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Saints at Jets Game Preview | 2021 NFL Week 14

New Orleans has a 7-6 lead over the New York Jets in the all-time series, posting a 7-2 record since 1989 after dropping four of the first five meetings.

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THE MATCHUP: JETS VS SAINTS 2021 WEEK 14

The New Orleans Saints start the second half of their 2021 AFC East slate when they travel to the northeast to face the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 12 at 12:00 p.m. CT . The game will be regionally televised on CBS.

The Saints have a 7-6 lead over the Jets in the all-time series with New Orleans posting a 7-2 record since 1989 after dropping four of the first five meetings. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has posted a 2-1 record against the Jets, including a 31-19 home victory on December 17, 2017. New Orleans has posted a 4-3 road mark against the Jets, winning contests at Shea Stadium and Giants Stadium, now looking for their first victory in their second try at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets rank 32nd in the NFL in defense, 30th against the run and 29th against the pass. The Jets are 21st overall in offense (30h rushing and 12th passing). New Orleans is ranked 14th in the NFL in total defense (fifth against the rush allowing only 96.4 rushing yards per game and 22nd in passing) and 23rd in offense (14th rushing and 25th passing). 

The Saints will be looking to improve their record to 6-7 and even up their interconference mark on the season at 2-2. In the NFC South, New Orleans, Carolina and Atlanta all have 5-7 records, standing one game out of the sixth and seventh NFC Wild Card playoff spot is two games behind both the Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, with the Saints playing at Tampa Bay on December 19 and hosting Carolina in Week 17 before closing out the regular season in Atlanta in Week 18.

SAINTS-JETS SERIES HISTORY

The Saints and Jets have met 13 times, with New Orleans leading the series 7-6. The Saints are 4-3 vs. the Jets on the road.

Two of New Orleans' victories against the Jets have come as shutouts, with the Saints posting 14 shutouts in their 55-year history. Overall, this series has been extremely close with eight of the 13 contests being decided by seven points or less, five by three points or less. Below is a look back on the all-time results:

Date | Result | Site | Attendance

  • 12/3/72 | Loss, 17-18 | Shea Stadium | 62,496
  • 12/4/77 | Loss, 13-16 | Superdome | 40,464
  • 12/14/80 | Win, 21-20 | Shea Stadium | 38,077
  • 11/21/83 | Loss, 28-31 | Superdome | 68,606
  • 10/26/86 | Loss, 23-28 | Giants Stadium | 44,246
  • 10/15/89 | Win, 29-14 | Superdome | 59,521
  • 12/26/92 | Win,20-0 | Giants Stadium | 45,614
  • 12/24/95 | Win,12-0 | Giants Stadium | 28,885
  • 11/14/01 | Loss, 9-16 | Superdome | 70,020
  • 11/27/05 | Win, 21-19 | Giants Stadium | 77,152
  • 10/4/09 | Win, 24-10 | Superdome | 70,009
  • 11/3/13 | Loss, 20-26 | MetLife Stadium | 76,957
  • 12/6/21 | Win, 31-19 | Superdome | 73,018

THE LAST MEETING

Saints 31, New York Jets 19; December 17, 2017 @ Mercedes Benz Superdome – Mark Ingram II gave the Saints much more than the first-down run they needed to wind down the clock on the Jets.

Ingram ran for two touchdowns and gained 151 yards from scrimmage, capped by his late 50-yard TD run, and New Orleans overcame three turnovers to defeat the reeling Jets 31-19.

Catch the Saints and Jets battle in Week 15 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Drew Brees completed 26 of 36 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, but also was intercepted deep in New Orleans territory to set up a Jets field goal at the end of the first half.

The Jets, who were eliminated from the playoffs, kept it close until Saints receiver Michael Thomas' fourth-quarter touchdown on a four-yard slant made it 24-13.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-NEW YORK JETS SERIES FAST FACTS

Saints' Largest Margin of Victory vs Jets:

15 (Saints 29, Jets 14, 10/15/89 at Superdome)

Jets' Largest Margin of Victory vs Saints:

7 (Jets 16, Saints 9, 11/4/01 at Superdome)

Current Series Streak:

Saints 1 (12/17/17-present)

Saints' Longest Win Streak vs Jets:

3 (10/15/89-12/24/95)

Jets' Longest Win Streak vs Saints:

