- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was a good day for the Jets' defense in a 7-6 win over the visiting Cardinals, and one stat that player after player kept pointing to was that Arizona was 0-for-15 on third down.
"I'd have to say it's probably our best defensive game of the year," Jets safety Yeremiah Bell said. "I think they were 0-for-15 on third down, so that's a nice improvement from where we came from."
Bell and other players got that stat from Jets coach Rex Ryan during his postgame address to the team. The Jets said it was the most failed conversions for an opponent since Tampa Bay went 0-for-14 on Dec. 13, 2009.
"We knew coming into the game that they were going to try to keep the game conservative and run and take their shot at the passing game," linebacker David Harris said. "We did a good job of stopping them on first and not allowing any big plays."
Harris (three solo, three combined) and cornerback Kyle WIlson (five solo, one combined) led the defense with six tackles each. Harris also combined with Bart Scott (five tackles) for a sack. Safety LaRon Landry (three tackles) had an interception.
"I think our defense has made strides during the season," Ryan said. "That's what I saw and that's what I know to be the truth, but it really showed today.
"I'm really proud of all the defensive coaches: (defensive coordinator) Mike Pettine, (defensive backs coach) Dennis Thurman, (linebackers coach) Bob Sutton, (defensive line coach) Karl (Dunbar), (assistant defensive backs coach) Jim O'Neil and (outside linebackers coach) Mike Smith. The communication over the headset was great. We were dialed in. The adjustments we needed to make were spot on. I thought they did a tremendous job."
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