The Seahawks and Saints played a classic on Saturday afternoon. The Jets-Colts Saturday night game? Not so much.
The Colts lead 7-0 at halftime in Indianapolis in a game that feels like something of a letdown after the early fireworks in Seattle.
That’s not to say the game hasn’t had its moments: Peyton Manning threw a beautiful pass to Pierre Garcon for a 57-yard touchdown for the game’s only score. And if you like strong play on the defensive line, both teams have given you plenty to enjoy through the first 30 minutes.
But this game features more punts (eight) than points (seven).
The difference has been the quarterbacks: Manning made that one big play and has avoided costly mistakes, while Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez hasn’t made the big plays and had a costly interception at the goal line late in the first half.
If Sanchez can turn things around in the second half, maybe we could see another classic. Or maybe we’ll see the Colts cruise into the next round of the playoffs, and the Jets stumble home.
UPDATE: On the first drive of the second half, the Jets’ offense started to look like the Jets’ offense again, and the Colts’ defense started to look like the Colts’ defense again. LaDainian Tomlinson scored on the final play of a 10-play drive, and the score is now 7-7.
UPDATE 2: Both offenses are now starting to get in the groove, as the Colts drove down for a field goal to take a 10-7 lead.
UPDATE 3: With 10 minutes to go, the Jets have taken their first lead, 14-10.