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Hard Facts Debunk Foolish Narrative Surrounding Jets Defense

Facts are a funny thing, aren’t they?  The way they can walk in to a room and completely destroy a narrative without warning?  So here’s one that obliterates a regurgitated assumption regarding the 2022 Jets defense.

Whether the Jets were facing a starting quarterback or another team’s second or third signal caller in 2022, they were a stellar unit.

In fact, the Jets faced six backup quarterbacks in 2022.  In those games, they surrendered just sixteen points per game.  An impressive number, but it does come with what one might call a mental asterisk.  After all, who cares what you do against Skylar Thompson and Trevor Siemien?  What can you do against starting quarterbacks?

Well, that depends on how you view points allowed.  If you just scan the box scores and compile the points scored by other teams, you’d find that when facing actual starting quarterbacks, the Jets defense allowed a whopping 20 points per game.  Over a full season that would rank 8th in the NFL.

However, if you take a more honest look and don’t penalize the defense for points allowed by the Jets special teams units, a group that allowed touchdowns on returns against the Patriots and Vikings, led by Mac Jones and Kirk Cousins respectively, the number of points per game with the actual defense on the field drops to 18.6 ppg.  Oddly enough, that’s the number the Jets defense finished at on the season vs all teams and special teams points included.  A top 10 number.

In fact, after allowing some big scoring plays in the season’s opening weeks due to poor communication in the secondary, the Jets allowed 24 points or more just once over the season’s final 15 games.  That run included games against the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, a rejuvenated Geno Smith and a red hot Trevor Lawrence.

So while the narrative of a team beating up on bad quarterbacks is a fun one for opposing fans, the reality tells a much different story.

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.



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