Jets top Saints 26-20, continue win-lose-win trend
The New York Jets’ roller-coaster season has been predictably up
Win one week, lose the next.
It’s a trend that has been strange and inexplicable. So, when
the Jets pulled off a 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints on
Sunday, they were just sticking to the script. Anyone could have
seen this one coming, right?
”We embrace the challenges, this team,” tight end Konrad
Reuland said. ”We truly believe we can beat any team we line up
As long as it’s an odd-numbered week, of course. The Jets are
5-0 in those games, and 0-4 in even-numbered weeks.
Next up in Week 10 for the Jets: the bye week.
”This just in, we’ve been win one, lose one, win one, lose one
the whole season,” coach Rex Ryan said. ”We’re going to lose to
the bye week, there’s no question in my mind. I’ll tell you that
”Hopefully, we’ll get back around, but we’re going to lose that
All kidding aside, the Jets (5-4) have moved into the playoff
conversation despite alternating wins and losses. They tied the
2005 New England Patriots for the longest such string to begin a
season, according to STATS.
After losing 49-9 to Cincinnati a week ago, Chris Ivory ran for
139 yards and a touchdown against his former team, New York had
seven plays of at least 19 yards, and Ryan’s defense held Drew
Brees and the high-scoring Saints to six points in the second
”I don’t want to take away from the Jets,” Saints linebacker
Jonathan Vilma said. ”They did a very good job and deserved to win
Interceptions by Demario Davis and Antonio Cromartie and a
fourth-and-inches stop highlighted New York’s solid defensive
performance against the Saints (6-2). Nick Folk remained perfect
this season by kicking four field goals, and rookie quarterback
Geno Smith had no turnovers for just the second time.
”The way that we played last week, I don’t think that is
reflective of the type of team that we are,” Smith said.
Here are five things to know from the Jets’ stunner over the
SLIGHT BREES: The Jets’ defense made it an uncommonly tough day
for Brees and the Saints.
Brees was 30 of 51 for 382 yards with two TDs to Jimmy Graham,
but was also intercepted by Demario Davis and Antonio Cromartie and
sacked twice. The Saints seemed out of sync for much of the game,
using all three first-half timeouts on offense in the opening
It didn’t help that Marques Colston (knee) didn’t play, and
versatile running back Darren Sproles (concussion) left in the
”We hit on some good plays and put together some good drives
(early on), but overall, there were times we shot ourselves in the
foot,” Brees said. ”They would get good pressure or get us off
STAND-INS: Who were those guys making plays for the Jets on
Santonio Holmes (hamstring), Jeff Cumberland (concussion) and
Kellen Winslow (suspension) were out, and Jeremy Kerley left in the
second quarter with a possibly serious left elbow injury. The
leading receivers were: Greg Salas (two catches for 57 yards), Zach
Sudfeld (2 for 46), Josh Cribbs (2 for 6) and David Nelson (1 for
19) – none of whom were on the roster as of a few weeks ago.
”Those guys stepped up to the plate,” Smith said, ”and did a
tremendous job for us.”
MOTIVATED IVORY: The Jets’ running back downplayed going against
his former team for the first time.
But he showed a little extra burst while plowing through the
Ivory dealt with hamstring issues in the summer and earlier in
the season, and was surpassed by Bilal Powell as the No. 1 back.
After showing nice speed on three long runs, including a 52-yarder,
Ivory might have established himself as the Jets’ go-to guy.
”We know if he’s healthy, this young man has the ability to be
a punch-you-in-the-face type of back,” Ryan said.
SIBLING RIVALRY: With their father Buddy watching at MetLife
Stadium, the Ryan twins – Rex and Rob – went up against each
And, Rex came out on top again.
”All right, I beat my brother again,” Ryan opened his news
conference. ”Just kidding.”
Well, Rob probably wasn’t laughing. The Saints’ defensive
coordinator fell to 3-7 against him and 0-3 since Rex took over as
coach of the Jets.
FOLK HERO: The Jets’ kicker improved to 23 for 23 on field-goal
attempts, moving him one away from Jay Feely’s team record for
Folk converted from 39, 21, 47 and 45 yards, the fifth time in
his career he has made four or more field goals, and third time
with the Jets.
”He’s been automatic for us,” Reuland said. ”That’s a huge
weapon to know every time he walks out on the field, we have three
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