The New York Jets had one of the most confusing seasons in recent NFL memory.
At the bye week, the Jets were 6-3 and were fully in the middle of the AFC playoff picture.
However, they finished with seven losses in the last eight games, making it a 7-10 record and the last spot in the AFC East.
This team went from having a ton of hope to being a complete afterthought.
However, it wasn’t because of the defense.
Illuminating stats about the #Jets season:
Record when holding opponents to one offensive TD or less: 3-5 (including 1-4 after the bye).
If they had scored 22 pts in every game, which is only the NFL average, they would’ve won 11 games.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 10, 2023
As Rich Cimini points out, the Jets finished 3-5 when holding opponents to one offensive touchdown or less.
That is staggering.
The Jets defense was marvelous all season long, finishing fourth in the NFL in points against (18.6 per game).
They also finished seventh in sacks (44) and 19th in interceptions (12).
But the offensive numbers are a massive concern.
- Points scored per game: 17.4 (29th in the NFL)
- Yards per game: 336.8 (24th)
- Rushing yards per game: 99.2 (25th)
- Time of possession: 30th in the NFL
If the Jets averaged 22 points per game — the NFL average — they would have had 11 wins and clinched a playoff spot.
Instead, they are 7-10, and now questions are swirling about the future of the offense with the QB position up in the air.