TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Weather: High 55, Low 36
Line: New Orleans (-6)
It looks like the New Orleans Saints are once again contenders in the NFC after a 6-1 start to the season and many players in mid-season form. The Saints have been one of the surprises in the league this season not just because of their record, but the way they have looked so solid game in and game out. They are just a final drive away from being 7-0 on the year, but Drew Brees and crew will be content with a one-loss mark. Brees has passed for 2,290 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season, connecting with tight end Jimmy Graham a team-high 40 times for another team-high 630 yards and Graham caps off the team-leading numbers with eight receiving scores. These two have been nearly unstoppable this season and Graham has been a big reason as to why the Saints have the third-best passing offense in the league. The run game, however, ranks 25th in the league and is nearly non-existent.
Coming off a tough blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets avoided looking at film and are trying to forget the beat-down that they took at the hands of one of the best AFC teams out there. The Jets dropped to 4-4 on the year, but rookie quarterback Geno Smith has seemingly been the surprise of the season thus far. He came into a bad situation and has made the best of it, passing for 1,882 yards and eight touchdowns with a slightly-unknown receiving corps. Jeremy Kerley leads the team with 346 yards and two touchdowns while Stephen Hill is close behind with 34 yards and a score. Bilal Powell has been solid for the 13th-best rushing offense in the league, picking up 385 yards and a touchdown on 100 season carries.
Defensively, the Jets have a hard time keeping teams from scoring points as they rank 23rd in the league in points allowed per game — mostly due to a 49-9 thrashing they suffered a week ago. However, the hard-nosed defense ranks sixth in total yards, including the top overall run-stopping defense in the NFL. New Orleans, like the overall team, has been improved on the defensive side of the ball, ranking fourth in points allowed per game and 12th in total yards allowed. However, they rank a below-average 20th in rushing yards allowed per game. Not many rushing yards to be had in this contest.
PREDICTION: Saints 34, Jets 24