A visit to East Rutherford against the Moore-less Jets was enough to end the Saints’ losing streak.
- New York Jets 9 (3-10)
- New Orleans Saints 30 (6-7)
- NFL, Week 14, Final, Box Score
- MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Behind 145 total yards from Alvin Kamara, the New Orleans Saints ended the NFL’s longest active losing streak at five with a 23-9 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
The Jets (3-10) have now put up double-digit losses for the fifth time over the last six seasons, doomed to yet another defeat through an offensive effort that featured only 10 first downs and 202 total yards.
The battle of BYU quarterbacks got off to a dreary start: Zach Wilson and the Jets went three-and-out on their first trio of possessions while the Saints only put up a Brett Maher field goal.
In New York’s defensive endeavors, Kyle Phillips tallied his first sack in nearly two calendar years.
Love to see Kyle Phillips playing well since his return. Very underrated player. pic.twitter.com/PYlf7cxw0N
— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) December 12, 2021
But the Jets were unable to generate any consistent offensive momentum, with the exception of Braxton Berrios’ 28-yard return that set up a short Eddy Pineiro field goal.
More punts were exchanged before the Saints (6-7) finally got things rolling via a 54-yard scoring drive that needed only six plays to pull off.
A highlight reel play from Kamara from 16 yards away permanently put New Orleans ahead.
The NFL is too easy for Alvin Kamara. He needs an NFL+.
— Joey (@SoManyWays2Joey) December 12, 2021
New York had some semblance of offensive momentum late in the half when they ended the half on a 10-play drive that went 47 yards. Pineiro earned another triple, this one from 46 yards away, to close out the first half-hour.
Things only downhill from there for the Jets, who suffered without the services of injured rookies Michael Carter and Elijah Moore.
More Maher field goals created a two-possession lead while two more rushing scores, this one coming from the legs of quarterback Taysom Hill created the final margin and further insult to injury for the Jets.
Taysom Hill goes untouched into the end zone!
Saints take a 23-6 lead. #Saints
— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2021
Taysom Hill ices it with a 44-yard TD run! #Saints
— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2021
Pineiro was one of the Jets’ rare brights spots through a 3-for-3 kicking day from three-point range. Shaq Lawson and Ashtyn Davis also shared a sack.
New York had one more chance to make the score semi-respectable, but Wilson’s would-be touchdown run was stopped one yard short.
The Jets return to action against the Miami Dolphins next Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. ET, CBS).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags
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