Arguably the NFC’s best team, the New Orleans Saints, were stunned today when they lost to the New York Jets in Metlife Stadium 26-20. Not only did the Jets beat the Saints, but they literally beat the team up. The Jets defensive line dominated the offensive line of the Saints and pressured Drew Brees like no team has this season. Although they only recorded two sacks for 19 yards, the Jets recorded six QB hits and the increased pressure led to the two interceptions Bress threw. Although the Jets defense allowed Brees to throw for 382 yards, they completely shut down the Saints rushers, holding them to only 42 yards on the game, and they came up with critical stops on third down, holding the Saints to 3 for 11.
As for the Jets offense, Geno Smith only completed 8 of his 19 pass attempts, but he didn’t need to throw well since the Jets were able to run all over the Saints defense, tallying nearly 200 rushing yards and two rushing TDs. It is worth noting that the two top receivers today for the Jets were former New England Patriots that were cut, Greg Salas and Zach Sudfeld. Anchoring the Jets offense is kicker Nick Folk, who hasn’t missed a single field goal this year and nailed four through the posts this afternoon. WR Jeremy Kerley left the game with an injury in the second quarter, which could seriously hurt the Jets when they play a team that can shut down their rushing attack, forcing them to pass to more inexperienced receivers.