I came across an article on our sister site "Behind The Steel Curtain", the SB nation blog covering the Pittsburgh Steelers, highlighting the fact that the Steelers are the least penalized team in the league.
I thought to myself that the Jets must be near the top of that list, I can't remember any games outside of maybe the Miami game in London, where I thought we shot ourselves in the foot by committing penalties.
Apparently that theory was correct. The Jets rank 2nd in the league in avoiding penalties. In total the Jets have been called for 65 penalties, just one more than the league leading Pittsburgh Steelers.
We've conceded 34 penalties on offense, 21 penalties on defense and 10 on special teams. Toss Bowles preached smart football when he was hired to lead the Jets, and that's exactly what he has delivered thus far.
The most penalised team in the league is the Tampa Bay Bucs with 109 penalties, which is an absolute staggering amount for having played just 11 games. Buffalo have been penalized 104 times, which really isn't surprising.
The Jets have given up just 565 penalty yards on the year, good for 3rd best in the league. However it's obvious that there are still improvements to be made, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Jets have given up 21 pre-snap penalties on offense, which is the 4th worst record in the league.
The Jets are simply one of the least penalized teams in the league, but they also don't benefit from the opposition being called for penalty. The Jets opposition has only been called for 68 penalties in total this year, which is the 4th lowest total in the league. The Jets are earning their victories, they're not a big beneficiary of teams shooting themselves in the foot.