For two weeks now, the New York Jets defense has had terrible performances as it has allowed 346 rushing during the two-game skid. A statistic like that is rare for a Rex Ryan defense as the first time a rusher ran for more than 100 yards against the Jets during his first two years was Week 15 of last season when Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 100 yards exactly after a change a few days after the game.
This week, the Jets defense will go up against one of the toughest offenses, the New England Patriots. Tom Brady, Wes Welker and the nine other starters will be looking to redeem themselves and tear the New York defense to pieces after their embarrassing home playoff loss in the divisional round of the 2010 playoffs.
With injuries starting to take a toll and some faulty play, the Jets need to rebound this week against the Patriots if they still want a shot at making the playoffs. Here is the list of players that will be crucial on defense if the Jets want to make the proverbial 180-degree turnaround.
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