5 Critical Takeaways from the New York Jets' Week 9 Win over the Saints

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5 Critical Takeaways from the New York Jets' Week 9 Win over the Saints
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Chris Ivory led the Jets offense with a huge day running the ball.

The New York Jets won the most important game of their season this past week. The Week 9 win over the New Orleans Saints was huge for Rex Ryan and the Jets.

The Jets’ power running game and run defense led Gang Green to the massive upset win.

Though the Jets won, it wasn't pretty. Their passing game continues to struggle. They have struggled throwing so much that it makes you wonder if they can continue winning games.

 

The Jets Are the Most Inconsistent Team in the NFL

There is one thing the Jets have been consistent with this year, and that is being inconsistent.

In Week 8, the Jets traveled to Cincinnati to face the Bengals in what was supposed to be an exciting game. The game ended up being about as boring as possible; the Jets lost 49-9. After that disaster, almost everybody was ready for Drew Brees and the Saints to demolish this team.

But the Jets won, stunning everybody.

As surprising as it may have seemed, the win should not have come as a complete shock. Through their first nine games, the Jets have alternated wins and losses every week.

This pattern clearly establishes them as the most up and down team there is. If they want to keep winning games, they have to figure out the reason for their letdowns.

 

Rex Ryan Is a Legitimate Head Coach

The criticism of Rex Ryan needs to stop. Things could not have worked out better for Rex this week. It was a huge win for the team and for the coach, who continues the dominance of his brother Rob Ryan (Rex has now topped him in seven out of 10 meetings).

The things Rex has done with this Jets team are unbelievable. Imagine any other coach having to work with Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith as his quarterbacks over the years and see how they would do. Ryan has been a great coach in his tenure with the Jets and has proven he deserves a lot of credit.

 

A Power Running Game and an Ugly Passing Game

Jets running back Chris Ivory tormented his former team in Week 9. He ran for 139 yards and a touchdown on just 18 carries. Ivory led the rushing attack and was really the only thing the Jets offense had going for it.

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith struggled again this week, with only eight completions for an underwhelming 115 yards, including zero completions in the fourth quarter.

The good news for Geno? He’s 5-4 and has his team in playoff contention.

The running game needs to continue carrying this offense if the Jets want to keep winning games. The passing game could come around, but I wouldn’t bet on that.

 

Sheldon Richardson, Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson

The Jets defense is for real this season, and it is led by their D-line. Richardson, Coples and Wilkerson have been wreaking havoc on opposing offenses every week. These three guys combined for six hits on Brees in Week 9 and constantly had him rushing his throws. It was obvious that the normally steady Brees was rattled throughout the game.

Gang Green’s defense has held opposing offenses to a paltry 73.8 rushing yards per game, the best mark in the league. If their secondary can continue to improve and the defensive line continues to dominate, the Jets can make some serious noise.

 

Playoffs?

The Jets' 5-4 record has fans and others around the league thinking playoffs. If the season ended today, the Jets would be traveling to Indianapolis as the sixth seed in the playoffs.

Before the season, if you were to say the Jets would be 5-4 and in playoff contention through nine weeks, people would have laughed at you. At the beginning of the season many people, including ESPN’s experts, thought the Jets were going to be the worst team in the league.

One of the things to consider when thinking playoffs is the Jets' schedule. In their remaining seven games, they only play one team that is currently over .500.

New York continues to prove people wrong, and if they can keep playing well, the Jets will fly right into the playoffs.

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