After a thrilling 23-20 overtime victory by the New York Jets over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the defense deserves a huge ovation because they’re the main reason why they came away with a victory.
Many people thought the Jacksonville Jaguars would run away (both literally and figuratively) with the game against the New York Jets on Sunday. However, the defense made a statement. Don’t doubt the Jets defense anymore.
Even though it wasn’t as huge as last week, Demario Davis was a tackling machine for the second straight week. He recorded eight tackles (six solo), to lead the team. The team recorded three sacks, with one each from linebackers Julian Stanford, Darron Lee, and David Bass.
Even a late preseason addition to the team got into the action. Defensive end Kony Ealy got an interception which set up one of the Jets three field goals.
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One of the most important factors in the Jets win was the ability to get to Blake Bortles. It’s not just about sacks. They pressured him all afternoon. They were able to hit him six times. Additionally, that helped out the secondary, because they came away with five pass deflections.
There was one flaw that the Jets will have to correct moving forward. The run defense reverted to the first two weeks, in terms of yards allowed, but the Jets will have to take the good with the bad in this one though.
They allowed 175 yards on 39 carries for a 4.5 yards per carry average. However, unlike the first two games against the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders, the Jaguars runners were kept out of the end zone. It was also the first time the Jaguars didn’t score a rushing touchdown this season.
All in all the Jets defense had a spectacular game. They have a lot to hang their hats on heading into Cleveland.