Let’s focus on one area where these Jets are incredibly poor: converting takeout to points. The Jets are the opposite of opportunism.
The Jets defense has forced 16 takeouts this season – nine interceptions and seven fumbles. The Jets scored 35 points on these takeaways. Six of those points were scored by the defense on a Pierre Desir pick-six. The offense has scored just two touchdowns and five field goals.
Turnovers should be games that shift momentum towards the winning team. Many trainers like to take a deep shot right after a takeout. These situations are called “sudden change” by football coaches. When the Jets get a takeaway, the question is whether they will pass or miss the basket.
Against the Seahawks on Sunday, Marcus Maye made an acrobatic interception in the first quarter, taking the ball into the end zone. If the Jets had a chance against Seattle’s top team, they had to take advantage. Instead, they ended up doing punting.
The Jets haven’t had a big strike after year-round turnover. The two touchdowns they scored both rushed.
It’s far from the Jets’ biggest problem, but the Jets are almost always a less talented team than their opponent. The only way they can win most weeks is to limit their mistakes and capitalize when the other team makes one. That’s something the Jets haven’t done all year and that’s a big reason they haven’t won a game.