Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A look ahead to New Orleans

Twitter has its first Jet victim. David Clowney was inactive last week for the Titans game because he wished he had more playing time against Tennessee. It is a very innocuous quote, but Ryan clearly wanted to send a message to his team. Ryan said that Clowney responded to the news with a great week of practice. I'd be surprised if he didn't have his first catch of the season at New Orleans.

Now, for some Saints-Jets thoughts...

*The Saints will probably try to do what New England tried to do against the Jets: spread them out and spread the ball around. The Saints have a number of weapons, and Drew Brees finds them all. At this point, Brees is better equipped to handle the rush than Brady, and he has a lot more help around him. Still, the most important factor for the Saints is that they have a very good offensive line. Left tackle Jammal Brown is out for the season, but the line hasn't missed a beat.

*The Jets will need all the help they can to stop this Saints' offense, especially in the secondary. They protected Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery with safety help a lot more last week, but it looks like Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland both might be ready to go on Sunday.

*The Saints are 6.5 point favorites. They've been a great home team recently, and this shows respect in Vegas, but every Saints line is inflated due to how good their offense is.

*This Sunday should be a huge game for Thomas Jones. The Jets will need to run the ball more productively than they have in the first three games if they expect to win. Running the ball will keep the Saints' offense off the field, and it should minimize turnovers. Jones will be key to the attack. His overall numbers don't look bad, but he has not looked the same as he has last year, and rookie Shonn Greene is still waiting for his opportunity.