What's Right and What's Wrong with New York Jets After First Quarter of Season

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What's Right and What's Wrong with New York Jets After First Quarter of Season
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
Jets' GM John Idzik at the preseason game against the Giants

The first quarter of the 2013 NFL season has revealed the New York Jets' greatest enemy; themselves.

They've been competitive in every game. Even their 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans was far closer than the score indicated. Take a look at these statistics:

  • First downs: Jets 16, Titans 17
  • Running/passing plays from scrimmage: Jets 62, Titans 65
  • Net rushing yards: Jets 91, Titans 78
  • Net yards passing: Jets 239, Titans 244
  • Total net yards: Jets 330, Titans 324
  • Net punting average: Jets 41.8, Titans 40.9
  • Time of possession: Jets 29:22, Titans 30:38

Undoubtedly, the Titans statistics reflect quarterback Jake Locker's early second-half exit. But they're not the statistics that decided the game. Here they are:

  • Penalties: Jets 10 for 66 yards, Titans 4 for 30 yards
  • Turnovers: Jets 4, Titans 0
  • Points from Turnovers: Jets 0, Titans 28

It's a classic case of a team beating itself.

The Jets' loss to the Patriots in Foxborough was similar, if less dramatic. Quarterback Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, one with 38 seconds remaining. None of them resulted in Patriots' scores. However, it was a 13-10 game by then. Those turnovers cost the Jets opportunities to tie or win.

But if all the Jets did was turn over the ball and commit penalties, they'd be 0-4. They've made significant progress as a team to be .500.

It's time to celebrate that progress while acknowledging the work that remains to do as the Jets continue their return to respectability.

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