The Jets’ defense has been a huge problem this season.
After starting the season with a solid, albeit inconsistent, defensive unit, the team is now in the thick of a two-game losing streak.
In the process, the Jets have allowed multiple touchdown passes, two interceptions, three fumbles and a touchdown on the season.
But they’ve also been forced to play defense against elite offenses.
Here are four reasons why the Jets can’t afford to give up big plays on the scoreboard and make up for a lack of talent.
It’s a bad defense.
The Jets’ starting defense has ranked among the league leaders in yards allowed per game and points allowed per contest this season (16.6).
But the defense has also allowed an NFL-worst 7.0 yards per play.
That’s not to mention that the Jets’ offense has been below-average, averaging just 10.4 points per game.
That would be a huge step down from last year’s 11.9 points per contest.
And the Jets defense has allowed a total of 10 touchdowns this season, most in the NFL.
The Jets should be better, but they’re not.
They’re a mess.
The defense hasn’t looked particularly good, especially since the beginning of the season, when they were a very respectable unit.
The unit has been plagued by turnovers and fumbles, and the Jets are allowing the most total yards in the league.
In a season where the Jets finished with the league’s worst defensive DVOA, it’s a real shame they’re playing in a team with such talent.
The offense has looked pretty bad, too.
The offense has ranked in the bottom half of the league in both rushing and passing DVOA over the past two seasons.
The Jets have been among the worst offenses in the NFC this season and have been outscored by more than 3,000 yards.
Last year, the unit averaged more than 2.4 yards per carry, but this year it’s averaging just 1.3 yards per run.
The passing game has been particularly bad this season: the Jets averaged just 6.3 points per attempt last year, but have given up 6.9 over the last three weeks.
They also rank last in the division in yards per attempt.
This team will have to rely on a combination of running the ball and getting good production from receivers and running backs if they hope to make a deep playoff run.
They don’t have a quarterback to play the game at.
While it’s difficult to find a quarterback that has been as inconsistent as Geno Smith this season at times, the rest of the team can’t do much to turn the tide.
The team has been very bad in pass protection, which is a big issue considering the Jets rank in the top five in the National Football League in pass efficiency defense.
They’ve allowed the second-most sacks and the second most quarterback hits.
And they’ve been outgained by the other team’s offensive linemen by nearly a yard per play this season — the Jets allowed over 20 points per drive in all but one game.
It would be surprising if the Jets were to win out in the playoffs this season if they’re forced to rely too much on their offense to win games.
The secondary needs to improve.
The secondary has been awful this season when it comes to interceptions.
The defense has surrendered eight interceptions on the year, most among the teams with at least 50 games.
The good news is that this is the first time in the past three seasons that the team has surrendered fewer than five interceptions.
That should help.
But the Jets need to improve on their secondary.
They need to stop allowing big plays in the passing game and improve the way they defend the run.
They’ll need to be more aggressive when it matters, too, which means more tackling and a lot of running.
But if they can’t be more effective at stopping the run, it could spell trouble down the stretch.
It’ll take a big change in offensive philosophy.
The biggest problem with the Jets offensive philosophy has been how they’ve allowed their defense to be so bad.
The most glaring example of that is the way the Jets run the ball.
The league’s leading rusher, Melvin Gordon, has been struggling this season as a runner and receiver, but he’s still averaging more than 10 yards per rush and is averaging a solid 10.2 yards per reception.
The running backs also seem to be struggling, as they have scored just four touchdowns on the ground this season; the Jets aren’t going to give them that much help this year.
And while Geno is a great running back, the defense is supposed to be the team’s biggest strength.
The way they’re currently playing, though, that’s not going to be true.
It won’t be easy.
It’s been hard to watch the Jets lose four straight games, but the team still hasn’t won a game since