AFC East turnover tale of the tape

October, 27, 2010
10/27/10
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Turnovers have been a significant reason for the New York Jets' and New England Patriots' success this year.

Their defenses are snatching them. Their offenses are limiting them.

The Jets lead the NFL with a plus-10 turnover differential. The Patriots are tied for fifth at plus-6.

Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery iced their past two games by pouncing on turnovers. He returned a Brett Favre interception for a touchdown to foil a possible Minnesota Vikings comeback in Week 5 and recovered a bad Denver Broncos snap to snuff a potential game-winning drive in Week 6.

The Jets have recovered nine fumbles, tied for the league lead.

The offense, meanwhile, has just four giveaways, also tied for the best. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez didn't throw an interception through the first five games. They've lost two fumbles.

The Patriots haven't been master thieves in general, but they have been solid on defense. They collected four turnovers in Sunday's 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The Patriots came up with three of their four fumble recoveries of the season and added their eighth interception.

The Miami Dolphins are a minus-2. That must be disappointing for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who takes pride in a ball-hawking mentality.

Only two clubs have recorded fewer than the Dolphins' three fumble recoveries or fewer than their four interceptions.

The Buffalo Bills ranked second with 28 interceptions last season. They have just one so far this year and five fumble recoveries. But their offense has been a bit stingy. Their 10 turnovers are tied for 11th.

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