Jets Ground And Pound Andrew Luck And The Colts
Now that was Jet football. Hard nosed, tough, with a little chicanery, and a 35-9 dismantling of super rookie Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Jets used a 21 point second quarter in downing the horseshoes. Shonn returned from a long slumber to rumble for 161 yards and three touchdowns. So good was the Jets running game that quarterback Mark Sanchez, under fire for his often terrible play this year, only needed to put the ball in the air 18 times. He threw for only 82 yards but two TD’s, one to rookie Stephen Hill, the other to Jason Hill.
The Jets ran and ran and then ran some more, to the tune of 262 yards. The biggest run was 61 yards by Joe McKnight, but in true 2012 Jet fashion he hurt his ankle on the play and didn’t return. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday as is Bilal Powell who hurt his shoulder in the ballgame.
The Jets defense also returned in spades Sunday. Four sacks, yes four, in one game, 1.5 by rookie Quintin Coples. The Jets also picked rookie top pick Andrew Luck twice, the last late in the game denying the Colts a garbage time score.
The Jets were so dominant in winning by 26 that two touchdowns that were called back didn’t matter. Antonio Cromartie scored twice on picks but both were called back because of penalty. One was a pass interference on Cromartie, the second a personal foul on Aaron Maybin.
The victory helped the AFC East become a parity special. All four teams in the division are now 3-3 after the Patriots lost in Seattle, the Bills won in Arizona and the Dolphins toppled the Rams in Miami.
It also sets up Jets vs Patriots for first place in Foxboro next Sunday afternoon.