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Saints vs Jets game notes

Deke Bellavia
December 14, 2017 - 5:51 pm

New Orleans Saints vs New York Jets

Sunday December 17, 2017  

Noon Kickoff Mercedes-Benz Superdome  


Last Week’s Results:  Denver beat New York 23-0, and New Orleans lost to Atlanta 20-17. 

Series History:  The Saints and Jets have met 12 times before with each team winning six games.  The last meeting took place back in 2013 in New York with the Jets beating the Saints 26-20. 


New York Jets   

Division:  AFC East   

2017 Record:  5-8

Head Coach:  Todd Bowles     

Defensive Coordinator:  Kacy Rodgers

Offensive Coordinator:  John Morton   

Top Offensive Players: RB Matt Forte, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Defensive Standouts: DLMohammed Wilkerson, DL Leonard Williams DB Jamal Adams, LB Darron Lee  

Special Teams: K Chandler Catanzaro, P Lac Edwards, PR/KR Jo Jo Natson


Saints Offense versus Jets Defense

The Jets have a lot of talent on the defensive side of the football.  But New York has not played a stretch of consistent defense this season.  NY allows 116.9 rushing yards per game and 230.4 passing yards per game.  New York ranks 21st in total defense and they allow 23.9 points per game. 

The Jets have faced some solid offensive teams this season, most notably New England, Atlanta, Kansas City and Carolina.  Now, with the Saints Offense up next, it’s safe to say that the New York Defense has their hands full again with the #1 offense in the NFL.

The Jets will find out soon how balanced the Saints Offense is and if the Saints can maintain the balance of rushing and passing the football that would bode well for the Black and Gold’s chances of picking up their 10th win of the season.

I look for the Jets to try and test the Saints improved rushing attack with RB’s Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara not fully healthy.  In past meetings the Jets pass rush has been difficult for the Saints to handle.

Even though the Jets have one of the best D-Line’s in the NFL, they haven't produced their usual number of QB sacks.  Entering Sunday’s game at New Orleans the Jets have tallied a total of 22 sacks which is 22nd in the NFL.

Leonard Williams is not having the type of season he did the last two years in which he was named the Jets MVP for his play.  Williams and Mohammed Wilkerson still are considered two of the best pass rushing D-Linemen in the NFL, and you can best believe they have the Saints full attention.

No need to make things complicated here.  The Saints need to do what they have been doing on offense, don’t give the Jets any extra possessions, and maintain their offensive balance in rushing and passing the football and they should have solid success against this defense.


Jets Offense versus Saints Defense

The Saints defense gets yet another pre-kickoff break in the form of facing a team without their top signal caller.  Starting QB Josh McCown suffered a broken hand in the Jets 0-23 loss to the Denver Broncos last week and he’s out.  That means Bryce Petty will handle the QB duties for the Jets.

Petty has played in seven games as a pro with five games as a starter.  Petty’s numbers show that he has completed 75-of-133 pass attempts for 809 yards.  With Petty being in the line-up I would suspect that the Jets will call on their RB tandem of Forte and Powell more often than they would have had McCown been able to play.

Bilal Powell leads the Jets in rushing this season with 537 yards.  Powell was quite impressive against one of the league’s best defensive units as he rushed for a career high 163 yards and a TD in the Jets OT win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Then there is the solid, reliable and always dependable Matt Forte.  Forte is a true professional that is in his 10th season in the NFL.  I would guess that returning to the place where he played college football at Tulane makes him excited about playing once again in the Superdome.

To me the best Jets weapon on offense is WR Robby Anderson.  Anderson is quietly one of the best young Wide Receivers in the NFL.  Anderson is in his second season out of Temple and he leads the Jets with 52 grabs for 848 yards and seven TDs. 

Also, keep an eye on another Louisiana product in RB Elijah McGuire.  McGuire has played in all 13 games for the Jets and he has rushed for 297 yards.  Simply put the Jets offense is not bad, but with a new guy in at QB, and being on the road in a loud environment, I think the Jets are going to lean on their run game, which they figure gives them the best chance to hang around and have a chance to steal one on the road. 


The Big Chief Says

It’s a three game season for the Saints.  Win all three and the Black and Gold will be one of the top four seeds and host a first round playoff game.  If the Saints win that may be enough for them to enhance their position and who knows maybe, just maybe, with some help the Black and Gold can earn a first round bye?  Hey it’s not likely but stranger things have happened before.

New Orleans wants to win this game and put the Jets away as soon as they can.  Make no bones about it the Saints want to use every second they can to think about and focus on the next game and that is against Atlanta on Christmas eve.  The sooner the Saints put the Jets to sleep the sooner they can give all their attention to the Dirty Birds.

I look for the Saints to come out focused and ready to play a crisp, clean game.  A 3-0 finish and playing good sound football will only make the Saints that much more of a legit contender in the NFC this post season.

Now the Jets are no punks, this team is physical and they can beat anyone they play.  The Saints know that, they respect their opponent and that is why I think the Saints will play well.  I like the Saints to roll and then get ready to build up one of the most exciting home games in a while. 

I’ll go with the Black and Gold and say New Orleans 27  New York Jets 13



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