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NY Jets defense has lengthy drought in specific statistic

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Despite great defensive teams over the years, the NY Jets have a lengthy drought in one specific statistic

While it may be hard to believe, the New York Jets have a lengthy drought in a specific defensive statistic.

In a post on X, Warren Sharp listed how many years it has been since each NFL team achieved a defensive shutout. The Jets are tied with the Giants for the second-longest drought at 15 years. Only the Washington Commanders have a longer drought at 33 years.

New York’s last defensive shutout occurred on October 25, 2009, when Mark Sanchez led the Jets to a 38-0 victory in Oakland. The Jets forced four Raiders turnovers, including interceptions by Darrelle Revis and Jim Leonhard. Calvin Pace forced two fumbles, which were recovered by Mike DeVito and Marques Douglas.

While the Jets have had many great defenses over the past 15 years, there is a sound line of reasoning for why the team has not achieved a shutout for over a decade: the team’s historically poor production on offense.

From the end of the Rex Ryan era until the present day, the Jets have consistently fielded one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Turnovers have been arguably the biggest issue, as the Jets lead the NFL with 414 of them since 2009. Shutting out an opponent is hard, but shutting them out with constant turnovers is almost impossible. The opposing offense is consistently set up in an ideal position to score points.

With a revamped offense and Aaron Rodgers back in the fold, the Jets are positioned to have their best offense in recent memory. As a result, their talented defense will have an excellent chance to break the lengthy shutout drought in 2024.

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