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The New York Jets defense is always a solid bet. Already one of the top defenses in the NFL in 2011, the Jets have used it to fill up the few holes that they had.
Safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell were the two most vital pickups. However, perhaps the most exciting pickup was rookie defensive end Quinton Coples, a likely defensive rookie of the year candidate.
The Jets defense was fifth in the NFL in total defense and passing defense last season, despite being constantly put in bad situations by its own offense. The big offseason pickups may make this one of the best defenses that the Jets have ever had.
In Week 1, the Jets will face the rival Buffalo Bills. The Bills are not slouches on offense. Nevertheless, they have had fits in recent years with the Jets defense. The Bills went five straight games against the Jets from 2009 to 2011 without scoring more than 14 points in regulation.
The Jets perhaps deserve to be ranked higher, but the defenses that follow keep them back at No. 4.