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10-4, 1st in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton, not surprisingly, wasn't all that satisfied with the win over Jets: "Good to get the win. I didn't feel it was one of our better games. But overall we did what we needed to do."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore closes out the 31-19 win over the Jets with an interception as time expires -- and helps pad his Defensive Rookie of the Year candidacy in the process. It was ugly at times for the Saints, but they got enough big plays from their big-time players like WR Michael Thomas, RBs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, DE Cameron Jordan, Lattimore and QB Drew Brees to make it feel easy in the end.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

How's that for an exclamation point? After the Saints (barely) recovered the onside kick, Mark Ingram breaks loose for a 50-yard TD to raise New Orleans' lead to 12 points. And in the process, Ingram is now over 1,000 rushing yards for the second year in a row.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have allowed the Jets to make things somewhat interesting with a 32-yard PI call against safety Kenny Vaccaro and a 2-yard TD run by RB Eli McGuire. The Saints will need to survive an onside kick attempt as they try and protect a 24-19 lead with 1:51 remaining.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Thomas wasn't going to be denied all day. He finally caught a TD pass on a 4-yard slant after having two TDs overturned by inches on replay earlier in the game. And the TD drive was all Thomas (four catches for 50 yards as Drew Brees just started firing toward his go-to receiver and letting him fight for it). In the process, Thomas also became just the second WR in NFL history with 90-plus catches in each of his first two seasons, joining Odell Beckham Jr.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints keep doing everything they can to keep the Jets alive in the Superdome. WR Brandon Coleman coughed up his second fumble in consecutive drives after converting a third down inside the Jets' 20-yard line. New Orleans still leads 17-13 but is losing the turnover battle 3-1 early in the fourth quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints have ruled G Larry Warford out of the game with a concussion, which he suffered late in the second quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas has now had two TDs overturned by inches on replay review today -- this time a 32-yarder when officials ruled that he stepped on the back line of the end zone by a toe. Not only did it wipe six points off the board, but it wiped away a much-needed big play for New Orleans' offense, which has been sluggish since the second quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

So much for the Saints tying up the turnover battle. They gave it right back to the Jets on a fumble by WR Brandon Coleman inside New York's 10-yard line and now trail the takeaway battle 2-1 while clinging to a 17-13 lead late in the third quarter. The Saints' offense has been so sluggish since the second quarter that some home fans have started booing after run stuffs and screen passes being swarmed.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints are back in scoring position after a much-needed takeaway by the defense to even the turnover battle at 1-1. LB Craig Robertson reeled in an interception after CB Ken Crawley deflected a pass attempt by Jets QB Bryce Petty.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Another three-and-out for the Saints offense, which has been stuck in the mud since the second quarter. New Orleans is 1-of-6 on third downs today, and the Jets have done a great job of keeping the Saints' run game quiet. The dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have made some big plays in the pass game, but they have combined for just 39 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Bryce Petty decided to test Saints rookie CB Marshon Lattimore -- and Lattimore passed the test by rejecting a third-and-goal pass to WR Robby Anderson in the end zone. The Jets had to settle for a FG on the long drive, which was highlighted by a 38-yard pass to RB Elijah McGuire in a mismatch against Saints LB Manti Te'o.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Turnovers, as always, are a great equalizer. The Saints outgained the Jets 221 yards to 103 in the first half. But the Jets forced the only takeaway -- an interception that set up a field goal just before halftime to cut New Orleans' lead to 17-10. The Saints' defense minimized the damage, though, thanks in part to a nice tackle-for-loss by rookie CB Marshon Lattimore, who is having another strong day while shadowing receiver Robby Anderson.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees' 7th interception of the season was an ugly one. He tried to force the ball off while being hit by Jets d-lineman Xavier Cooper, and the ball went right into the waiting arms of Jets d-lineman Leonard Williams inside the Saints' 20-yard line. Making matters worse, Saints G Larry Warford was injured by a helmet-to-helmet hit on the return and was down for a few minutes before being helped off by trainers.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui has been ruled out with a concussion. Saints thin at the position with Coby Fleener already on IR with a concussion.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Alvin Kamara with the TD reception on an angle route in the red zone. So quick out of the break. That's tough on the LB in coverage. Kamara now has 66 total yards on seven touches.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees was already on pace to set the NFL record for completion percentage in a season this year (for the third time in his career). He's helping that cause today by starting 13-of-15 for 177 yards and a TD.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram both have a touchdown today (what's new) after a pretty pitch-and-catch from Drew Brees to Kamara for a 10-yard score and a 10-point lead. After the TD, Kamara did his usual leap up to the fans, but this time he climbed all the way into the seats and started dancing with them.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Penalties and run defense killed the Saints on New York's first TD drive. The Saints gave New York new life on third-and-9, thanks to back-to-back penalties against DT Sheldon Rankins for encroachment and S Kenny Vaccaro for pass interference. And the Jets ran the ball 10 times for 47 yards -- including their final seven plays of the drive. New Orleans needs to force Jets QB Bryce Petty to be more involved by stopping the run.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Goal line TD run for Mark Ingram. That gives Ingram 85 total yards in the first quarter on eight touches.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton's aggressive nature pays off again as they convert a fourth-and-2 from the Jets' 7-yard line with a WR screen to Michael Thomas. RB Mark Ingram followed with a 1-yard TD run to give the Saints a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. The Saints are now 11-of-13 on fourth-down conversions this season, per ESPN Stats and Information. The 84.6 conversion percentage is by far the best in the NFL (Jaguars are 2nd at 72.7).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Mark Ingram did another Alvin Kamara impression (as he referred to one of his big gains two weeks ago) on a 54-yard screen pass on New Orleans' opening drive. Ingram made one Jets defender miss, then he appeared to break free from another with a stiff-arm, but officials ruled he stepped out of bounds at the 10-yard line. The Saints had to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead after that. Ingram is now over 1,300 yards from scrimmage this year with Kamara close behind.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RBs Alvin Kamara (1,017 yards) and Mark Ingram (974 yards) rank second and fourth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage since Week 6, and they are tied for the league lead with nine touchdowns apiece in that span. They are on pace to become the first RB duo in NFL history with than 1,500 scrimmage yards apiece. Ingram needs 29 rushing yards Sunday for his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas needs five receptions today to join Odell Beckham Jr. as the only players in NFL history with at least 90 catches in each of their first two seasons. Thomas is also on pace to become the first player in Saints history with 100-plus catches this year.

Team Stats

Passing Yards265.24th
Rushing Yards135.54th
Points For28.53rd
Points Against20.211th