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Jets vs. Seahawks: Three key matchups

The Jets have their hands full going into Seattle Sunday to face the Seahawks. Here are some of the key matchups.

Seattle Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch.
Seattle Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch.
Stephen Brashear

The New York Jets will try to do something no one else has been able to do this season -- beat the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The Seahawks are 4-0 this season at CenturyLink Field with victories over the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.

Here are three key matchups the Jets (3-5) need to win if they are going to pull that off.

Marshawn Lynch vs. the Jets' run defense

The powerful Lynch is third in the league with 881 yards rushing, and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. The Jets are a horrendous 29th in the league against the run, giving up 141.4 yards per game. That is a bad combination.

Mark Sanchez vs. Seattle's secondary

This really could be the Jets' putrid offense against Seattle's stellar defense. The Seahawks are allowing only 17.1 points per game, third in the league. The Jets are scoring only 21 points per game, 25th in the league. Another bad combination for New York.

Jets vs. the Seahawks' fans

Every team that heads into Seattle knows it is walking into what might be the loudest, most raucous stadium they will play in. If the Jets let the crowd into the game, or get rattled by the fact that they are in the game, that is bad news.