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Jets broke new ground in wasting a great defensive effort in Week 13

The Jets became the first team to lose a game all season with such a dominant defensive effort.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top stories of the Jets season has been the offense’s futility in squandering quality defensive efforts. In the Week 13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, that reached a new level.

The Jets defense turned in an outstanding performance, holding the Falcons to 3.03 yards per offensive play. This is only the 12th NFL game in 2023 where a defense held an offense to an average of less than 3.1 yards per play.

Against the Falcons the Jets became the first team all season to lose with its defense turning in this type of performance. The other 11 teams all won. In fact, you would need to go back over two full calendar years to find the last time a team lost a game holding its opponent to under 3.1 yards per play.

Further underscoring how rare this is, since 2018 NFL teams are 48-4 in game where they have held the opponent to the 3.1 average.

And in case you were wondering, the Jets offense on its own accord accounts for 3 of the 12 offensive performances generating less than 3.1 yards per play this season (25%).