Then Jets head coach Rex and Saints defensive coordinator Rob will be captured by Fox's cameras no doubt exchanging brotherly pleasantries during warmups for Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium, and the twins will again be joined by dad Buddy Ryan, who'll be up for the game for the photo ops.
But the Ryan family scrapbook will quickly be replaced by Jets family matters. The Green & White need a triumph against a difficult foe to wipe away the taste of last week's 40-point loss at Cincinnati and send the Jets into their bye week at 5-4, which would be light-years ahead of where they'd be at 4-5, licking their wounds, and opening back up with tough road games at Buffalo and Baltimore.
Here are 10 things to look for at Sunday's Jets-Saints game:
1. The Geno Project — Watch for
2. Brick Wall Needed — Smith has been sacked an average of 3.5 times a game. New Orleans' defense has posted 3.4 sacks per game. Not a good balance for our side. Key matchup: left tackle
3. Ground & Pound — Two weeks after
4. Their Tight End — Drew Brees is a marvelous downfield passer and distributor. But with his WRs other than Marques Colston kind of sputtery this year, the target has been Jimmy Graham, the 6'7", 265-pounder with wideout speed and (almost) a tackle's body, and whose 15.8-yard per-catch average is easily the best among qualifying TEs in the league this season. How do the Jets try to cover Graham? That'll be fun to watch, but as Rex cautions, "You talk about a problem. This guy has the size, the speed, he's phenomenal at adjusting to the ball, and he has a great rapport with Brees."
5. Our Tight Ends — Some thought
|First Downs Gained/Game||18.5||21.0|
|First Downs Allowed/Game||17.4||19.0|
|Time of Possession/Game||31:37||33:24|
6. Dirtywork by Snacks — For the first time since 1991, a 355-week span, we have the NFL's No. 1 defense in rushing yards allowed per game. We're also No. 1 in rush yards per carry. One reason among many: the big-body relentlessness and flowing locks of
8. More Folk Hero — We don't think Folk will be kicking in the Santa Claus costume he wore for Halloween during Thursday's practice. But Saint Nick has been the kicker who keeps on giving. If he goes 5-for-5 vs. the Saints, he'll tie Jay Feely's franchise-record 24 straight in 2008-09. If he hits another 50-yarder, he'll tie John Hall with 10 kicks of 50 yards. If he hits another last-minute kick for the win, that'd be four game-winners this season.
9. Kick or Treat — Speaking of Halloween, might the Jets need to be ready for a trick play, something along the lines of a little Super Bowl onsides kick that the Saints executed against the Colts three years ago? "A little bit," said ST coordinator Ben Kotwica. "Actually, a couple of those things are things you practice." Just for the record, the only home onside kick successfully executed by opponents in Rex's five years at the helm: Last year's Dan Carpenter first-quarter onsider recovered by the Dolphins.
10. Good Old No. 65 — No, not Will Campbell, but the guy who wore that number for 10 seasons before Campbell, Brandon Moore, who retired from the NFL as a Jet on Friday. Moore will be the team "pilot," leading them on the Jets Runway into MetLife Stadium for pregame warmups and will come out as honorary captain for the opening coin toss.
|JETS-SAINTS RIVALRY FACTS||Record/Score|
|Regular-Season Series Record||Saints 6-5|
|Last Game||Saints 24-10, 2009|
|Last Jets Win||Jets 16-9, 2001|
|Current Streak||Saints 5 out of 6|
|Regular-Season Record @ NYJ||Saints 4-2|
|Last Game||Saints 21-19, 2005|
|Last Jets Win||Jets 28-23, 1986|
|Current Streak||Saints 3 in a row|