Rex 5, Rob 0.
Once again, Jets coach got the better of his twin brother, Rob Ryan, as Rex's Jets defeated the Saints, 26-20, in yesterday’s Ryan Bowl at MetLife Stadium.
Rex has now defeated his brother, the Saints defensive coordinator, in all five of their head-to-head matchups in the NFL.
In a game the Jets (5-4) desperately needed to win heading into next week's bye, their defensive line came to play. And so did Chris Ivory.
The former Saints running back rushed for 139 yards on 18 carries to power the Jets offense. Ivory just missed surpassing his career-high — 158 yards — set during his rookie season in New Orleans.
Muhammad Wilkerson and Calvin Pace each had a sack to lead a defense that disrupted Drew Brees (30-for-51, 382 yards) from the opening kick. And while the future Hall of Famer struggled against the Jets’ relentless pressure, rookie quarterback Geno Smith helped deliver a much-needed victory.
Smith completed just 8 of 19 passes for 115 yards, but he ran in a 3-yard score in the third quarter — his third rushing touchdown of his career. Kicker Nick Folk also had a big day, nailing all four of his field-goal attempts to remain a perfect 23-for-23 this season.
After last week’s embarrassing 49-9 loss in Cincinnati, the Jets needed a big-time performance to get them back on track in the AFC East standings. Their win yesterday over the Saints (6-2) did just that.
It wasn’t all good news, however, for the Jets. Slot receiver Jeremy Kerley was forced to leave the game with a serious elbow injury.