Lack Of Turnovers Key To New York Jets' Victory Over New Orleans Saints

By Steven Carollo
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The New York Jets have been a team this season that has only won games on odd-numbered weeks. All of the even numbered weeks have resulted in losses. It’s very Jekyll and Hyde-like to say the least as their inconsistency has been nothing short of mind-boggling this season.

Well, it was Week 9 this week as the Jets were playing a very good New Orleans Saints team who came into the game with only one loss. They left with two as the Jets’ shenanigans continued for yet another week.

How can the Jets get embarrassed by a slightly-above-average Cincinnati Bengals team 49-9, and then beat one of the best teams in the NFC 26-20? I just don’t get it and maybe I never will. What I do get however, is how the Jets won the game: 0 turnovers.

This is something that has plagued them in every even-numbered week. No turnovers against a revamped Saints’ defense, with Jets head coach Rex Ryan‘s brother Rob Ryan calling the plays, is very impressive to say the least.

This is a defense that has made life difficult on opposing quarterbacks all season and has forced nine interceptions on the year so far. For the Jets to establish the running game, allow rookie quarterback Geno Smith feel comfortable in the pocket and making no mistakes is absolutely amazing, especially considering that the Jets’ defense forced elite quarterback Drew Brees to throw two interceptions and only allowed 20 points to a high-powered Saints offense.

But hey, it’s the Jekyll and Hyde Jets. Luckily for New York, Week 10 is a bye week for them, so the team can feel just fine losing to no one and then getting back to work in Week 11.

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