There’s been a consistent trend to this Jets season. After every loss, the team has come back and gotten a win, and after every win, the team comes back the next week with a loss.
After an old-fashinoed beat down by the Bengals last week, the Jets continued that trend with a huge 26-20 win over the Saints to improve to 5-4 on the season entering the teams bye week. Jets coach Rex Ryan now improves to 5-0 in games against his brother Rob, the defensive coordinator for the Saints.
In his first game against his former team, Chris Ivory was an absolute beast. Ivory ran for 139 yards and the Saints had no answer for him all game.
Aside from a rushing touchdown before the end of the first half, Geno Smith didn’t do much. The one thing he did do though was he didn’t turn the ball over while Drew Brees threw 2 interceptions.
Winning the turnover battle is crucial, especially against a team like the Saints, and Marty Mornhinweg made sure Geno took care of the football.
Early on, it appeared the Saints were about to run away with the game. Two Jimmy Graham touchdowns in the first quarter and a half put New Orleans up 14-6, and the Jets offense hadn’t produced much of anything up to that point.
Then the Jets put together a great 8-play 61-yard drive capped off by a Chris Ivory touchdown to cut the Saints lead to one. On the next Saints possession, Drew Brees was picked off by Antonio Cromartie and the Jets got the ball back at the Saints 39-yard line.
Five plays later, Geno Smith ran it in from 3-yards out and the Jets went into the break up 20-14. Both teams exchanged field goals as the game headed into the 4th quarter.
Early in the 4th, with New York up 26-17, the Saints had a 4th and 1 from the Jets 36-yard line. Sean Payton then called a questionable end around to tight end Josh Hill that was snubbed out by Quinton Coples giving the ball back to the Jets.
Geno Smith and company couldn’t put together much the rest of the way, and the Saints got the ball back with 1:58 with a chance to win the game.
Rex Ryan’s defense however, would have none of it. The Saints went 3 and out and the Jets held on for the win.
Drew Brees threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jimmy Graham in the first half. With the loss, the Saints drop to 6-2 on the season with a prime time matchup against the Cowboys coming up next week.
**In unfortunate news for the Jets, the team is fearing Jeremy Kerely could be done for the season with an elbow subluxation.