer mistakes. During the bye week, the Jets emphasized the importance of eliminating self-inflicted mistakes. Didn't work. They made two huge gaffes in the first half -- an interception by Mark Sanchez at the Seahawks' goal line and a muffed punt by Jeremy Kerley. The two blunders cost the Jets at least 10 points, as the Seahawks capitalized on the muff by scoring a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead.

2. Not-so-happy birthday. Sanchez, who celebrated his 26th birthday, was awful. The Jets had a chance to take a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, but Sanchez threw his fourth red-zone interception of the season. On a third down from the Seattle 6, he threw late for TE Dustin Keller, who was open for a split-second on a flag route. Sanchez telegraphed the pass and it was picked off by CB Richard Sherman.

3. Woe is O. The Seahawks' defense is good, but the Jets made them look like the '85 Bears. They produced only 112 total yards and went 2-for-8 on third down. They had seven possessions and no points. They had some success early running the ball, but Shonn Greene and Lex Hilliard were stuffed on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 rushes -- and Tony Sparano gave up on the running game. To think, the Jets entered with the league's top short-yardage offense. Not anymore.

4. Tebow Time. The Jets actually tried to get Tim Tebow involved in the offense, but there was little success. He played seven snaps on offense (went 2-for-2 on two short passes), including two penalties. Yep, Keller was called twice for false starts when Tebow was in the game. Another time, they had to burn a timeout with Tebow on the field. One word: Ridiculous.

5. Fiesty defense. Well, the Jets' defense came to play. Except for CB Kyle Wilson getting burned on a 38-yard TD pass on the first possession, the defense was terrific. The Jets turned up the heat on rookie QB Russell Wilson, sacking him three times. DE Muhammad Wilkerson was right; they were able to rattle him. Their only touchdown came on a strip sack by DT Mike DeVito, with Wilkerson scooping up the fumble and running 21 yards for a touchdown.