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Third Quarter: Jets Winning War of Attrition


If you're a lover of defensive football, this is the game for you. However, as an exhibition of offensive football, this game through three quarters has been a little rough on the eyes, as the Jets lead 7-3.

The score has not changed since the first quarter.

The FOX broadcast posted a statistic that the Jets have gone 30 straight possessions without yielding a touchdown. The way things are going, the Falcons are going to have a tough time snapping that. Jason Snelling was stopped on third-and-1 at the Atlanta 32 early in the quarter.

And that running game will go without the services of Michael Turner "Michael Turner (American football)"). Laura Okmin reported from the Falcons' sideline that Turner will not return after rolling on the ankle that has plagued him for weeks in the first quarter.

FOX broadcaster Dick Stockton put it simply, "The Jets defense has dominated this game." He also called the performance "spectacular." The Falcons are on a pace for their lowest offensive output of the season with their three points. They have only 124 yards total offense in the game.

Matt Ryan has completed 7 of 20 passes (35 percent) for 64 yards for a 44.6 rating. The fewest completions he has thrown in his career are nine, in his debut last season, but he only had 13 attempts. His lowest quarterback rating came in his second game, 29.6. And his lowest completion percentage also came in that game, 39.4 (13 of 33). This year, his fewest completions are 17.

But they only need one play -- as the Jets proved -- to win.


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