Calvin Pace Frustrated with New York Jets Offense, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IDecember 18, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Holding an opponent to 14 points is usually a good way to give your team a better chance to win.

Not if you're the New York Jets.

The defense has played well at times this year, but not well enough to overcome the trials of one of the league's worst offensive attacks, and it's beginning to wear on the Jets defense.

"Story of our season. Shooting yourself in the foot, over and over and over again," Pace told the New York Daily News. "I don't care who you're playing, you can't beat anybody if you turn the ball over five times."

Turns out you can almost beat someone with four turnovers, as the Jets had a chance to win after a horrible punt gave them outstanding field position at the 25-yard line in a four-point game, but the Jets' fifth turnover of the night—a botched snap that somehow made the now-infamous buttfumble look tame—was the tipping point. 

It was Mark Sanchez's first four-interception game since his rookie season, but that's not the worst of it. The Jets turned the ball over multiple times for the 10th time this year, tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the most in the league. it was the second time in four games the Jets turned the ball over five times.

On Monday night, Sanchez was responsible for all of them.

It was also the sixth time this year the Jets have scored 10 or fewer points.

The defense wasn't without their mistakes, such as allowing Titans running back Chris Johnson to scamper 94 yards nearly untouched, but it's clear which side of the ball made the most mistakes. The margin for error is so small, and it's put a lot of pressure on the defense.

"It's nerve-racking," said Pace. 

Here's some more news from around the AFC East. 


New England Patriots

Bleacher Report featured columnist Alen Dumonjic breaks down how the Patriots offense shredded the 49ers defense late in Sunday's loss.

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe writes that the Patriots defense has a lot to learn from their loss to the 49ers.


Miami Dolphins

Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins struggles at wide receiver are primarily a result of the team's lack of experience at the position.

According to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to impress his coaches with his growth.


New York Jets

Joe Caporoso of called the Jets loss to the Titans "embarrassing," but says that two straight seasons out of the playoffs could bring along some much-needed changes.

Neil Best of Newsday writes that the final play of the game—a botched snap by Sanchez—was a fitting end to the Jets' playoff hopes.


Buffalo Bills 

According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, no team has more 1,000-yard rushers in its history than the Bills, who have had a dozen of them.

Howard Simon of WGR 550 SportsRadio shares the thoughts of Bills head coach Chan Gailey, who says he thought the team had turned a corner on getting blown out like they were by the Seahawks.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.