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Jets run their way to a 21-6 halftime lead

Shonn Greene AP

The Jets like to talk about themselves as a team that runs the ball well, but the results haven’t lived up to the boasts this season.

That would make Sunday the exception to the rule or the start of a bright new future for their run game. The Jets have run all over the Colts to give themselves an 15-point halftime lead at the Meadowlands. Shonn Greene has 91 yards on 14 carries, including a couple of long runs that haven’t been part of his profile in many a moon, and the Jets have 106 rushing yards at the break. That’s a big uptick from their 83 yards per game total entering today’s game.

The strong running game has opened up possibilities in the passing game, resulting in two Mark Sanchez touchdown passes and offensive productivity that wasn’t in evidence in their losses the last two weeks. They also found a way to use Tim Tebow’s throwing arm. On a fourth down from the Colts’ 40, Tebow took the snap and hit linebacker Nick Bellore for a 23-yard pass to set up a touchdown pass to Jason Hill.

Indianapolis hasn’t been able to replicate the Jets’ success. There’s no run game to speak of and Andrew Luck has completed only nine of 17 passes through two quarters. One of those incompletions was an interception by Antonio Cromartie that he returned for a touchdown until a penalty during the return brought the ball back. Cromartie later appeared to pick off another pass for a touchdown until he was flagged for pass interference. The Jets have had several costly defensive penalties and they’ve played a major role in giving the Colts the chance to kick two field goals.

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7 Responses to “Jets run their way to a 21-6 halftime lead”
  1. ampats says: Oct 14, 2012 2:40 PM

    Fear and loathing in Foxborough.The Jets are coming to town.

  2. shockgee says: Oct 14, 2012 2:42 PM

    Let the Jets try that fake punt bull on some smart and or good teams.

  3. gopats23 says: Oct 14, 2012 2:59 PM

    Thank you Sanchez for playing just well enough to keep this Circus going

  4. shockgee says: Oct 14, 2012 3:12 PM

    Jet’s beating a subpar team.

  5. ghjjf says: Oct 14, 2012 3:21 PM

    Well, they ARE playing the Colts….

  6. backindasaddle says: Oct 14, 2012 3:24 PM

    Apparently the Colts have decided to set a new low standard. Getting spanked by crappy Jets team is disgraceful. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  7. natelan69 says: Oct 14, 2012 4:14 PM

    As a Chargers fan, I hate to admit it, but the Jets are a way better team than their record suggests. But the Tebow signing was a distraction and a step backward. Just an idiot owner encroaching on the management and imposing his desires on the team ahead of their collective best interests. Typical religious zealot Republican.

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