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10 things Saints fans need to know about the New York Jets

Posted Dec 12, 2017

Josh McCown, who has been having his best statistical year, broke his left hand in loss to Broncos

1. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown, who has been having his best statistical season of his career, broke his left hand during the week 14 game against the Denver Broncos. The Jets (5-8) will look to backup quarterback Bryce Petty to replace McCown vs. the New Orleans Saints (9-4) on Sunday. Petty is in his third year with the Jets and had five possessions vs. the Broncos; he completed two of nine passes and the Jets punted four times. McCown’s brother, Luke, played for the Saints from 2013-16.

2. Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse have been a dominant tandem for the Jets at receiver. Anderson, in his second year with the Jets, averages 65.2 yards per game, and has 848 yards this season. Kearse, in his sixth season in the league and first with the Jets, averages 52.4 yards per game, and has 681 yards this season. Anderson and Kearse are just the sixth duo to both record 100 receiving yards in a game and they're the only pair to do it twice. Anderson was questionable in week 14 with a hamstring injury, but played last Sunday and had 27 yards receiving.

3. Rookie safety Jamal Adams has started every game for the Jets. The LSU product has 58 combined tackles, two sacks, and two fumble recoveries. Adams ranks No. 5 among safeties in sacks. 

4. Matt Forte, a 10-year veteran, has been struggling with a knee injury this season. Forte sits out practice in the early part of the week, and comes back a day or two before the game. The Tulane product ranks 48th among running backs in yards per game with 33.8. Forte has 338 yards on 88 attempts and has only started four games for the Jets this season. 

5. New York is 1-5 on the road with their only road victory against the winless Cleveland Browns. 

6. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum and right tackle Brandon Shell have been a strong piece of the Jets offense. The duo did not allow a sack to Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, No. 4 in sacks among linebackers, in Week 13. 

7. The Jets have five coaches who are in their first year. The most notable are:
Offensive coordinator John Morton, former receivers coach with the Saints (2006, 2015-16)
Outside linebacker coach Kevin Greene, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016.
 
8. New York is average in offensive rankings.

Total Yards Per Game 23t
Yards Per Play 20
Rushing Yards per Game 21
Rushing Yards per Attempt 23
Passing Net Yards per Game 19
Passing Net Yards per play 18
Passing, percent had intercepted 12
Sacks per pass play 30
First downs per play 27
Third down efficiency 15
Fourth down efficiency 6t
Punt return average 31
Kickoff return average 21
Gross Punting average 10
Net Punting average 20
Point per game 20
Field Goal % 18



9. New York is average in defensive rankings.

Total Yards per Game 21
Yards per play 20
Rushing Yards per Game 21
Rushing Yards per Attempt 16
Passing Net Yards per Game 19
Passing Net Yards per Play 19
Passing, Percent had intercepted 18
Sacks per pass play 23
First downs per game 17t
Third down efficiency 15
Fourth down efficiency 8t
punt return average 26
Kickoff return average 21
Gross punting average 20
Net punting average 25
Points per game 21
Field Goal % 4
Points per game differential 20t
Net Yards per game differential 26


10. Long snapper Thomas Hennessy suffered a concussion in the loss to the Broncos. He is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Saints.