Time for the Monday Morning Quarterback, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a happy one, as everyone would imagine, coming off the Jets 35-9 browbeating of the Indianapolis Colts yesterday at Met Life Stadium. There were a lot of encouraging signs yesterday for the Jets, so let’s get right to the game.
The Jets took control of this game early. After falling behind 3-0 on an Adam Vinatieri field goal, the Jets marched right down the field for a TD and never looked back. They set the tone with the ground game, as Shonn Greene broke off a 21 yard run on the drive that set the Jets up in Indianapolis territory. Mark Sanchez wasn’t called upon to do too much yesterday, but he made the throws he had to make, and this drive was no different. Mark started the drive off with a 9 yard hookup to Jeremy Kerley, and finished it with a beatuiful TD pass to Stephen Hill. He put the ball in the only spot he could, and made the catch for the TD.
The Jets opened the game up with a late TD in the second quarter from Mark Sanchez to Jason Hill, but the opportunity was set up by a fake punt.
On a 4th and 11 from the Indianapolis 40, Mike Westhoff called a fake punt, and the Jets worked it to perfection. Tim Tebow threw one of his trademark jump passes, and hit Nick Bellore for a 23 yard pickup and a new set of downs. Instead of giving the ball back to the Colts with a chance to tie the game at 14, the Jets had a second life and they cashed in. Mark Sanchez hit the recently acquired Jason Hill, and like that, the Jets had a two score lead, and never looked back, crusing to a 35-9 win.
How did they get it done? By peforming on both sides of the football. We talked in the Jets Takeoff! preview piece that the Colts could be run against. The Jets took advantage of this better than they have all season so far. They rushed for 252 yards, a number we haven’t seen on our side in quite some time. Shonn Greene ran like he wanted to silence all of the critics today, running for over 5 yards per carry, recording 32 carries for 161 yards, both career highs, and 3 TDs. The line did an admirable job opening the holes, and Shonn ran through them. The Jets were even able to get Joe McKnight open in space, as we have been suggesting, and it paid dividends. Joe ran the ball just 3 times, but recorded 71 yards. The running game was explosive. Finally!