Commentary

Don't write off the Jets just yet

Issues with the run defense and offense are real, but New York is still talented

Originally Published: October 16, 2011
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders
Mark SanchezElsa/Getty ImagesIf the Jets' run game continues to stall, Mark Sanchez will have to take control of the offense.

It's become rather convenient to write off the New York Jets after a 2-3 start that has left them multiple games behind the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills in the AFC East. While the Jets' playoff chances have certainly taken a hit, this is still very much the same team that made a run to the AFC Championship Game in the past two seasons.

By our DVOA rankings, the Jets come into "Monday Night Football" against the Miami Dolphins as the sixth-best team in the NFL. The Jets' formula since Rex Ryan has taken over -- winning with defense and special teams -- is still largely intact. Their defense ranks third in the NFL by our metrics, and their special-teams units rank first. Since 2009, they have never been below sixth in either category.

In other words, as long as Darrelle Revis and New York's group of impressive linebackers is still functioning, this Jets team will be dangerous through the remainder of the season.


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Rivers McCown

Football Outsiders
Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.