OK folks, here it is, Week 9 — right before the bye. The New York Jets host the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium Sunday with kickoff at 1:05 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service here’s what both teams will be facing weather wise:
“Sunny, with a high near 55.”
Weather wise, both teams are going to be on equal footing. And the weather is going to be nice for November so the cold shouldn’t be a factor.
I know it’s said time and time again, but when it comes to the Jets, but a lot of this game is going to hinge on if Geno Smith can have selective memory.
Let’s just face it, last week’s game with the Bengals, was an unmitigated disaster. Smith was 20 for 30 for 159 yards and two interceptions. Nothing on offense worked. So to put it in simplistic terms, the offense needs to get its mojo back. And yes, Smith needs to play better, but for the offense to play better, it starts with the offensive line. The entire New York Jets offensive line got no push at the point of attack what so ever. And as you all saw, the running game suffered tremendously (95-yards combined between five guys, two of which were the QBs). The receivers didn’t do too much either outside of David Nelson (80-yards on the day).
And a lot of what they need to do hinges on the play calling of the man to the left, Mr. Marty Mornhinweg.
And up until now, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the way the offense has moved the ball during the wins. But I do have only one gripe, can we please throw in a play action pass and a naked bootleg once in a blue moon to keep a defense off-balance?!?!
And the defense need to stop the man to the right. That would be Saints Quarterback Drew Brees. This game in a sense needs to be treated in a similar fashion to the Patriots. One of Brees’s biggest assets as a quarterback is that you basically blink and you miss the ball in his hands. He’s so quick with his release that it’s scary. So if you want to beat Brees, you need to get his receivers/Tight Ends (Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham) off of their routes. That means that the linebackers need to hit them early and then the corners need to actually cover them. Being the fact that the Saints defense is coached by Rex’s twin brother Rob, Brees is going to know a lot of the tricks the Jets are going to throw defensively so this is a great time for Rex to show all of us why he’s a defensive genius.