The Saints, after being up north for two weeks finally get to come home, and the fans down here are pumped including myself whose going to the game. I am going to write this is as unbiased as possible. Without a doubt, we are looking at the game of the week and one of the best games of the year.
What happens when the number one high flying offense goes head to head against the number one agressive defense? You get one hell of a game that's what happens. Without a doubt Rex Ryan has his defense aggresive and fired up, and in a recent quote he states "You would think I would feel nervous, but we're only playing New Orleans, so I'm really not worried about having to cover anybody with Drew Brees playing." I really hope Mr. Ryan is being sarcastic because his defense has the ultimate test this week. From what I have watched, the Jets like to blitz. Maybe they will hold on the blitz this week though. Drew Brees is a pressure guy. He's fast and when you blitz your leaving a guy in single coverage. Can you guess where Brees is gonna throw? And if you look at the injury reports Ryan has problems he needs to fix fast. With two CB's out (Strickland and Sheppard) and three guys who might play hurt (Rhodes, Leonhard, and Revis) there is a majorly broken secondary. Not only that but they also have to watch New Orleans number 2 rushing attack that averages 170 yards/game.) Ryan has a geat defensive line and the key to stopping New Orleans is holding the run and getting to Brees ASAP to avoid the pigskin going into a damaged secondary.
Flipping the table, let's look at the Jets offense and Saints defense. The Sanchez-Cotchery hook-up is sweet, we all know this and I even have Cotchery on one of my fantasy leagues. Not to mention the Jets run game that's averaging 130 yards/game between big boy Thomas Jones and Jackrabbit Washington. The key for the Jets offense is to connect every drive and make every drive turn into points, whether it be 3, 6, 7, or 8. On top of that not scoring quick points but takin their time on each drive keeping the ball away from New Orleans as long as possible. The Saints D is great but, like last year, terrible against the pass. The Saints are 5th against the rush though which may put a little pressure in the hands of Sanchez and his go-to recievers. Although there may be problems in New Orleans secondary, but there is still one guy who can cause problems for Sanchez. The vet Darren Sharper is tied for first in the league with 3 interceptions and 176 return yards.
OVERALL KEY FACTORS: A damaged secondary will cause problems for the Jets defense, Sanchez keeping his offense rolling and avoiding "rookie mistakes", The Jets defense getting to Brees quick and shutting down New Orleans run game, New Orleans causing turnovers and getting the ball to Brees
PREDICTION: Due to the fact the Saints are home and the Jets secondary is so injured, I am going to say the New Orleans Saints. Mark Sanchez is going to need a turnover free, touchdown galore day to keep up. The Saints rush defense is also impressive and COULD shutdown Thomas and Washington. 31-24 New Orleans