Jets upset Saints 26-20
Fourth come-from-behind win for Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chris Ivory ran for 139 yards on 18 carries Sunday afternoon and Nick Folk kicked four field goals as the New York Jets continued a season-long pattern of wins and losses by upsetting the New Orleans Saints 26-20 at MetLife Stadium.
The Jets (5-4) fell behind 14-6 in the second quarter before recording their fourth come-from-behind win of the year and becoming just the second team since 1978 -- when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule -- to alternate wins with losses in the first nine weeks of a season. New England did it in 2005.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan also remained unbeaten (5-0) when coaching against his twin brother, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith was just 8 of 18 for 115 yards, but he rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, didn't turn the ball over and was sacked just twice. He entered Sunday with 17 turnovers (13 interceptions and four turnovers) and 28 sacks through his first eight games.
Folk's four field goals made him a perfect 23-for-23 this season.
Quarterback Drew Brees was 30 of 51 for 382 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jimmy Graham, for the Saints (7-2), but his two interceptions led to 10 Jets points. Graham had nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
An interception by Demario Davis off a batted ball led to the Jets' first score a 39-yard field goal by Folk with 5:44 left in the first.
The Saints quickly struck back when Brees capped a six-play drive with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Graham, who dragged Jaiquawn Jarrett the final five yards into the end zone
The Jets were outgained 154-31 in the first quarter but began establishing a run game in the second quarter, when Chris Ivory rambled for 52 yards on the second play of the period to jumpstart a drive that ended with a 21-yard field goal by Folk.
The Saints again responded immediately and needed just five plays to go 80 yards in a drive capped by a 10-yard pass from Brees to Graham. Brees began the possession by hitting a wide-open Robert Meachem for 60 yards to give New Orleans a first down at the Jets' 20-yard-line.
A 42-yard kickoff return by Josh Cribbs set the Jets up at the Saints' 39-yard-line and the Jets ran on seven of nine plays on the subsequent scoring drive, which Ivory ended with a 3-yard scamper into the end zone for his first touchdown with the Jets.
Brees was victimized for his second tipped ball interception on the second play of the Saints' next possession, when the ball glanced off Nick Toon's hand and into Antonio Cromartie's. Five plays later, Smith bootlegged around right end, changed direction and deked Cameron Jordan before going into the end zone untouched for a three-yard score that put the Jets up 20-14.
A 44-yard pass from Smith to Greg Salas on the Jets' first drive of the second half set up Folk's third field goal, a 47-yarder.
The teams traded punts on their next two possessions before the Saints threatened late in the third, but a holding call on the Saints and consecutive sacks of Brees forced New Orleans into a third-and-38 situation from midfield. After Brees' 13-yard pass to Graham, Sean Payton elected to go for the field goal and Garrett Hartley responded by nailing a career-long 55-yarder.
Folk nailed his 23rd straight field goal when he ended the Jets' next drive with a 45-yard field goal.
The Saints turned the ball over on downs midway through the fourth when Jed Collins dropped a sure first-down pass on third-and-short and Josh Hill was dragged down for an eight-yard loss on fourth down. The Jets then went three-and-out before Hartley kicked a 43-yard field goal with 3:06 left.
After another three-and-out by the Jets, the Saints got the ball at their own 19 with 1:58 left, but Brees threw four incompletions.
NOTES: The Saints, who were already playing without No. 1 wideout Marques Colston (knee), lost all-purpose running back Darren Sproles to a concussion on the first series. ... The Saints used all three of their first half timeouts in the first quarter. ... Saints LB Jonathan Vilma was activated off the short-term IR and made his season debut. Vilma underwent knee surgery in August. ... Jets WR Jeremy Kerley suffered an elbow injury in the first half and did not return. In the third quarter, SS Antonio Allen suffered a head injury while LB Garrett McIntyre was sidelined with a knee injury. ... The previous teams to open a season by alternating wins with losses through eight weeks were the 1983 Packers, 1997 Lions, 2003 Buccaneers and 2005 Patriots. ... The Rex Ryan-coached Jets beat a Rob Ryan-coached defense in 2010 (Cleveland) and 2011 (Dallas). Rex Ryan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator when Baltimore beat Oakland -- where Rob was the Raiders' defensive coordinator -- in 2006 and 2008.