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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New York Jets can upset the New Orleans Saints on Sunday -- yes, they can -- but they have to play the game on their terms. It has to be a street fight, old-school football, a game in the ...

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Old 11-01-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
 
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Smashmouth is Jets' only hope vs. Saints

The New York Jets can upset the New Orleans Saints on Sunday -- yes, they can -- but they have to play the game on their terms. It has to be a street fight, old-school football, a game in the trenches. It can't be a basketball game, with Drew Brees leading the fast break, because the Jets aren't equipped to play that style.

The Saints are a finesse team, the model of what the NFL has become. The tenets that once shaped the game -- run the ball, stop the run -- don't apply to the Saints. They don't run it particularly well and they're giving up a league-high 4.8 yards per rush, but they're winning because they can throw it and catch it better than perhaps any team in the league.

The Jets recognize this. They respect the Saints, but they also believe they can knock them out of their comfort zone by playing big-boy football, smashing them in the mouth. Four weeks ago, they did it to the Atlanta Falcons, another team built around its skill players. The Jets see a lot of similarities between the Falcons and Saints, NFC South rivals.

"If we can handle Atlanta, we should, in theory, be able to handle New Orleans," linebacker Calvin Pace said Thursday.

It's not just a defensive thing. It's not just an offensive thing. It's an everything thing. The Jets have to set an early tone, on both sides of the ball, letting the Saints know it will be a two-chinstrap game, as coach Rex Ryan likes to say.

They can start by establishing a running attack, feeding Bilal Powell and ex-Saint Chris Ivory, who, no matter how much he downplays it, would love to rip a hole in his former team. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has done a nice job in his first season with the Saints, as his twin brother has pointed out every day this week, but it's hard to ignore that big, fat rushing stat: 4.8 yards per carry.

That's an engraved invitation for the Jets to impose their will on the Saints. They have to shorten the game, keep Brees on the sideline and make those New Orleans pass-rushers get dirty in the trenches, defending the run. They don't like to do that.

"Honestly, I feel like with the guys we have up front, we should be able to run the ball on everybody," right tackle Austin Howard said.

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Old 11-01-2013, 02:46 PM   #2
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Dammit I thought YOU wrote it. LOL
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Go ahead and run all you want. When we're 2 scores up and your still running the ball, we'll be well on our way to victory.

Interesting stat note... Opponents don't run on us very often. We're near the top of the charts in least runs against us.

Looks like a lot of teams don't have a lot of run success against us, even though the YPC average is high.

I wonder how much of that 4.8 is garbage time runs draws when we actually want teams to run it.
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A few huge runs (SJax got 50 on one run, 22 on all others combined) are bumping up the avg. Get up in points and they have to play our game.
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Dammit I thought YOU wrote it. LOL
What? You thought I was their only hope?
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What? You thought I was their only hope?
Hey man. It's Friday. I'm short on Sleep. The title was taken quite literally by me. Your'e they're only hope homie...

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What? You thought I was their only hope?
For a moment, I thought you were suiting up for the Gang Green there, buddy, .
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For a moment, I thought you were suiting up for the Gang Green there, buddy, .
Same here. Then I thought we would lose for sure.
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9 in the box. run blitz every down. Gallete is having to empty his drool bucket already!
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Read between the lines... the Jets are scared to death.
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