New York Jets Week 4: Preview

Steven LernerContributor IOctober 2, 2009

HEMPSTEAD,NY - MARCH 06: Jerricho Cotchery poses at the Jets training facility at Hofstra University on March 06, 2007 in Hempstead, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)


Weekly Storyline: A 4-0 team will be crowned in New Orleans this week as the 3-0 New York Jets visit the 3-0 New Orleans Saints.


The Jets shut down three of the best offenses in the league thus far (Texans, Patriots, and Titans) but this week could present a major challenge.


The Saints are clicking on all cylinders and want to continue their dominant play at home this week. It's the ultimate matchup of good offense vs. good defense. Who wins?


Player Profile: This week's player profile is going to Jerricho Cotchery. The former North Carolina star, taken in the fourth round of the 2004 draft by the New York Jets, has risen to become one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL.


After Week Three, Cotchery is among the top five players in receiving yards (third to be exact) and looks to make his first pro bowl. Although many people questioned a few weeks ago, the Jets supposed lock of a No. 1 wide receiver, they obviously overlooked the potential of Cotchery. He's becoming the favorite target for Mark Sanchez and he will be a force to reckon with for years to come.





Jets Passing Offense vs. Saints Passing Defense: In order for the Jets to be competitive this week, Mark Sanchez cannot make silly mistakes. The Saints have an improved pass defense, lead by Charles Grant, which contributes to the team's success of stopping the quarterback. If Sanchez can limit the mistakes, he might be able to spread the ball around which would confuse the Saints' defense.


Jets Rushing Offense vs. Saints Rushing Defense: Last week, the duo of Jones and Washington put up their worst game in a while. As a result, Sanchez made more throws and more mistakes. The Jets rushing defense cannot let that happen again. The running game must be at their best because the rush defense is still a big weakness for the Saints. If the Jets can finally get Shone Greene involved, the running game will be more impressive.


Saints Passing Offense vs. Jets Passing Defense:  Despite a few injuries in the wide receiver corps, the Saints passing game is the best in the NFL. The Jets must find a way to confuse and break through the Saints' offensive line so they can apply pressure to Drew Brees. The bad news: there are at least three key injuries in the secondary and the Saints would love to expose this. Drew Brees is usually top-notch at home, too.


Saints Rushing Offense vs. Jets Rushing Defense: The most surprising part of the Saints' season thus far has been the running game. Even if the Jets could contain Drew Brees, they must find a way to deal with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, two great running backs who compliment each other's play. Look for the Saints to run the ball well against the Jets.



Weather: Dome. No major weather concerns.




Start: Drew Brees. He's possibly the best player in fantasy football and he'll continue to put up excellent numbers this week.


Sit: Chansi Stuckey. He's not a viable starting option this week.


Sleeper: Reggie Bush. If you need to put in a running back for this week, Bush is your man. He'll have a better game than expected.



Final Prediction: The winning streak ends here; the Jets lose to the Saints, 35-14. The Saints are just so good and the Jets cannot match up to them.