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Sharper Scores Again; Saints Remain Unbeaten with 24-10 Win Over Jets

Who would have known that when the Saints got Darren Sharper this offseason, he would be this much of an impact this soon. Sunday Sharper was at it again, adding two more picks, one for a club record 99-yard score as the Saints moved to 4-0 with a 24-10 win over the Jets at the Superdome.

“Sharp’s been a great addition,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. “You look at his productivity here over the first four games … that’s pretty impressive.” The Jets were able to hold Brees in check, as he had 190 yards passing and no touchdowns.

After averaging 40 points through their first three games, the Saints didn’t score an offensive touchdown until Pierre Thomas barreled in from a yard out with 6:07 left. Yet that was enough for two-touchdown win. “It’s not about one side of the ball versus the other,” coach Sean Payton said. “All three phases are needed to win football games and I thought we did that today.”

Sharper has been a beast for the Saints, as he already has five picks this season, and two of them have gone for scores. Last season in Minnesota he had just one pick, and the season before that four, meaning this season he’s already reached the number for the past two seasons.

“The Saints outplayed us today,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “They forced a lot of turnovers and scored with them. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They ran the ball pretty effectively against us as well.”

Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez was 14 of 27 passes for 138 yards and was sacked four times. That still might have been good enough if not for his four turnovers. Saints cornerback Randall Gay also intercepted Sanchez inside the final two minutes, allowing New Orleans to run out the clock.

“My mistakes killed us. They absolutely killed us,” Sanchez said. “The defense played well enough to win. That whole game is 10-10 without three interceptions and a fumble. You turn the ball over like that in this league, and you can’t win.” He learned that Sunday the hard way.

The Saints are 4-0 for the first time since 1993, and with Sharper and Brees playing great football, they will be a force in the NFC in 2009.

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One Response to “Sharper Scores Again; Saints Remain Unbeaten with 24-10 Win Over Jets”

  1. jjc says:

    You have some Saints fans sitting in section 128 who do not deserve to be at an NFL event. My wife and I attended the Jets game Sunday and sat in section 128 row 30 seats 15 and 16. We were hit with empty beer bottles, soda cups, food and subjected to an endless verbal barrage. Many looked on as a few idiots demonstrated why your city is not rebuilt. You are an embarrassment. Whatever success you do attain you are ill equippped to handle.

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