Jets D managing without Revis

Antonio Cromartie has played much better this season after Darrelle Revis was injured. Rich Kane/Icon SMI

Once Darrelle Revis went down with a torn ACL in Week 3, the New York Jets defense was supposed to collapse.

It was thought that receivers would be running free in the secondary, the lower echelons of the cornerback depth chart would be exploited, and Antonio Cromartie would look a lot worse when he was matched up against the receivers usually taken away by Revis.

But it hasn't worked out that way. Cromartie might be enjoying his best season in the NFL and has been a notable bright spot for the Jets this season. The defense has kept the team in games, and the Jets are somehow in the AFC playoff picture.

Let's take a look at why the defense has been so successful without Revis.

The Revis benchmark

Before we dive into how the Jets have fared without him, it's important to contextualize just how good Revis is. In 2011, he allowed just 41.2 percent of passes thrown at him to be completed. Only Jacksonville's Derek Cox managed a better mark (32.1 percent), and he played around a third of the snaps Revis did.