Saints vs. Jets: Geno Smith and Company Prove They're Masters of Inconsistency

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 3, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 3: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets carries the ball in the 2nd half of the Jets 26-20 win over the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets were somehow able to take down the New Orleans Saints in Week 9 of the NFL season, officially proving that they are the most inconsistent team in the NFL.

Thanks to back-to-back touchdown runs in the second quarter, the Jets were able to go up 20-14 right before halftime.  The second half consisted of a couple of field goals for each team, and the final score was 26-20 with the Jets pulling out another big win.  

Geno Smith wasn't terrific in the win, completing just eight of his 19 passes, but he was smart with the ball and didn't turn it over once while also scoring a touchdown on the ground.

As good as the win was for the Jets, it only proves their inconsistency.

The Jets are 5-4 on the year with wins over the Saints, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. At the same time, they also have losses against the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and that 49-9 blowout loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In fact, when you look at the schedule so far for the Jets, they have yet to win or lose two consecutive games, alternating between wins and losses.

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 27:  Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off of the field in the 4th quarter after throwing an interception and having it returned for a touchdown during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Oc
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It seems that a lot depends on how well Geno plays.

When the team wins, Smith has thrown for 1,134 yards, seven touchdowns and just four interceptions with a passer rating of 89.4.  When the Jets have lost, things have been much worse for Smith; he's thrown for 863 yards, one touchdown and nine interceptions with a 51.7 passer rating.

On the defensive side of the ball, this team has still been good, excluding the blowout against the Bengals.  They have the best run defense in the NFL, allowing just 77.9 rushing yards per game.  Pro Football Focus (subscription required) gives the Jets by far the best run defense grade at 66.0, with the Kansas City Chiefs in a distant second at just 38.9.

Still, that success against the run hasn't exactly transitioned into success overall.  They're allowing 25.7 points per game, and they need to find ways to keep opponents out of the end zone.

It's been very difficult to tell if this is a playoff-caliber team in the AFC.  They've looked like one of the best teams in the conference at times, and then at others they've showed glimpses of that team from 2012 that was led by Mark Sanchez.

This was a big win for the Jets, but now they need to string it with another win after the bye week and maintain a consistent level of success in order to be considered a great team.