NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The much-maligned defense of the New York Jets forced four turnovers and benefited from offensive lineman Kyle Turley losing his cool in the waning moments Sunday night to down the New Orleans Saints, 16-9.
Ranked 24th in the NFL defensively and last against the run, the Jets intercepted Aaron Brooks twice and also recovered a pair of fumbles. Brooks lost one of the fumbles in his own territory in the fourth quarter that led to a field goal.
Despite his struggles, Brooks drove the Saints all the way to the New York six with just over a minute left, trying to bring back his team from a 16-9 deficit.
But a mistake by Turley may have cost the Saints the game.
On second down, Brooks ran around left end and was stopped for a short gain. Safety Damien Robinson grabbed Brooks' facemask and was called for a personal foul.
Turley became entangled in a scrum, and was hit with a pair of personal fouls and ejected after coming out of the pile with a New York helmet and throwing it in the air. The penalty set the Saints back to the 20 and Brooks threw a pair of incompletions before being sacked by John Abraham on fourth and 17.
New Orleans had five possessions inside the Jets' 20 in the game and scored just one touchdown.
The Jets also bottled up Ricky Williams, the NFC's leading rusher, holding him to 58 yards on 19 carries. New York came into the contest having allowed 156.7 rushing yards per game.
Brooks was particularly frustrated by the Jets, throwing both of his interceptions deep in New York territory in the first half.
Vinny Testaverde threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles in the second quarter and John Hall kicked three field goals for the Jets (5-3), who improved to 4-0 on the road and remained a half game behind the Miami Dolphins (5-2) in the AFC East.
Williams had a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for New Orleans (4-3), which fell two games behind the St. Louis Rams in the NFC West. Last Sunday, the Saints forced eight turnovers in a win at St. Louis.