Zach Sudfeld had two receptions for the Jets against the Saints, good for 46 yards. The Jets had 140 yards passing. (Al Bello / Getty Images)
East Rutherford, N.J. — Rex Ryan found plenty of things to brag about after his Jets upset the Saints, 26-20, Sunday. His impressive string of wins over his twin wasn’t the main one.
Oh, Rex mentioned beating brother Rob, the New Orleans defensive coordinator, for the seventh time in 10 matchups. How could he not, given the competitive nature of the twins, something they got from their father, Buddy, who went 55-55-1 as an NFL head coach? Buddy, 79, was at the game.
But there were so many other aspects of yet another victory in an odd-numbered game that thrilled the Jets boss.
“All right, I beat my brother again. Just kidding,” Rex said with a laugh.
“Yeah, there’s a little extra, but at the end of the day, now you realize that your bro just took a loss, so that’s the tough thing. I pull for them every single week except one.”
The Jets (5-4) win every other week. They tied the 2005 Patriots for the longest such string to begin a season, according to STATS.
This win was built on big plays by Rex’s pride and joy, the defense. The offense and special teams came up with some huge plays, too.
“We didn’t know how we’d win and all that, but we told our team, ‘All I know is we’ve got a team that believes and fights until the end and we find a way,’ ” Rex Ryan said. “And that’s really what we did.”
Nick Folk remained perfect this season by kicking four field goals, the defense held Drew Brees and the Saints (6-2) to six points in the second half, and New York had seven plays of at least 19 yards against Rob Ryan’s D.
Rob was not made available to reporters by the Saints.
Interceptions by Demario Davis and Antonio Cromartie and a fourth-and-inches stop highlighted New York’s defensive performance, and former Saints running back Chris Ivory rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown.
“They did a really good job scheming us and figuring out how to get those runs on us, how to get Ivory the ball and get some positive plays on us,” said Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who made his 2013 debut after recovering from a knee injury. “They did a very good job and deserved to win this game. Ivory got the ball and had 9 or 10 yards before someone touches him.”
Folk is 23 for 23 on field goals and 14 of 14 on extra points.
“Guys, how about that year?” Ryan said.
“It’s not that it’s a given, but you think, ‘OK, Folk Hero, knock it through. Let’s go.’”
New Orleans got two touchdown catches from Jimmy Graham, giving him 10 this season, but did little in the second half, even resorting to a reverse to rookie tight end Josh Hill on fourth-and-inches in the final period.
The brothers hugged at midfield after the game.