This Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will travel up to New Jersey to take on the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium. At a midway point for the season, this game is very important for a multitude of reasons. If New Orleans can go marching into Met Life Stadium and come away with a victory, they will improve to 7-1 ahead of some tough upcoming games against the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. The Jets, meanwhile, want to stay competitive in the AFC East and it would be in their best interests to not dip below the .5oo mark.
What is also important, however, is the rivalry inherent in siblings Rob Ryan and Rex Ryan.
Twin brothers of famed coach and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, Rob and Ryan both know defense and the game of football. Rob, however, has not had the best of luck against his twin and is 0-4 all time against Rex from his time as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys.
Rob likely has his best opportunity to beat his twin brother in what has been affectionately called the “Ryan Bowl.” Rex’s Jets are led by rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who has certainly had his ups and downs in his inaugural season. New York’s defense is pretty solid against the run ranking no. 3, but thankfully the Saints do not rely heavily on their running game as Drew Brees has already thrown for 2,290 yards this season. The Jets’ pass defense is a little more porous though, ranking No. 19 and bearing little resemblance to the secondary of year’s past.
No NFL game is ever a sure thing, but I’d like to think that New Orleans will be more than capable of marching out of New Jersey with their seventh victory of the season.