3. Will the defense make game changing plays two weeks in a row?
The defense through four games has been hard to figure out. Their DVOA is 25th in the league which obviously is not good, but in two out of the four games they held their own (Baltimore and Pittsburgh).
The defense's ability to make game-changing plays was a great sign to see last week. It gave the offense favorable field position on multiple occasions and provided a spark that was nonexistent over the prior four games.
While the sack total in the game (3), wasn't extremely eye-popping they came at critical points of the game where there was competitiveness to the game.
It also felt like the strategy to rely on four pass-rushers and not blitz worked out more often than in other matchups which could be a good indication for future performances.
The biggest weaknesses on the team in the first three games were suddenly the strengths in safety play from Lamarcus Joyner and Jordan Whitehead.
While it's difficult to expect three interceptions from the tandem each game, if their performance can even out it will be a big help to the secondary as a whole.
In two home games this season, the defense has two total turnovers (one in garbage time). It would fire up the crowd and the team itself for that side of the ball to make game-changing plays early on in this game against Miami.
This feels like a game where afterward fans are either feeling very good about the direction of this team or going back to the same old jets mentality. Let's hope that the players and coaches play up to the standard that they should for a big matchup with the Miami Dolphins.