The New York Jets headed into Sunday’s game as underdogs as the high-powered New Orleans Saints appeared to be the more talented team on paper. Well as the Jets continue to prove all year long the games are not played on paper as Gang Green shocked the Saints 26-20. The victory moved the Jets to 5-4 on the season and into the playoff conversation as the team heads into the bye week.
Physical line play- The Jets offensive line returned to their ground and pound roots as they played extremely physical in the trenches. The line as a whole did a tremendous job as they help guide the Jets to 198 rushing yards.
Ivory ignites the O- Running back Chris Ivory exploded on Sunday as he ran for 139 yards and a touchdown. Ivory, playing against his former team for the first time, was explosive and physical and displayed of the style of running that Jets fans have been clamoring for.
Salas and Sudfeld pitch in- The Jets entered the game with a patched up receiving group and that problem was furthered when Jeremy Kerley left with an injured elbow. All of the receivers and tight ends pitched in to make plays on Sunday including recently acquired Greg Salas and Zach Sudfeld. Both of these guys made huge plays that kept the Jets offense rolling and Drew Brees off of the field.
Marty ball- Once again offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg came up with an excellent game plan for Gang Green. The Jets attacked an average run defense and wore the unit out as the game went along. Marty used a variety of formations to keep the defense off balance and did not force the issue with the passing game. It is evident that Mornhinweg is maximizing his resources on offense and that is all you can ask for when dealing with so many injuries.
Wilkerson dominates- Mo Wilkerson was tremendous on Sunday generating consistent pressure on Drew Brees. Wilkerson, who tallied his team leading 8th sack, is arguably one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Note: Mo has now recorded a sack in 5 consecutive games.
Turnovers- The Jets defense finally generated some turnovers as they had 2 key interceptions. Demario Davis got his first career interception which led to a field goal while Antonio Cromartie’s pick was converted into a touchdown.
Secondary stays tough- The much maligned Jets secondary held their own Sunday as they made enough plays to slow down the Saints offense . The unit did give up 382 passing yards but played very aggressive and physical especially on third down.
Front seven remains aggressive- One of the biggest factors in the Jets win was the constant pressure the front seven was generating. The Jets had linebackers and ends flying all over the place which completely disrupted the Saints air attack. Solid games from Damon Harrison, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson, and David Harris.
He Folked it- Nick Folk is having a career year as he made four more kicks while remaining perfect on the season 23/23. Folk has become a weapon for Rex Ryan.
Cribbs consistent- Josh Cribbs is emerging as the return man that the Jets desperately needed. Cribbs is a reliable return guy with a chance to break a big play when given the chance. Josh’s 42-yard kickoff return gave the team a huge boost.
This was a tremendous team victory for the Jets as every player on the team contributed. New York was battered and bruised yet guys kept stepping up to make plays. You got to give a ton of credit to Rex Ryan and his coaching staff for having his team prepared, motivated, and hungry for victory.