BY NICK ST. DENIS
The New York Jets have struggled with turnovers on both sides of the ball through the first half of the season. In Week 9, the Jets didn't turn it over, but they did turn it around.
Gang Green entered their cross-conference bout with the New Orleans Saints with a minus-12 turnover ratio having snagged just three interceptions through eight games.
Sunday, however, the Jets picked off Drew Brees twice, and the offense, which didn't fumble or throw an interception, converted both turnovers into points.
"It was really outstanding," Jets coach Rex Ryan said after the game, via NewYorkJets.com. "We’ve been waiting all year to create some turnovers. We got two today and had another one called back on a penalty. That was a tough one."
Linebacker Demario Davis' first-quarter pick came on the Saints' third play of their second possession and helped the Jets to the first lead of the game in the form of a Nick Folk field goal.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie snagged the Jets' second interception in the second quarter, which the offense turned into a touchdown to regain the lead.
New York also forced a fumble on Brees, which was recovered by the Saints, and it had other opportunities through the air, as the defense finished with seven defensed passes on the box score.
"We had a couple other ones that I felt we had a shot at, which is a great sign for us," Ryan said. "We’re going against an outstanding football team in the Saints with Sean Payton and my brother there. That’s a well-coached team and they have a lot of players over there. There’s great effort."
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