New York Jets’ upset win over the Saints actually somewhat predictable

Saints QB Drew Brees fumbles the ball as he is sacked against the New York Jets on Sunday. (USA...

Saints QB Drew Brees fumbles the ball as he is sacked against the New York Jets on Sunday. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 PM ET

TORONTO -- The New York Jets are nothing if not predictable. They win, then they lose, then they win again. Rinse and repeat. Sunday’s upset victory, 26-20 over visiting New Orleans, kept the trend alive and brought the 5-4 Jets into a tie with the 2005 New England Patriots for the longest win-lose-win-lose streak to begin a season. Geno Smith didn’t do much at quarterback and Drew Brees passed for 382 yards, but New York’s defence carried the day, Chris Ivory rushed for 139 yards against his former team and Nick Folk hit four more field goals. Antonio Cromartie and DeMario Davis made huge interceptions, Brees was sacked twice and could produce only six points of offence in the second half and the Jets stopped the Saints on fourth and inches, a huge momentum builder. It didn’t help Brees that wide receiver Marques Colston didn’t play and do-everything running back Darren Sproles got hurt on the first drive. Jimmy Graham, back in form with a pair of touchdowns and 116 yards receiving, couldn’t do it all on his own. Meanwhile, Rex Ryan improved to 7-3 lifetime in games coaching against his twin brother Rob, the defensive coordinator who has improved things at that end so much for New Orleans, 6-2 this year. New York rose to 4-1 at MetLife Stadium and bounced back from a 40-point loss. Rex Ryan admitted there was “a little extra” in beating his brother, but spent far more time afterward complimenting his kicker. “Guys, how about that year? It’s not that it’s a given, but you think: ‘OK, Folk Hero, knock it through. Let’s go.’” Folk has hit all 23 field goal attempts this season along with 14-of-14 kicking on extra points. One positive for New Orleans was the season debut of linebacker Jonathan Vilma. FOLES ROLLS If somebody told you an Eagles quarterback would tie an NFL single-game record this season, you would have picked Michael Vick to turn the trick, right? Wrong. Nick Foles joined Peyton Manning, George Blanda, Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, Joe Kapp and Y.A. Tittle with seven touchdown passes against Oakland on Sunday. Foles put on a clinic from the start, torching the hapless Raiders defence. Manning started the year by joining the seven touchdown club. Now, Foles has joined him. He could have gone for the record, but the Eagles put in Matt Barkley to mop up. Foles came in with six touchdown passes for the year, the same number he managed in 2012. He threw fewer incompletions (six) than touchdowns in this one. THE 400 CLUB How many times do you see a quarterback throw for 400 yards and get thoroughly outdueled? It doesn’t happen often, but Tom Brady’s brilliance against Pittsburgh made Ben Roethlisberger’s outing seem ho hum. The Pittsburgh QB threw for four touchdowns and 400 yards on the nose, but was intercepted twice and sacked five times. Roethlisberger also misfired on 20 passes (on 48 attempts). Meanwhile, Brady spread the wealth, throwing four touchdowns of his own to three different players in a 432 yard, zero interception aerial show. Brady was 23-for-33 and enjoyed having Rob Gronkowski healthy. The big target made nine catches. It was a three-point game heading into the fourth quarter. Then Brady, aided by a good running game, took control again and found Aaron Dobson for a pair of touchdown passes. No team has scored more points this season than New England’s 55 and it was the most Pittsburgh has ever conceded. QUICK HITS Dallas trailed at the half for only the second time all season ... Cowboys guard Brian Waters is done for the season and might be done as a player again. He came back after 1½ years off to join Dallas, but suffered three injuries — strained rib, hyperextended knee and a torn triceps against Detroit last week — and is now finished for at least the year ... Josh Freeman is healthy, yet was inactive Sunday, as Matt Cassel backed up Christian Ponder for the Vikings ... Dallas was without DeMarcus Ware again, the third straight week he was sidelined ... New England cornerback Aqib Talib was inactive for the third game in a row due to a strained hip flexor. HERSCHEL HAPPY AP STAYED Adrian Peterson didn’t get moved in a Herschel Walker-esque blockbuster before Tuesday’s trade deadline, and Walker thinks Minnesota made the right call. Earlier this week, the legendary