The New York Jets (5-8) head down to New Orleans (9-4) on Sunday at 1 PM to play the Saints on CBS.
Let’s be clear: this game, for all intents and purposes, should be a bloodbath. If you are a Jets fan with high blood pressure, I’d advise against watching.
Yes, the Jets have, outside of last week, played fairly well all season, keeping it close even with the best of teams. But, after last week’s blowout, I doubt the Jets will be able to get anything going against a Saints team that has talent like lockdown corner Marshon Lattimore on defense while at the same time having arguably the best and most dynamic offense in the league.
And that’s not even taking into account how good the Saints are at home… or how bad the Jets are on the road… or that Bryce Petty will be starting.
The Saints offense can try to attack the Jets defense either through the air or on the ground. Given that the Jets defensive line has been relatively good at limiting the run, I’m sure Sean Payton will have no problem allowing Drew Brees to pick apart the Jets secondary, focusing mainly on exposing their poor-performing corners.
Morris Claiborne, after having a strong start to the season, has played awfully in the last couple games. If I had to guess, I’d say he’s still dealing with an injury. Meanwhile, no other corner on the Jets roster should be starting on a quality NFL team (although I’ll admit Buster Skrine has been playing well recently, but how long should we really expect that to last?).
On offense, the Jets will probably be just as hard tasked to go up against a tough defense with a quarterback like Bryce Petty. I honestly would not be surprised if they get shut out for the second week in a row. This will be a tough task for offensive coordinator John Morton.
However, both Morton and Todd Bowles need to find a way to get their team motivated and prepared enough to make them look decent against the New Orleans Saints. Todd Bowles almost seems like a lock to come back next year because he was able to motivate his players so well this year. If they start playing like they don’t care now, then not only is this franchise just the same as it ever was (no culture change here!), Todd Bowles might be on a hotter seat than many would anticipate now.
In the end, I think the Jets should put up more fight than they did last week. I really want to believe that Bowles is a good head coach, although as the weeks and years go on, I’m becoming more and more skeptical. But, the players should be motivated to win after a humiliating loss.
However, I think the Jets are so outmatched talentwise in almost every category. Given that, plus the fact they are playing an away game, I doubt the final score will be close.
Final Score: 28-10 Saints win
Anyone on the Saints is fair game in this one and I’m certainly including their defense. Any defense should perform well against a quarterback of Bryce Petty’s caliber, especially one featuring perhaps the best corner in the league. Meanwhile, I think playing anyone on the Jets is a huge mistake.
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