Cincy might consider riot gear for Jets D

January, 6, 2010
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We can be certain of at least one thing Saturday in Paul Brown Stadium: The New York Jets' defense will try to swarm the Cincinnati Bengals again.

In advance of their wild-card matchup, ESPN Stats & Information has armed me with all sorts of data to illustrate how much mayhem the Jets enjoy causing by sending extra pass-rushers.

No other team in the NFL came close in the regular season. Rex Ryan's horde applied added pressure (five or more pass-rushers) on 57.2 percent of opponents' pass plays. On third down, the figure skyrocketed to 83.8 percent. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the second-most aggressive on third downs at a mere 60 percent.

Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer got a tiny taste of it Sunday night, when the Jets clinched their playoff berth with a 37-0 victory at the Meadowlands.

Palmer played only the first half. He completed one of his 11 attempts for zero yards with an interception.

The Jets aren't a prolific sack team. They collected only 32 sacks, tying them for 18th. But they had the NFL's best pass defense because they have a secondary that can cover, allowing them to get belligerently creative elsewhere.

What happens when the Jets send added pressure?

Quarterbacks fall apart.

Even when the Jets applied standard pressure (four or fewer pass-rushers), opposing quarterbacks had a 62.5 passer rating, second-lowest in the NFL. When they dispatched five or more pass-rushers, the passer rating dropped to a league-low 56.1.

Those numbers don't jibe with Palmer. His passer rating against four or fewer pass-rushers was a healthy 90.8. He threw 14 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

Against five or more oncoming defenders, Palmer's passer rating was 70.1 with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

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