New Orleans Saints Defense, Run Game, Bring Down The New York Jets At The Dome 24-10


They said the Eagles were going to beat the Saints, they said the Bills were going to beat the Saints, and of course they said the Rex Ryan lead Jets would beat the Saints.

Well that didn’t happen. Another game and another win, the Saints are now 4-0.

For the second straight week the story of the game is how the Saints defense squashed the opposing offense while the run game continuously found success and the end zone.

It’s a formula that appears to be working very well for New Orleans.

Suddenly this offensive powerhouse is looking more like a defensive powerhouse as the Jets were held to just 244 total yards, one offensive touchdown and no running back wearing a green jersey rushed for more than 48 yards.

Rookie sensation Mark Sanchez was officially given his “welcome to the NFL” initiation as he was held to 14 of 27 passing for 138 yards and three interceptions.

He also was stripped sacked by DE Will Smith in the end zone which resulted in a Saints recovery by Remi Ayodele for one of two defensive touchdowns in the game, Sharper was responsible for the other.

Interestingly enough the last time the Saints scored two defensive touchdowns in the same game was in December of 1998, a 27-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons — just had to throw that out there.

Darren Sharper continues to be and an absolute monster in the secondary accounting for two of three of the Saints interceptions including a 99 yard pick six, his second of the season.

Sharper now has five interceptions for the season which ranks him first in the league, meanwhile the Saints as a team are now ranked number one in interceptions overall.

Sacks anyone?

Both of the Saints defensive ends (Will Smith, Charles Grant) got to Sanchez twice, totaling four sacks including the aforementioned strip sack.

Long overdue is that as it appears Gregg Williams finally has those boys earning their paychecks.

Drew Brees, for the second straight game, failed to throw a touchdown pass or even eclipse the 250 yard mark.

However he was playing against perhaps one of the best secondaries in the league and managed a clean 190 yards on 20 of 32 passing, a victory in itself.

The run game however is a totally different story.

The Saints flexed their prowess on the ground once more managing to rush for a combined 153 yards on 32 carries, a 4.8 yard per carry average.

Once again Pierre Thomas emerged as the team leader rushing for 86 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.

His touchdown sealed the Saints victory when he punched it in from the one to make the score 24-10 in the fourth quarter with a little over six minutes remaining.

The Saints are off to their best start since 2006 and at this point appear to be un-stoppable.

It’s a long season and a bit too early to crown them the next Superbowl champs but “they are who we thought they where” and that’s good enough for Saint fans right now.

Hate to say I told you so but I told you so.

The Saints are on a bye-week in week five and return to the Dome in week six to take on the surging New York Giants.

Mike Bell should be ready to make his return and mark on what may be the leagues most dangerous trio of backs in Thomas, Bush, and Bell.

If you would like to view the entire breakdown of the Saints/Jets game follow this link to game center on or follow this link to view the game book.

As always I like to link back to the opposing teams blogger and site on, but this time the Jets website has failed to produce an article about their loss at the Saints hands. Please feel free to drop in on the site and leave a little comment, all in good fun of course.

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