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Scouting report: New Orleans Saints vs. New York Jets
By Bob Fortus, The Times-Picayune
September 29, 2009, 10:58PM


New York is tied for 20th in the league in yards per game and is tied for 12th in points. . . . The Jets are tied for 10th in rushing yards, but against the Titans, New York averaged 2.7 yards per carry. . . . Running backs Thomas Jones and Leon Washington have been the primary ball carriers. Jones has rushed for 181 yards on 48 carries, and Washington has 164 yards on 41 carries. . . . Former LSU player Alan Faneca, a New Orleans native who began his pro career with the Steelers in 1998 before going to the Jets in 2008, is an eight-time Pro Bowl guard. . . . Another key lineman is left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who has started every game since he was drafted in the first round in 2006. . . . The Jets rank 25th in passing yardage. . . . Sanchez has completed 49 of 83 passes for 606 yards and four touchdowns. He has thrown two interceptions and been sacked five times. . . . He's nimble in the pocket but sometimes is careless with the ball. The Titans stripped it from him twice on sacks, recovering once. The Jets allowed three Tennessee sacks. . . . New York's leading receiver is Jerricho Cotchery, who has caught 18 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown. He caught 235 passes the past three seasons.


New York's physical pressure defense has allowed 256 yards per game, third-best in the league, and ranks second in points allowed. The Jets rank sixth in passing yards allowed and ninth in rushing yards allowed. . . . Cornerbacks Lito Sheppard (quadriceps) and Donald Strickland (ankle) didn't play against Tennessee, but Ryan said he's hopeful that they'll play against the Saints. Nick Lowery replaced Sheppard, and Drew Coleman filled in for Strickland in nickel coverage. . . . Bart Scott and David Harris give New York a solid 1-2 punch at linebacker. Scott, who came over as a free agent from Baltimore, made nine tackles against Tennessee. Harris made five tackles and intercepted a pass. He also had a sack, his second this season. . . Safety Eric Smith intercepted a pass and made five tackles...

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