By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets lost to the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon, 31-19. Quarterback Bryce Petty made his first start of the season, replacing the injured Josh McCown. Petty had some fans predicting he was the next Joe Namath, and some fans predicting he was the next Geno Smith, but at the end of the day, he was able to put up a fair fight.
Petty went 19-of-39 for 179 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. Bilal Powell had 13 carries for 44 yards and a score. Both Elijah McGuire and Matt Forté had 24 rushing yards, and all-in-all, the team had 124 yards on the ground, which is much better than last week’s total.
On the receiving end, McGuire led the team with 48 yards and a touchdown, mostly coming from a 38-yard catch. Robby Anderson had five catches for 40 yards, Kearse had 28 receiving yards, and the team totaled 179 in the air.
The defense (without Muhammad Wilkerson who was declared inactive after being late to a meeting), did exceptionally well against New Orleans, as Leonard Williams had an interception, and Buster Skrine and Jordan Jenkins both had fumble recoveries (both from Brandon Coleman). Jamal Adams led the team with eight tackles. Unfortunately, the team did not manage to sack Drew Brees.
It wasn’t a terrible performance, especially if you take everything into account, but the game did end with the Saints on top.
Next week, the Jets will face the Chargers in MetLife. Similar to when the Jets played the Chiefs, it will all depend which Chargers team the Jets will be playing against. The Chargers started the year 0-4 and are now 7-7. Saturday against the Chiefs, the Chargers were in extremely poor form, and they lost the game. If the Jets face those same Chargers, they should have a great chance at winning the game. If not, it could get out of hand, quickly.