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 brother wasn't the main one.
Oh, Rex mentioned beating 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.
But many other aspects of yet another victory in an odd-numbered game thrilled the Jets boss.
"All right, I beat my brother again. Just kidding," Rex said, laughing. "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."
This win was built on big plays by Rex's pride and joy, defense. The offense and special teams came up with huge plays, too.
Nick Folk stayed perfect this season with four field goals. The defense held quarterback Drew Brees and the high-scoring Saints to six points in the second half, and New York had seven plays of at least 19 yards against Rob Ryan's defense.
Rob was not made available to reporters after the game.
Interceptions by DeMario Davis and Antonio Cromartie and a fourth-and-inches stop highlighted New York's solid defensive performance, and former Saint 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. "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.