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Author: Jon Kuzma
The New York Jets have been the laughing stock of the league all off-season but it’s clear New York is ready to change the perception of their football team. Behind an outstanding defensive performance led by Leonard “Big Cat” Williams the New York Jets held the Tennessee Titans to just 3 points. A lot of people will say “oh it’s preseason and it doesn’t count” but the Titans played a lot of their starters and were flat out overmatched by Gang Green’s defense. Williams leveled Marcus Mariota early on and then the rest of the Jets defenders got in on the pass rush fun. When the game was finished New York had compiled 8 sacks on the night by 8 different players. It’s safe to say Todd Bowles’ team was blitzing from all angles and one hit in particular by Julian Stanford knocked Titans back up quarterback Alex Tanney out of the game (temporarily). It was obvious from watching the Jets hammer Tennessee that not only do they have a strong defense line and good linebackers. This team also has exceptional depth in their front seven which should be able to get the job done in the regular season. The struggle for this team is going to be whether or not their offense can put enough points on the board to match their stellar defense? The Jets should have addressed their offense in the draft but at least they have one side of the ball that is competent and can get the job done. NFL Insiders thought New York was going to be a train wreck this year but it feels like this team is better than the assessment we’ve given them. It just goes to show that the offseason hype can be very misguided at times and we were all wrong about the Jets, this team could finish with 5-8 wins rather than going 0-16 or 1-15.
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