East Rutherford, N.J. - New Orleans Saints stars Drew Brees and Cameron Jordan saw their first action of the 2019 preseason as the Saints defeated the New York Jets 28-13 on Saturday, Aug, 24 at MetLife Field.
The Saints are 2-1 in preseason while the Jets dropped to 1-2.
Brees, going into his 19th season, was on the field for eight plays, taking up three minutes and eight seconds of game time, and ended the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas. Brees, Thomas, running back Alvin Kamara and left tackle Terron Armstead all left the game after the successful opening drive. Brees was 4 of 6 for 68 yards and the touchdown.
Teddy Bridgewater replaced Brees and finished the half 15 of 26 for 143 yards.
Jordan played several series as the first-team defense kept the Jets and quarterback Sam Darnold under control. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore forced and recovered a fumble that led to the first of four Wil Lutz field goals, Darnold was 8 of 13 for 97 yards and one touchdown. Jets star running abck Le'Veon Bell did not play.
Returner Deonte Harris provided the biggest spark in the second half as he returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown with 7:27 to play. The Saints defense also forced as a safety in the fourth quarter, as the Jets were called for holding in the end zone. Penalties were an issue for both teams. The Jets had 15 for 129 yards and the safety while the Saints had 16 for 142 yards.
The Saints will close preseason Thursday, Aug. 29 vs. the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. They open the regular season Sept. 9 vs. the Houston Texans at home.
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Game action photos from the New Orleans Saints at New York Jets 2019 NFL Preseason Week 3 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey