Final Score: Jets 26 – Saints 20

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NFL: New Orleans Saints at New York Jets

The Jets came out strong against the Saints running for 198 yards as a team on 36 carries and getting two interceptions of Drew Brees in a upset victory, sending the Jets to 5-4 as they head into the bye and putting the Saints at 6-2 still atop the NFC South.

While Drew Brees threw for 392 yards, the Jets defense held Drew Brees and the Saints to just 20 points, a full eight points below their season average coming into the game.

Geno Smith had a steady game, relying on the run and going 8/19 for a total of 115 passing yards along with 18 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.  More importantly, Smith didn’t turn the ball over once.

Playing against his old team, Chris Ivory was a key to the Jets win, running for 139 yards on just 18 carries, good for a 7.7 YPC average.  Ivory was also the first player to get into the end zone in the game.

Jimmy Graham was able to catch nine passes for 116 yards with two touchdowns, but his effort was not enough to assure a Saints win.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

After a dizzying low a week ago against the Bengals, the Jets showed resilience, beating their second division leading team in three weeks.  Heading into the season the PIT/NE/CIN/NO stretch looked to be the toughest part of the schedule.  Going 2/2 in that portion of the schedule has to be taken into account as the Jets head into a much more favorable seven game schedule after their bye.

BIG credit to the fans in the stands.  Fans were loud all day and coupled with a solid defense, the loudness and defense seemed to frustrate Drew Brees all game long.

The Jets defense was stifling today.  Aside from only allowing 41 yards on the ground the Jets defensed seven passes, had four tackles for loss, hit the quarterback six times and sacked Brees at two crucial moments late in the game.  Brees might have thrown for 392 yards, but it was one of the most uncomfortable 392 yard games from a quarterback I’ve seen in a while.

Even though the Jets barely won the time of possession battle, Chris Ivory was a big reason why the Jets won the game.  Ivory’s ability to make big gains when he touched the ball was important to getting the Jets in scoring position and keeping Drew Brees and the Saints offense off the field.

We know that Rex Ryan brought in Marty Mornhinweg to move away from the ground and pound mentality, but with a quarterback still looking to establish himself in the league and paired with a good defense, the Jets did the right thing today in running it as much as they did.  Run defense has been the Achilles heel of this Saints team and If there was a way to beat New Orleans, it was to run the ball well against them while turning the ball over on defense.  Without some of Drew Brees’ top options, the Jets stuck to the right gameplan and were able to get the better of a very good Saints team.

Rex Ryan and Geno Smith discuss the Jets’ win over the Saints