Defense Overshadowed in Sanchez’s Benching

In a game where the benching of Mark Sanchez will be all the news that anyone talks about over the next few days, the Jets defense has to be lauded for their stout performance, writes Tom Pedulla in the New York Times.

To that end, they performed with stunning efficiency. They stopped Arizona on all 15 of its third-down opportunities and held the Cardinals to 137 net yards while McElroy provided a needed spark in a 7-6 victory.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a game where we held the opposition to 0 for 15 on third down,” said linebacker David Harris, who is in his sixth season. “That was huge for us.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

No one is going to say that Ryan Lindley doesn’t have a lot of room for improvement, but even if he didn’t light it up against the Jets, the fact that the Jets defense had that sort of a game has to be mentioned.  The Jets defense played great and the fact that they were able to hold an opponent to an oh-fer on third down is insane.

The Jets weren’t exactly laying a beating on the Cardinals, but the sheer fact that the defense played so well helped keep them in the game and eventually win it.