running back, who was famously dealt from Dallas to Minnesota for a boatload of players and picks that eventually helped create a Cowboys dynasty, said Peterson is too important to the franchise to be moved. Walker told the St. Paul Pioneer Press “it would be an insult” to move Peterson. “Adrian has done so much for the Vikings that, unless he asks for a trade, then that would be insulting.” Added Walker, “he’s played his heart out, he came back from that knee injury. They can build the team back up.” Peterson posted his monster numbers after a rapid recovery from a major ACL injury. Peterson had an incredible touchdown run against Dallas on Sunday and rushed for 140 yards, matching his season high, set in a Week 4 win over Pittsburgh. Walker, ninth in NFL history with 18,168 all-purpose yards and one of the most dominant players in college football history, also said in the interview that he should be enshrined in Canton. “Without a doubt in my mind I should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” he said. MONDAY NIGHT MISMATCH Monday night’s NFL tilt could be an ugly one. No Jay Cutler, no Lance Briggs for the Bears against a far better Packers squad playing at Lambeau no less. Not that a Bears loss would be a big change from recent meetings. Green Bay has won six straight games against bitter rival Chicago. Aaron Rodgers is 9-2 against Da Bears, who come in 26th in pass defence. Chicago’s also just 25th in the league in rush defence, which could prove troublesome, since rookie Eddie Lacy has been tremendous. The Packers intend to lighten Lacy’s workload a bit, he had 29 carries last time out and the team would like to cut him back to around 20, allowing James Starks to get some work. This will be the 185th time the teams have played each other. Josh McCown will replace Cutler against a middling pass defence that ranks just 19th in the NFL. He wasn’t bad on Oct. 20, when he threw for 204 yards, completing 14-of-20 pass attempts. Green Bay will be without Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley, Nick Perry is doubtful, James Jones questionable. BLACKOUTS ON THE OUT? You’d be hard pressed to find an NFL fan that actually likes the league’s blackout rule. That’s why many will be celebrating the proposed removal of the rule. According to the Buffalo News, the FCC, after long talks with the league, has proposed getting rid of it. “Changes in the marketplace have raised questions about whether these rules are still in the public interest, particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economy make it difficult for many sports fans to attend games,” FCC acting chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn said in the report. The league apparently will review the facts, but league spokesman Greg Aiello responded by pointing out that there have not been any local blackouts through the first 133 games of the season. The FCC has raised the issue in the past and not too long ago, Senator John McCain introduced legislation that would stop blackouts in stadiums that were funded at least in part by tax-payers. The NFL has maintained that the rule helps keep games on regular television, instead of having to go the pay-per-view route, but has not received much report from the public for that stance. BIG DEAL FOR BRYANT? Dez wants a deal. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is often in the news and in the midst of a strong season, it’s no surprise that talk of a new contract has arisen. Bryant’s advisor David Wells told the NFL Network that Bryant looks forward to signing a long-term deal after the season. It’s not clear exactly how the Cowboys will reward the playmaker, since the team is currently slated to be $30 million US or so over the salary cap. Bryant’s rookie contract is set to expire and he’s due $1.78 million in base salary. Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald make north of $16 million a season, five others earn between $11-12.8 million and teammate Miles Austin’s average salary is $9 million. Each of the NFL’s 14 highest-paid receivers got at least $12.5 million in guaranteed money and many got over $20 million guaranteed. Dallas will have to get creative to keep Bryant happy. Bryant had a bit of a wild day Sunday, getting nailed for a 15-yard penalty for removing his helmet while arguing an offensive pass interference call. Bryant claimed afterward that he didn’t know he couldn’t take off his helmet. He also made a key drop, but later made a huge completion, helping to set up Dallas’ winning touchdown.

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