7 studs and duds from the NY Jets sluggish Week 14 loss to the Saints

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6. STUD: NY Jets linebackers

The Jets' defense was a mess again on Sunday, but the team did see some solid play out of their linebackers. Each of C.J. Mosley, Quincy Williams, and Jarrad Davis made a splash play or two in this game.

Mosley, who was been wildly inconsistent in recent weeks, bounced back with a standout performance that saw him finish with a team-leading 17 tackles. No other player had more than 10.

Williams continued to make a case for a starting role next season with an even more impressive performance. The former waiver-wire pickup made a number of excellent stops in the run game and was sticky in coverage on Alvin Kamara.

Davis even got involved with a tackle for loss of his own. It's been a rollercoaster of a season for the Jets' linebackers, but they did more good than bad on Sunday.

7. DUD: NY Jets run defense

But while the Jets' linebackers mostly did their part, the overall defense struggled, especially in run defense. Alvin Kamara finished with 120 yards on 27 carries as the Saints moved the ball effectively despite having an injured Taysom Hill under center.

Speaking of Hill, the BYU product finished with 73 yards and two touchdowns of his own on the ground including an embarrassing 44-yard scamper toward the end of the game.

The Jets struggled to set the edge all game with defensive ends getting sucked inside and defensive backs either missing tackles or taking poor angles.

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This Jets defense is fundamentally bad. And with four games remaining, there haven't been many signs of progress.