The New York Jets were victorious over the Indianapolis Colts in a game most didn’t want to go as far as saying it was a must-win, but would have been disastrous for the rest of the season. The Jets, at 3-3, are tied with every team in the division, including the New England Patriots, their opponent Sunday.
The Jets dominated #1 NFL Draft pick quarterback Andrew Luck and the rest of the Colts 35-9, as Luck accounted for three of the four Colts turnovers, a fumble and two interceptions, in the loss after a big win over the Green Bay Packers last week.
Shon Greene had a career game, scoring three touchdowns, while rushing for 161 yards on 32 carries, both career highs. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was a very efficient 11-18 for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan stopped short of calling it a must-win. “A great win for us. We certainly needed one. I thought our guys stepped up, really responded. Love the fact we were five-for-five in the red zone.”
Sanchez was also happy with the team’s performance. “We know it was a big game for us. We really wanted to play well. It was a short week (and) guys really bounced back.” When asked about the return of wide receiver Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller, Sanchez excitedly responded “it was nice to have those guys back.”
Greene was complimentary of his teammates, saying “my offensive line did a great job today” and deflecting attention from his career day. Tim Tebow completed his second pass of the season, a completion to linebacker Nick Bellore on a fake punt. But don’t get too excited about the pass thrown by Tebow. “I’ve been doing that since Pop Warner so not sure if that is showcasing my arm” said Tebow when asked if that play highlighted his quarterback skills.
Antonio Cromartie played well, but had two interception runs for touchdowns called back, one on a block, and one on a defensive pass interference call, one of his four penalties. We talking about the win, he said “It felt good but we just have to minimize the penalties. I had four today.”
With New England up this week, the Jets will have to eliminate their mistakes. Also, don’t expect the Jets to excel in the running game against the Patriots the same way they did against the Colts, a team that is currently 26th out of 32 teams against the run. Also don’t expect the same success in the Jets secondary facing Tom Brady as they had with a rookie in Andrew Luck. With a win Sunday, the Jets proved something to themselves. With a win this upcoming Sunday, they would
prove a lot to many others, including myself.