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Michael Taylor 3rd Oct 2009 - 12:44

The Saints can march past Jets defence

In the pick of the weekend's games, the 3-0 New Orleans Saints welcome the 3-0 New York Jets to the Louisiana Superdome and it looks like a classic match-up between one of the best offences in the NFL against one of the best defences.

Rex Ryan arrived in New York from Baltimore with a reputation for tough, creative defensive plays and he's certainly not disappointed in his short time.

They are blitzing at the right times, getting pressure on the quarterback and making good offences look poor at times - the difference this week though is that they're going up against an aerial threat that all too often makes defences look silly.

Drew Brees has been simply incredible through the opening stages of the season, leading the NFL in touchdowns (9) and QB rating (118.1), and he will be fairly confident that he gets enough protection from the line to rip the rapidly-learning Jets defence up.

The truth is after watching the Jets last week, I am not 100% sure they're as good as their unbeaten record would suggest.

They flew out of the blocks against Tennessee, piling on fourteen points before the Titans had worked out why everyone was dressed in retro gear but, from there, rookie QB Mark Sanchez looked far from the finished article.

Sanchez got nervous, had too many problems holding on to the football and was lucky that his defence completely shutdown veteran QB Kerry Collins, not allowing a completion on any of the final thirteen attempts.

Brees though is better than Collins and even New York's defence couldn't keep him quiet for that long - try asking the Philadelphia Eagles about that after the Saints mauled them in week two.

It's not just an aerial threat that Ryan has to contend with either, thanks to the great form of Pierre Thomas and the open field skills of Reggie Bush.

All that should be required for the Saints to overcome the 7 point spread (10/11) is stopping Thomas Jones and putting a bit of pressure on the young QB - it could prove an absolute steal.

In the televised games on Sunday the one that stands out is Dallas overcoming a three point spread in Denver.

The Broncos may have started 3-0 and have the number one ranked defence but they haven't played anyone even resembling a play-off contender yet.

Dallas should be in the mix in December plus Tony Romo still has a lot to prove as he attempts to get rid of the choker tag.

I just think the Broncos deceptively good start to the season could turn into a bookies nightmare if everybody piles on the Dallas side of the 10/11 three point spread market.





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