Big News: Jets Win on Road : AFC: New York finally wins third game of the season with 16-10 victory at Seattle.
When the New York Jets win, it’s a big deal. When the Jets win on the road, it’s even better.
“It’s been a very disappointing season, a season filled with agony for us,” Boomer Esiason said. “So we’re going to treasure this.”
Holding rookie sensation Joey Galloway and AFC rushing leader Chris Warren in check Sunday, the Jets got a career day from Adrian Murrell and ended a three-game losing streak with a 16-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
The Jets (3-9) got their first victory in six 1995 road games and ended a seven-game road losing streak. Their last road triumph came Nov. 20, 1994, at Minnesota.
“This was a heck of a win for us,” Jet Coach Rich Kotite said. “Our special teams had their best day covering because of the type of returner that Galloway is.”
The Seahawks (5-7) had a three-game winning streak broken on a day when there were 10,002 no-shows and a crowd of only 41,160 in the Kingdome.
Murrell, a third-year running back from West Virginia, rushed for a career-high 116 yards in 24 carries, including a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Nick Lowery kicked three field goals for the Jets.
It was the first 100-yard rushing game for a Jet since Johnny Johnson got 122 yards on Oct. 16, 1994, against New England.
Esiason completed 19 of 34 passes for 149 yards with one interception. Seattle’s Rick Mirer was 17 of 34 for 138 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
Galloway, who scored five touchdowns in Seattle’s three-game winning streak, caught only three passes for 24 yards and gained eight yards on two carries. Warren went over 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth consecutive season, but was held to 63 yards in 16 carries.
“Offensively, it was the worst performance we’ve had all year, without a doubt,” Seahawk Coach Dennis Erickson said.
The Jets took a 13-0 halftime lead, capitalizing on one of three first-quarter takeaways for Murrell’s two-yard touchdown run. Murrell’s score came after Mirer fumbled Jim Sweeney’s center snap, and Lonnie Young recovered it at the Seattle 26.
In the second quarter, the Jets got field goals of 38 and 33 yards from Lowery, who missed a 50-yard attempt in the opening quarter.
The Jets held the Seahawks to 192 total yards, Seattle’s lowest offensive output of the season. And the New York defense lost starting tackle Tony Casillas (bruised knee) and star rookie defensive end Hugh Douglas (ankle sprain), the Jets’ sack leader.