Well, it was bound to catch up to the Black and Gold eventually.
The 6-2 New Orleans Saints strolled into MetLife Stadium to face the 5-4 New York Jets and were denied at the door like unruly patrons at a New York City club. The 26-20 score may not truly tell the tale of how thoroughly the Saints were dominated at the point of attack.
The Jets defense forced Drew Brees off his spot the entire game, while the Jets offense nearly piled up 200 yards rushing. The Jets were an excellent barometer of the type of team the Saints will face during the meat of their schedule.
If this game is any indication, the Saints may very well be in trouble. The inability to run the ball once again reared its ugly head and may very well be the Achilles' heel for the Saints. Finessing your way through a season can only take you so far—eventually you have to have the ability to punch a team back in the mouth.
The Saints have a few positives to hang their hats on. Conversely, there are a ton of areas where they should hang their heads.
Let's see who stood out in defeat. Here are the complete roster grades for Week 9.
Players are graded on the standard scale. Higher grades are given for splash plays (TDs, INTs, sacks, etc.) and proper technique. Conversely, lower grades are given for turnovers and improper technique.