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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Pace: Lack of offense is 'nerve-wracking'

By Rich Cimini

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The frustration among the the Jets' defensive players was palpable Monday night after a 14-10 loss to the Titans. Calvin Pace didn't want to point fingers at the woeful offense -- and he didn't -- but he came close.

"It's tough, man, it is," Pace said. "I'd love to go out and know we have 50 points behind us, but that's not the case right now. It hasn't been that way since I've been here (in 2008). We know the strong suit of this team is the defense."

The Jets failed to top the 10-point mark for the sixth time this season (14 games). Over the past three games, they've managed only 34 points -- combined. Their only touchdown against the Titans came on a 35-yard drive, thanks to a terrible punt.

Basically, the defense has to be near-perfect for the Jets to have a chance.

"Trust me, it's nerve wracking. It's frustrating at times," Pace said. "But we've had terrible games and they picked us up."

He was being kind.

"It would be easy to point fingers at them, but we didn't play a perfect game," Pace said. "We're just as at fault as they are."

Once again, he was being kind.