2, 2x (12/3/72-12/4/77 and 11/21/83-10/26/86)

Most Points by Saints in a Game vs Jets:

31, (Saints 31, Jets 19, 12/17/21 at Superdome)

Most Points by Jets in a Game vs Saints:

31, Saints 28 (11/21/83 at Superdome) 

Most Combined Points (Both Teams):

59 (Jets 31, Saints 28, 11/21/83 at Superdome)

Fewest Points by Saints in a Game vs Jets:

9, Jets 16 (11/4/01 at Superdome)

Fewest Points by Jets in a Game vs Saints:

0, two times, (12/26/92 at Giants Stadium, 12/24/94 at Giants Stadium)

Fewest Combined Points (Both Teams):

12, (Saints 12, Jets 0, 12/24/95 at Giants Stadium)

NEW YORK JETS WEEK 13 RECAP

The Jets and the Eagles traded punch and counterpunch for six possessions with each offense accounting for three touchdowns. Despite a three-TD effort from QB Zach Wilson and an offense that found its groove early, the Jets dropped a 33-18 contest to Philadelphia (6-7) as the visitors scored on their first seven possessions with backup QB Gardner Minshew at the helm.

 The Jets only had three plays of offense in the third quarter and were held scoreless in the second half. Wilson finished 22 of 38 for 225 yards.

The Eagles scored on all four of their first-half possessions, totaling 24 points and amassing 262 yards of offense. With starting QB Jalen Hurts, the leading rusher on the NFL's top ground attack, out with an ankle injury, the Birds soared with Minshew. The veteran backup went 14-of-15 passing for 188 yards and 2 TDs in the first half -- both scoring passes went to TE Dallas Goedert, who had 5 receptions for 98 yards in 30 minutes of work.

Tevin Coleman led the Jets' rush attack with 58 yards on 11 carries. He also chipped in with 19 yards on 3 receptions.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WEEK 13 RECAP

The New Orleans Saints lost their fifth consecutive game Thursday, Dec. 2, dropping a 27-17 decision to the Dallas Cowboys at the Caesars Superdome.

The loss dropped the Saints to 5-7. This is the Saints' first five-game losing streak since the 2005 season when the team was displaced from New Orleans because of damages to the Superdome and the city from Hurricane Katrina. The team had separate six- and five-game losing streaks that season.

Taysom Hill got the start at quarterback for the Saints, his first start at that position since filling in for Drew Brees for four games during the 2020 season. The fifth-year veteran out of BYU did everything he could to keep the Saints in the game with his legs. He ran the ball 11 times for 101 yards, crossing the 1,000-yard mark for his career and becoming the second Saints quarterback to ever rush for 100 yards in a game (Aaron Brooks, 2000 vs. San Francisco). He was less effective passing, possibly because of an injury to one of the fingers on his throwing hand in the first quarter, completing 19 for 40 yards for 264 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions, three in the fourth quarter.

Running back Mark Ingram II returned from a one-game absence due to injury and had 10 carries for 28 yards, but New Orleans still had to play without star tailback Alvin Kamara, its two starting offensive tackles - Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk - starting tight end Adam Trautman, starting left guard Andrus Peat and three of its top four defensive ends.

Week 14 In the NFC South

The Atlanta Falcons (5-7) travel to the Carolina Panthers (5-7) for a crucial divisional matchup and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3) host the Buffalo Bills (7-4).

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-NEW YORK JETS 2021 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

League Rankings

Table inside Article
Saints Jets
Record 5-7 3-9
Scoring Avg. (NFL Rank) 22.8 (17t) 18.1 (26)
Opp. Scoring Avg. (NFL Rank) 23.0 (19) 30.6 (32)
Total Off. (NFL Rank) 317.3 (23) 327.0 (21)
Rushing Off. (NFL Rank) 114.7 (14) 84.7 (30)
Passing Off. (NFL Rank) 202.7 (25) 242.3 (12)
Total Def. (NFL Rank) 346.5 (14) 396.8 (32)
Rushing Def. (NFL Rank) 96.4 (5) 133.4 (30)
Passing Def. (NFL Rank) 250.1 (22) 263.4 (29)
Kickoff Return Avg. (NFL Rank) 22.8 (15) 26.6 (3)
Punt Return Avg. (NFL Rank) 10.6 (6) 13.6 (2)
Turnover Margin (NFL Rank) +1 (12t) -16 (32)
Penalties 72 82
Penalty Yards 593 661
Opp. Penalties 68 65
Opp. Penalty Yards 570 638

Check out the support from Saints fans in Week 15 against the Jets.

