When you’ve got an offense that features a plodding runner, a quarterback that is in above his head, and a bunch of wide receivers that probably should be playing in the Arena Football League, you can’t afford many self-inflicted wounds. That’s why the New York Jets have been getting embarrassed at times this year, something that they can’t afford to do on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Oh sure, New York is the subject of many NFL picks at -4 ½ on Sunday, but if the team turns the ball over like it has at times this year, there is just no telling how ugly this game at MetLife Stadium might get.
Last week alone, the Jets turned the ball over five times. Two of those turnovers ended up being returned for touchdowns, and as a result, the final score was an ugly 49-19 in favorite of the New England Patriots.
New York has no lost a whopping 12 fumbles this year to go with 10 INTs. Five times, those turnovers have been returned for TDs. To put that in comparison, the whole offense only has 20 TDs scored for the year, so for every five touchdowns that the squad scores, it directly gives one up.
Take away the very first game of the year against the Buffalo Bills, and the offense is averaging scoring just 17.3 points per game, and if you take away all of the special teams and defensive touchdowns from that number as well, the offense is actually only averaging 15.2 points per game.
Arizona brings a defense to town that has forced 23 turnovers this year. This defense had a string of 15 straight games without allowing more than 23 points snapped four weeks ago versus the San Francisco 49ers, and the team hasn’t allowed fewer than 23 points in a game since that point. Last week though, the St. Louis Rams scored 14 of their 31 points directly off of interceptions returned for touchdowns.