(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints are looking to improve to 7-1 on Sunday when they take on the New York Jets (4-4) at MetLife Stadium.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 2,290 yards and 19 touchdowns so far in 2013 and spoke this week about preparing for a Rex Ryan led defense.
“Obviously we don’t get a chance to play against a Rex Ryan defense, just like you would say a Bill Belichick defense or anybody really in the AFC all that often. As you reflect on when he was in Baltimore as a coordinator or the last time with the Jets, the reputation and everything that you’ve seen on film. You know that they’re extremely well-coached,” Brees said on Wednesday.
Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has thrown 13 interceptions and only eight touchdowns this season, but Brees has been impressed with Smith.
“I think he’s handled himself very well. All their wins have been come-from-behind victories in which he’s orchestrated an impressive fourth quarter drive. Their team is making plays around him. I think he’s done very, very well. Just knowing all the things that go with playing quarterback in this league and as a rookie, in that big market, obviously high expectations and the circumstances surrounding him and getting the starting job, I think he’s done very well,” Brees said.
Ryan understands the challenge ahead with facing one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
“Yikes. That is pretty much it. The dude is a surgeon. He just picks you apart. He can make all the throws, all the protocols and things, poised, sees the field, so accurate. Other than that he’s not very good. He extends plays. It’s as good as it gets. I’m just happy Miami never got him because we would have to play him twice a year, now it’s only once every four years I think,” Ryan said on a conference call.
The Jets are 3-1 at home this season.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN