On Sunday, the 6-2 New Orleans Saints went to MetLife Stadium and got their collective butts kicked by a much more physical New York Jets squad. The final score of 26-20 was not indicative of how New York truly imposed its will.
By piling up close to 200 rushing yards—with former Saints' running back Chris Ivory gaining 139 yards on 18 carries—the Jets were able to control the clock and keep the ball out of the hands of their rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Smith was a putrid 8-of-19 for 115 yards, but he made plays when necessary.
The Saints managed 366 yards through the air, but only 41 yards on the ground on 13 carries. The ability to stop the run or run the ball themselves finally caught up with the Saints as they lost the turnover battle two to zero.
The Saints must quickly regroup, as the Jets were supposed to be a prelude to the meat of the schedule.
In the NFL, you should never take an opponent lightly, especially one that can control the clock, create turnovers and pressure the quarterback.
Here are my takeaways from the Saints' surprising loss to the Jets on Sunday.