Where is Shonn Greene and who is wearing his jersey? Shonn Greene looked unstoppable today as he went for over 100 yards early in today’s contest. Adding three touchdowns to the scoreboard Greene bounced off of Indianapolis defenders with ease, rumbling for big yardage through the middle of the defense. Greene had a burst not seen so far this season, while displaying great vision and low pad level to deliver contact and finish runs with authority. While the Colts front is not exactly known for there run stuffing nature, Greene looked like a man amongst boys and today’s performance could go a long way in establishing an attitude amongst the offensive line to help spring board continued success in the run game.
The Jets defense was shut down against the dangerous Colt combo of Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne. The run game was ineffective as the Jets defensive front proved too much for the Indianapolis offensive line as they constantly had penetration in the backfield to swallow up backs behind the line of scrimmage. The defensive backs also played well as Cromartie and Co. blanketed receivers all day long, providing only the smallest windows for Andrew Luck to complete passes into. The pass rush looked immensely improved as Luck was under pressure all day long, constantly hitting the quarterback and forcing errant throws. The defense looked solidly improved over the last few games and now has some momentum to feed off as we move into the middle part of the season.
Mark Sanchez was efficient. While he didn’t light up the stat board Mark Sanchez played efficiently finding open receivers and minimizing mistakes. Two early touchdowns provided a nice cushion for the New York Jets offense as the solid run game allowed #6 to make easy throws and get into a nice rhythm within the pocket. Rookie receiver Shaun Hill looked provided a spark with a receiving touchdown and several nice grabs to give Sanchez a big target outside the numbers. The best part of today’s performance was the lack of turnovers as Jets controlled the football and the clock to wear down the struggling Colts. Another solid improvement for the Jets to build upon going forward.
Dustin Keller was non existent. The Jets touted Dustin Keller as the savior to Mark Sanchez, talking about how his return would bolster the offense and turnaround the offensive struggles. While the offensive struggles turned around, it wasn’t due to anything Dustin Keller did. With one catch for six yard Keller was largely missing from today’s game plan. While it could be said that the defensive emphasis on Keller opened up opportunities for others, it would of been nice to see solid production from one of the Jets most talented offensive weapons. Going forward Keller must remain healthy and step up in the absence of Santonio Holmes to help provide Mark Sanchez with an athletic target over the middle.
Antonio Cromartie is playing like a pro bowler. After last weeks lock down performance Cromartie backed it up by holding Reggie Wayne under 100 yards. No Colts receiver had 100 yards in today’s game, and Cromartie did his part by blanketing his assigned receiver and playing physical at the line of scrimmage. While each and every fan was devastated by the loss of Revis, the fact is that Cromartie is a number one corner on any other team, and has stepped into that roll quite nicely.