SAINTS-JETS CONNECTIONS

  • LB Demario Davis was a third round draft pick of the Jets in 2012 and played there from 2012-15 and in 2017
  • QB Trevor Siemian and WR Ty Montgomery played for the Jets in 2019
  • RB Mark Ingram II was born in Hackensack, N.J
  • G/T James Hurst and Jets QB Joe Flacco were teammates in Baltimore from 2014-18
  • Jets WR Elijah Moore and TE Kenny Yeboah starred at the University of Misissippi
  • Secondary Coach Kris Richard, Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh and Def. Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich served on the same Seattle coaching staff. Richard and Ulbrich were teammates in San Francisco in 2005.
  • Richard and Jets Safeties Coach Marquand Manuel were teammates in Seattle in 2004 and served on the same Seahawks staff from 2012-14
  • Jets Def. Asst. Ricky Manning served on Richard's defensive staff when he was def. coordinator of the Seahawks from 2016-17
  • Jets Def. Asst. Chip Vaughn was a fourth round draft pick of New Orleans in 2009
  • Saints Football Administration Associate Tosan Eyetsemitan and Jets G Greg Van Roten were teammates at Penn
  • Dir. of Pro Scouting Michael Parenton spent part 2009 on the Jets practice squad
  • S Malcolm Jenkins prepped at Piscataway (N.J.) HS and was a teammate of Jets Wide Receivers Coach Miles Austin with the Eagles in 2015
  • VP of Football Administration Khai Harley is a Somerville, N.J. native and graduate of Rutgers
  • Senior Defensive Assistant Peter Giunta served as defensive backs coach of the Jets from 1995-96
  • WR Michael Thomas uncle Keyshawn Johnson was selected by the Jets with the first overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft and played for them from 1996-99
  • Special Teams Coordinator Darren Rizzi is a Hillsdale, N.J. native who prepped at Bergen Catholic HS and served on the Rutgers staff from 2002-07.
  • Rizzi and Jets Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator John Benton served on the same Miami Dolphins staff as Rizzi from 2014-15.
  • Rizzi and Jets Senior Defensive Assistant/Cornerbacks Coach Tony Oden, who served on the New Orleans staff from 2006-11, served on the same Dolphins staff in 2018
  • Asst. Special Teams Coach Phil Galiano spent eight years at Rutgers over three stinks, most recently as special teams coordinator/tight ends coach in 2015
  • Offensive Line Coach Brendan Nugent prepped at Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) HS and received his first coaching job at his alma mater in 2004, overseeing the linebackers
  • Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Line Ryan Nielsen coached the defensive line and linebackers at Central Connecticut in 2009
  • Jets Tight Ends Coach Ron Middleton is an Atmore, Al. native, who prepped at Escambia County (Atmore, Al.) HS
  • Exec. Dir. of Communications Doug Miller was a member of the Jets PR staff from 1990-2006
  • Jets OL Isaiah Williams spent part of the 2018 season on the Saints practice squad
  • New Orleans T Jordan Mills and Jets T Connor McDermott and DE Shaq Lawson were teammates in Buffalo.
  • New Orleans OL Caleb Benenoch and McDermott were college teammates at UCLA
  • WR Marquez Callaway, RB Alvin Kamara, DT Shy Tuttle and Jets DT Kyle Phillips were teammates at Tennessee
  • Jets DT Sheldon Rankins was a first round pick of the Saints in 2016, playing for the Black and Gold from 2016-20
  • New Orleans LB Chase Hansen and Jets CB Javelin Guidry were teammates at Utah
  • Jets CB Justin Hardee played for New Orleans from 2017-20 and was a teammate of Saints CB Marshon Lattimore at Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio) HS
  • New Orleans LB Zack Baun and New York CB Rachad Wildgoose were teammates at Wisconsin
  • New Orleans LB Pete Werner father, Greg, played tight end for the Jets in 1990
  • TE Nick Vannett and Jets T George Fant were teammates in Seattle in 2019
  • K Brett Maher was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jets in 2013 and went to training camp with them in 2020.

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