The Jets have their work cut out for them as Drew Brees and the Saints roll into Metlife on Sunday. The Jets are coming off a road lashing at the hands of the Bengals. The Saints are coming off a 35-17 beatdown of the Bills.
Let’s get into the matchup.
Shooting The Brees
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is having a terrific season. He threw 5 touchdown passes against the Bills last week, bringing his 8 week total to 19. He’s averaging 286 yards through the air per game. The Jets secondary will need to be on their toes against Brees if the Jets want to have any chance at success on Sunday.
Pick Your Poison
Another reason for Brees’ success is the plethora of weapons at his disposal. Rookies Nick Toon and Kenny Stills are emerging as quality go-to guys for Brees. Lance Moore seems a threat to score week-in and week-out. Marques Colston only has 1 touchdown this season but he’s not their big play receiver. He’s their possession receiver.
Then, of course there is that one tight end they have. I forget his name. Oh yeah. Jimmy Graham. Jimmy Graham is playing what was described as a partial tear of his plantar fascia. For Graham, regardless of health, if he’s on the field, he’s a threat.
The Jets are ranked 13th in the league in rushing and the Saints are ranked 20th in the league in rush defense. If Gang Green hopes to get any sort of momentum on Sunday, it will be courtesy of the rush. That includes Geno Smith. Bilal Powell and Ivory have 1 TD between them (Powell) with Geno Smith alone having 2 rushing touchdowns. They will need an effective run game early which will open up the play-action passing game for Smith.
It’ll also be key in sustaining long drives against the Saints…in order to keep that Brees guy off the field.
Let’s be honest. The Jets offensive line is playing poorly this year. D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold aren’t playing up to their contracts at this point. The Jets line have given up 29 sacks on the season. Tied for second worst in the league. Only the Miami Dolphins are worst right now. It’s definitely an area of concern for the Jets. If their line doesn’t hold up, whether it’s the run game or passing game, it won’t matter much.
Break It Up
The Jets need a win this week in the worst way. They would be heading into their week 10 bye week with a 5-4 record and a legitimate shot at the AFC Wild Card, especially given their 2nd half schedule eases up a bit. Weeks 5-9 were predictably tough and the Jets coming out with an above .500 record would make any Jets fan ecstatic.
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