While the brother versus brother storyline dominated the week leading up to the Jets-Saints matchup, another storyline has been brewing in the background. Jets running back Chris Ivory was facing his former team for the first time since being traded to Gang Green and found a way to stick it to his former teammates. He ran for over 100 yards and a score and showed that he could be an every down back.
Rex Ryan showed his brother Rob that he was the superior mind when it comes to defense. Defeating Rob for the seventh time in ten tries, the enigmatic Jets coach rode his defense to victory. The Jets defense limited Drew Brees and the explosive Saints offense to just six points in the second half and intercepted the former Super Bowl MVP twice.
The Jets Beat brings you the Greats and Goats of Week 9
Second half defense
- The real reason that the Jets were able to win was their defensive effort after the half. Limiting Drew Brees from utilizing his favorite weapons, the Jets were able to limit the Saints to just two field goals and 173 yards total offense. They were able to stop the run game as the Saints quickly gave up on rushing, only doing so a season-low 13 times.
- The reliable Jets kicker booted four field goals during the game, keeping him perfect on the season. His four field goals included two from beyond 40 yards and one right at the cusp.
- The former Saints back couldn't have chosen a better time to have his best game of the year. Ivory ran all over the Saints throughout the day, often times securing eight yards before being touched. He finished the game with 139 yards on 18 carries. He also ran for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Secondary's coverage on Jimmy Graham
- If the Jets defense ever had a weakness, it's on covering athletic tight ends. Two weeks ago, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught for over 100 yards against the Jets. This week, the secondary had similar problems guarding Graham. The Saints tight end finished the day with nine catches for 116 yards and two scores, literally dragging the safety over the goal line on one of them.