New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan got to compete against his brother, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The Ryan brothers squared off, where Rex moved to 5-0 over Rob in their head-to-head matchups throughout their coaching careers.
After allowing two touchdowns to the Saints in the first half, the stout Jets defense held them to two field goals in the second half. Rex Ryan also won the battle of gurus, edging out New Orleans head coach Sean Payton 26-20 for the win.
Pictured above, between the Ryan brothers, their father Buddy Ryan. He was also a defensive guru back in his day, paving the way for his sons. Buddy Ryan was a controversial figure that rebuilt the Philadelphia Eagles franchise, averaging 10 wins per season after the initial year of cleaning house. Before that he was the defensive coordinator for the Monsters of the Midway defense, where the Bears carried him and head coach Mike Ditka off the field after destroying the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. By the way, this was the first time two coaches got carried off the field.
Running back Chris Ivory spent a few years buried on the Saints depth chart. So far this season he has been trying to get healthy to make an impact for his new team. A couple of weeks ago he got the rock 34 times for 104 yards, spearheading a rushing attack that kept the Patriots offense and Tom Brady off the field. Last week he only got six touches, in large part to the Jets falling behind early in a blowout loss to Cincinnati.
Ivory was introduced last in the lineup, running out of the tunnel and he never stopped on Sunday. In front of his new home crowd facing his former teammates and coaches, he maximized 18 carries for 139 yards and score. It was a breakout performance for an emotional Ivory, who might leap-frog placeholder Bilal Powell for the starting role. New York enters their bye week, getting some rest and extra time to prepare for a division game up the road at Buffalo.