Saints Can’t Stop the Run – Ivory Runs Wild
I alluded to this in my Keys to the Game segment. Here’s what I said about the X-Factor yesterday, which was the Saints Front Seven:
The Saints front seven is going to be the difference maker for how the Jets move the ball on Sunday. Last week, the Saints held the Bills Top 5 Rushing Attack to only 88 yards (yes, I know they didn’t have CJ Spiller, but still, it’s truth). The Jets enter 13th in the league in rushing yards/game with 120.4/game.
Let’s also not forget the amount of respect given to former Saints running back Chris Ivory, who finally showed the Jets front office why they traded a 4th round pick for him against the Patriots. Any player who faces their former team always makes for a good storyline. Along with Ivory, Bilial Powell & him make for a troublesome duo. The Saints will also have to stay honest when it comes to Geno Smith, as he has shown that he’s not afraid to take off and run it himself. Look for the combo of Hawthorne/Lofton to once again be the difference in the run game, and when they rise to the task of stopping the run, you honestly want Geno Smith to have to beat you throwing the ball.
Well, it never happened. Chris Ivory proved to be a ‘killer’ on the day, as he ran it only 18 times, but gained 139 yards, and scored. Ivory broke off runs of 27, 52, and 30 on the day, and averaged 7.7 yards per carry.
Ivory’s 52-yard dash proved to set the tone for the rest of the game, as the Saints had the Jets pinned deep inside their territory. Ivory would break free. Luckily, Kenny Vaccaro would catch Ivory to knock him out-of-bounds. However, the Jets would cash in on that drive, and cut the Saints early lead to 7-6.
The aggressive schemes of the Saints defense was exposed, as they were churned up by the Powell/Ivory duo, as the Jets ran for 198 yards on the day. Clearly, any notion that Ivory treated this as ‘just another game’ went out the window. He definitely proved his worth, yet again.