5 Keys To A New Orleans Saints Win Against New York Jets
Keys to a New Orleans Saints win over the New York Jets: 5 factors
After trouncing the Buffalo Bills last week, the New Orleans Saints take their show on the road to MetLife Stadium for a tilt against the New York Jets. This game is strength against strength, pitting the Saints high-octane offense against a top five Jets defense. And, of course, the game’s biggest subplot, the chess match between the Ryan brothers (Rex and Rob), two defensive masterminds.
Schematically, it will be interesting to watch what type of gameplan both brothers concoct to stop the other's offense. New York (4-4) is coming off of an embarrassing 40-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and are looking to put forth a better performance.
Saints head coach Sean Payton will assemble a gameplan to get his offensive playmakers into a groove. Quarterback Drew Brees will show patience, and take what the Jets' defense gives him. However, he will be aggressive, and take shots downfield.
Look for the Saints' offense to attack a Jets secondary that ranks 24th in pass defense, but also expect a commitment to the running game. Running backs Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson will be critical to keep a stingy Jets' defense honest.
If New Orleans expects to win, balance has to be the hallmark, and I expect the offense to use the run to set up play-action passes.
Defensively, New Orleans will pressure Jets quarterback Geno Smith. The rookie has played erratic, but shown flashes of brilliance. Rob Ryan is going to use a variety of formations to confuse and force Smith into mistakes. The key for New Orleans’ defense is to create turnovers, and favorable field position for Brees and the offense to operate.
If the Saints jump out to an early big lead, game over. New York doesn’t have an offense capable of playing from behind. This will be a hard-fought contest, but New Orleans will be too much on both sides of the ball for Rex and the Jets. Saints win 34-20, and here's why.
Khiry Robinson's Running
When Khiry Robinson gets the ball, good things happen. He's a dual-threat as both a runner and receiver. The Saints' offense can't get one-dimensional solely passing. They need to run, and Robinson (along with Pierre Thomas) can shoulder the load.
Saints defense has to force turnovers
New Orleans' defense forced three turnovers last week in a route of the Buffalo Bills. If they can duplicate this productivity against the Jets' offense, and limit them to less than 20 points, this will be a cakewalk.
Kenny Stills continuing his stellar play
Saints rookie Kenny Stills is balling. He's become a reliable target for Drew Brees, and is displaying big-play ability weekly. The Jets' defense will have their hands full trying to cover all of the Saints weapons. Stills is likely to see single coverage, and will exploit New York's secondary.
Limiting Geno Smith's playmaking
Jets quarterback Geno Smith has played erratic, but shown flashes of brilliance. He's turned the ball over at an alarming rate, but has led four game-winning drives. Smith is dangerous in and out of the pocket. The Saints defense has struggled at times with mobile quarterbacks. Smith can create problems for New Orleans' defense if they don't force him into mistakes.
Drew Brees continues to play at an MVP level
All Brees needs to do Sunday is avoid mistakes, and dominate the Jets' defense with his arm. Brees wants to score at will to force New York to play from behind.