The Jets O-Line has been successful run blocking (11th – 124.3 ypg), however, their pass blocking leaves something to be desired. Whether it is the rookies fault, or the line’s fault, or a little bit of both, the facts are that the Jets have allowed 25 sacks in 7 games. Not a stat you want to see if you are a Jets fan (or QB) and you are facing a defensive line featuring Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson. The Bengals O-Line on the other hand, has been average at run blocking (18th – 102.7) and pretty good protecting Dalton (15 sacks – only 8 teams have yielded less).
While the Jets are 3rd in the league with 24 sacks, only 10.0 of those have come from the D-Line (6.5 from Wilkerson). The Bengals, on the other hand, have statistically had a slow start to the year (18 sacks – T-16th), however, the disappointing sacks numbers are more the result of teams mass protecting their QBs and throwing quick routes to get the ball out of the QBs hands quick – thereby neutralizing the Bengals strong pass rush. As a result, the Bengals are top 5 in the NFL in pass ypa, 13th in ypg, 13th in opposing QB rating and 5th in opposing QB completion %. And, of the 18 team sacks, 15.5 have come from the D-Line.