WR Robby Anderson -- When his quarterback is Bryce Petty, Anderson knows he'll get a lot of action. They have good chemistry, dating to the 2016 preseason. That rapport was non-existent on Sunday, which hurt the overall passing offense. Anderson played one of his worst games of the season, dropping two balls and finishing with only five catches on 12 targets. Why no deep shots to Anderson? Petty said the Saints neutralized that by playing "off" coverage. A few weeks ago, Anderson appeared to be a lock to surpass the 1,000-yard mark, but he's huffing and puffing toward the finish line. With 888 yards and two games left, it'll be close.
Petty -- The best thing he did was limit negative plays. For 59 minutes, he had only one turnover and no sacks. On the flip side, Petty failed to generate positive momentum for the offense. Afforded excellent field position, the Petty-led offense scored only three points off three turnovers. You can't beat a team like the Saints by doing that. Petty struggled against standard pressure, completing only seven of 21 passes for 62 yards and two interceptions against four or fewer pass rushers -- the third-worst completion percentage this season. It was a shaky performance by Petty, but he will remain the starter, coach Todd Bowles said after the game.
The linebackers -- Early on, the pass coverage was dreadful, as the Jets had no answers for Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The two running backs finished with a combined 11 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Darron Lee and Demario Davis were victimized in coverage. In fact, Lee got beat on Kamara's 10-yard touchdown catch. Bowles said they lacked "attention to detail" on those plays, adding, "We got that under control. I thought we played pretty well until the last play" -- Ingram's 50-yard touchdown run.
Pre-snap penalties -- The Jets managed to screw up some pretty basic things, resulting in three inexcusable penalties -- 12 men on the field, illegal substitution and illegal formation. "It shouldn't happen," Bowles said. "We had 12 men, so it wasn't good from the sideline, from the coaches or the players."
CB Buster Skrine -- Continuing his recent surge, Skrine played perhaps his best game of the season -- five tackles (one for loss), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up. That disastrous game in Miami seems like a long time ago.
DE Leonard Williams -- The hulking lineman made the first interception of his career. Unfortunately, Williams didn't get a chance to finish the game, as he left in the fourth quarter with a concussion. One interesting note about interceptions: The defensive line (Williams, Kony Ealy and Muhammad Wilkerson) has three interceptions, only one fewer than the starting secondary.
RB Elijah McGuire -- Playing near his hometown, Houma, Louisiana, McGuire scored a touchdown and recorded a team-high 72 yards from scrimmage. He ran a wheel route and hauled in a 38-yard reception, the Jets' longest gain of the day.
S Jamal Adams -- The former LSU star, playing for the first time in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, was active with a team-high eight tackles and a forced fumble, his first of the season. He's still looking for his first NFL interception.