Week 9: vs. New Orleans Saints
Geno Smith went 8 for 19 (42%), 115 yards, as well as, rushing 6 times for 88 yards and a TD. Chris Ivory led the way on the ground with 139 rushing yards on 18 carries. Geno’s two favorite targets in Week 9 were Greg Salas (2 rec, 57 yards on 3 targets) and Zach Sudfeld (2 rec, 46 yards on 4 targets). One of Sudfeld’s receptions was from Josh Cribbs, a 25 yard pass out of the wildcat.
The defense allowed 382 passing yards (the most all season) but only 41 rushing yards. The passing yards allowed, makes it seem like the defense played terrible. This was not the case, as the Jets defense intercepted Brees twice, sacked him twice, and snap after snap, left Brees feeling rushed or laying on his back. This includes Josh Bush’s incredible hit on Brees that was wrongfully called a roughing the passer penalty.
The defensive standouts for Week 9 are David Harris (10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss) and Dee Milliner (6 tackles, 1 pass defended). Milliner really stepped up his game this week, playing outstanding defense all afternoon. Mo Wilkerson continues to be a terror in the trenches, collecting a sack in his last 5 games. I would be doing him and all of you readers a dishonor by not mentioning how tremendous Damon “Snacks” Harrison has been playing all year, especially this week. “Snacks” had 3 tackles, but was closing up all the running holes and helping pressure Brees all game.
Geno played decent this week, while not turning the ball over, he only passed for 115 yards on a 42% completion percentage. Geno posted a QBR of 14.8, good for 2 worst in the NFL this week. This is a discredit to him, as he did what was working for the team: running the football. This brings the Jets record to 5-4 (2-1 AFC East). Smith dropped his total QBR for the season down to 30.4 which is 31st in the NFL.
Nick Folk is still perfect (23 for 23) on the season in his FG tries.
My Take: Unlike last week, the Jets came to play on Sunday. The Jets turned to the running game this week. They torched the Saints defense for 198 total rushing yards. Chris Ivory was playing with a chip on his shoulder against his former teammates. He was causing all kinds of trouble for that defense. It was almost like he has run against them hundreds of times before. Oh wait. Between the defense and the running game, it was too much for the Saints to handle this week. As Damon “Snacks” Harrison said, it was a great team win.
Great team win!!! MetLife was amazing today u guys really made a big difference!! Thanks for the love #JetNation u guys deserve this win!!— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) November 3, 2013