The Jets move into uncharted waters this week, without Darrelle Revis for an extended period of time. Prior to this, the most games that Darrelle has ever missed in a row has been 2, with a total of four games missed overall for his career. Now, an ACL tear is going to most likely extend “Life Without Revis” for the rest of this season.
A reader asked what the numbers are like for the Jets without Revis, so we take a look. We will not include the Dolphins game since he played a portion of that game, only the four that he didn’t play in at all.
NET YARDS PASSING ALLOWED PER GAME:212.75
POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME:17.75
YARDS ALLOWED PER GAME:288
NET RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED PER GAME:75.25
The numbers are very interesting. The run defense has stepped way up in Darrelle’s absence. Even in the recent loss to the Steelers, the Jets held them under 100 yards rushing. Actually, in the four games played without Darrelle involved, only one time did the opponent rush for over 100 yards. The numbers are a little bit skewed, because the 3rd game of this sample, week 17 2010, meant nothing to both teams. But still, and average of 75 yards allowed per game is just fantastic.
None of these numbers are bad. 17 points per game allowed is not #1, but would certainly keep any offense in a game. 212 passing yards, and 288 overall is solid. The Jets do have a history of picking it up without Darrelle around on defense. Let’s see if the same is true for the offense.
POINTS SCORED PER GAME29.25
OVERALL NET YARDS PER GAME:363.25
NET RUSHING YARDS PER GAME:196.25
NET PASSING YARDS PER GAME:167
The offense was in a couple of blowouts in this sampe, both against Buffalo (38-14 and 38-7), which inflates the PPG stat just a bit. Again, the third game, which took place at the end of 2010 was meaningless, so the numbers get weighted from that game as well. With those two blowouts excluded, the points per game go to 20.1, which still isn’t bad. The passing game has not been good, as you see with the 167 yards passing. But the rushing has been great, albeit with slightly different personnel.
The moral of this story on offense is that the Jets must be careful. Those rushing numbers were generated on Jets teams that had much better personnel for running the football. Mark Sanchez is going to be counted on a lot more in the current version of the team, so those passing yards had better creep up a bit in order for the jets to be successful.
In comparison, here are stats over the 77 games Revis has played prior to 2012 (omitting record, and total yards per game):
POINTS PER GAME:21.5
POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME:20.4
PASSING YARDS PER GAME:190.8
PASSING YARDS ALLOWED PER GAME:197.5
RUSHING YARDS PER GAME:127.7
RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED PER GAME:107.1
Very telling numbers. Obviously, they aren’t perfect, since the sample of games with Revis is far more than the sample without. However, they DO tell us that the Jets have stepped up in Darrelle’s absence. There is no significant drop off in any significant statistical category, and in several instances, the numbers have been better.
Hopefully, that trent will continue.