Denver’s defense is good, but you need to keep this in mind . . . Dan Leberfeld

Was Denver’s defense the reason for the Jets’ passing game struggles?

In the Jets’ win over the Broncos, the Jets threw for 121 yards and were 3-14 on third down.

Was it the Denver defense that led to these underwhelming numbers?

There is no doubt they are good, and their defensive coordinator, Ejiro Evero, is doing a terrific job. However, it should be pointed out, they played the Jets without prized free-agent addition, Randy Gregory, at defensive end,  starting inside linebacker Josey Jewell and starting cornerback Ronald Darby, due to injuries. So they had key players missing on all three levels.

They had a rookie fourth-round pick, Damarri Mathis, starting at cornerback for Darby. Look, we all know how good the other starting corner is, Patrick Surtain, but they couldn’t have done more against Mathis, who is learning on the job?

Maybe the Broncos’ defense contributed to the struggles of the Jets’ passing attack, but you’ve to figure out a way to do more in a results-based business.

We shouldn’t grade NFL teams on a curve.


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