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Jets defense playing unheralded role in team’s offensive breakout


Credit for the Jets offense’s recent breakthrough can be divided up among Adam Gase, Sam Darnold, the running backs, the pass catchers and the blockers.

Just make sure to save room for the Jets defense.

The Jets rank No. 13 in the NFL in total defense, including tops against the run after stifling the Giants’ Saquon Barkley and the Redskins’ Adrian Peterson-Derrius Guice combination in back-to-back wins.

But their performance has been overshadowed by the rise of the offense.

“The offense is rolling,” defensive tackle Steve McLendon said after the Jets jumped out to a 31-point lead in a 34-17 win Sunday.