The New York Jets' defense had its best game of the year Sunday, keeping the Green Bay Packers out of the end zone and allowing them to convert just two of 14 third-down opportunities. The Jets' offense outgained the Packers 360 yards to 237. But at the end of the day, the Jets were losers at home by a 9-0 margin, thanks to costly turnovers and some bizarre fourth-down strategy.
It's those turnovers that are most worrisome for the Jets, as their 5-1 start was built on a foundation of excellent ball security. The Jets turned the ball over just once in those six games, but they have coughed it up three times in each of their most recent two contests, the loss to the Packers and a nail-biting win over the 2-6 Broncos. A closer look at the numbers, though, reveals that the Jets aren't really playing any more sloppily. It's just that the balls that bounced their way early in the year are now bouncing into the arms of their opponents.