To that end, they performed with stunning efficiency. They stopped Arizona on all 15 of its third-down opportunities and held the Cardinals to 137 net yards while McElroy provided a needed spark in a 7-6 victory.No one is going to say that Ryan Lindley doesn't have a lot of room for improvement, but even if he didn't light it up against the Jets, the fact that the Jets defense had that sort of a game has to be mentioned. The Jets defense played great and the fact that they were able to hold an opponent to an oh-fer on third down is insane.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a game where we held the opposition to 0 for 15 on third down,” said linebacker David Harris, who is in his sixth season. “That was huge for us.”
The Jets weren't exactly laying a beating on the Cardinals, but the sheer fact that the defense played so well helped keep them in the game and eventually win it.