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Stat check: The Leonhard factor

For the second straight year, the Jets will make a stretch run without dependable S Jim Leonhard (season-ending knee surgery). A year ago, their defensive efficiency slipped without Leonhard. John Choi and John Parolin, of ESPN Stats & Information, provide a breakdown of how they fared with and without Leonhard last season.

Category --- Wk 1-12 --- Wk 13-17

Pass att per TD ... 25.9 ... 15.9

Rush per TD ........ 46.7 ... 25.6

Opp PPG .............. 17.0 ... 23.4

W-L ........................ 9-2 .... 2-3

Leonhard also had a big impact on the Jets’ pass defense against throws downfield. Before Leonhard’s injury, they allowed the lowest completion percentage and yards-per-attempt on throws 15+ yards in the league. After the injury, the Jets ranked 20th in completion percentage and 12th in yards-per-attempt over the last five weeks of the season.

Throws 15+ Yards Downfield

Category --- Wk 1-12 --- Wk 13-17

Comp pct ... 28.6* ..... 41.5

Yds/att ...... 7.4* ......... 9.2

Att/TD ....... 22.4* ...... 13.7

Passer rtg 54.0* ....... 79.2

*Lowest in NFL