The 5-8 New York Jets traveled to New Orleans to take on the 9-4 Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New York, not yet eliminated from the playoffs, was coming off of a 23-0 shutout loss to the Denver Broncos in which they also lost their starting quarterback, Josh McCown. The Saints came into the game leading the NFC South division. While the Jets, quarterbacked by Bryce Petty in his first start of the year, ranked 23rd in total offense. Here is the good, the bad and the ugly from the game…
The Jets defense stopped the Saints in the red zone on their first possession.
RB Bilal Powell capped a 12-play/75-yard drive and scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.
DE Leonard Williams, after being double teamed, intercepted Saints QB Drew Brees and returned it for 6 yards to the Saints 11-yard line.
K Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 29-yard field goal at the end of the first half and a 26 yarder in the third quarter.
CB Buster Skrine and OLB Jordan Jenkins both recovered fumbles by Saints WR Brandon Coleman.
RB Elijah McGuire caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Petty.
The defense gave up a 1-yard touchdown run to RB Mark Ingram and a field goal to K Will Lutz in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Brees threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to RB Alvin Kamara.
At the half, the Jets had given up 221 yards of total offense of the Saints. The New York offense had 103 total yards. Petty was 7 for 14 for 46 yards. Powell led all rushers with 34 yards and a long of 11.
In the fourth quarter, the defense let Brees hit WR Michael Thomas for a 4-yard score.
A pass attempt by Petty for a 2-point conversion was knocked down. (It was the fourth deflected pass on the day for Saints DE Cameron Jordan)
At the end of the first quarter, the Jets had 42 total yards and 3 penalties for 25 yards.
Petty threw a third quarter interception to Saints LB Craig Robertson.
The defense gave up a 50-yard touchdown run to Ingram with under 2 minutes left in the game.
Petty’s final pass of the game was intercepted by CB Marshon Lattimore.
The Jets gave up 416 total yards to the Saints and had 8 penalties for 50 yards.
Jets inactives included: CB Derrick Jones, CB Jeremy Clark, RB Akeem Judd, LB Freddie Bishop, G Dakota Dozier, OL Jonotthan Harrison and DL Muhammad Wilkerson