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The Jets running game shows up in a big way

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The Jets defense has been torn apart by opposing running games the last two weeks, but they put that string to an end against the Colts on Sunday.

And the Colts defense got to feel what the Jets defense felt against the 49ers and Texans. The Jets rolled up 253 rushing yards on their way to a 35-9 victory that should put off some of the vultures that have been circling over the team since their 34-0 loss to the 49ers two weeks ago. Shonn Greene had 161 yards and three touchdowns, Joe McKnight had the team’s longest run in three years with a 61-yard jaunt to set up a score and the Jets had the kind of easy day they needed after two weeks of getting their heads kicked in.

The Jets went three-and-out on their first possession and the Colts jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but a Stephen Hill touchdown catch on the next drive sent the Jets on their way to a very comfortable victory. Andrew Luck was 22-of-44 for 280 yards and two interceptions on the day, numbers that could have been better if his receivers held onto a few passes but the Colts offense never really seemed to click against a Jets defense that showed more of a pass rush than we’ve been accustomed to seeing so far this season.

This is the kind of team that the Jets have long wanted to be, but the identity has never really developed in the last two years. The ability to replicate this performance against better defenses hasn’t been spotted as yet, but perhaps this can be the spark they need to shove their season back into the right direction.

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13 Responses to “The Jets running game shows up in a big way”
  1. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 14, 2012 4:39 PM

    It was fun to watch, but let’s be honest here; the Colts can’t stop the run at all, and Shonn Greene isn’t very good. IF he can do this consistently, I’ll change my tune, but beating up on the 27th ranked rush defense isn’t exactly eye opening.

  2. ddogdaddy says: Oct 14, 2012 4:39 PM

    I think it is obvious why the Colts lost today. The scout team didn’t do a good enough job during practice running the Jets offense.

  3. skinsfan91 says: Oct 14, 2012 4:48 PM

    how’d that bum Andrew Luck do?

  4. rcali says: Oct 14, 2012 5:05 PM

    Bills, Dolphins, Colts. Well congrats Jets fans on beating the bottom feeders.

  5. turtlehut says: Oct 14, 2012 5:07 PM

    Fourth quarter, Colts down by 3 scores (28-6), Jets burning the clock with a solid running game. So the Colts go for a field goal to only be down by 3 scores! Game Over – and you could see the coaches message reflected and how the Colts finished the game. It looked like Jim Irsay brought back Jim Caldwell!

  6. tbd3 says: Oct 14, 2012 5:29 PM

    Of course I face Greene in fantasy football this week…

  7. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 14, 2012 5:30 PM

    The Jets were able to run on the Colts, the Jets were able to run on…oh, yeah-it was the Colts. Quite impressive. If the Jets could play the Bills and Colts each week, they would (maybe) finally win that Super Bowl Ryan keeps talking about.

  8. exibitsman says: Oct 14, 2012 6:05 PM

    REX coached a great game today.the offense looked awsome Sanchez made some great passes . and the defense was there usual stout self . this team has turned
    the corner and is on there way to AFC EAST TITLE.

  9. skinsfan91 says: Oct 14, 2012 6:08 PM

    Andrew Suck, lol. What a bum.

  10. lrjets says: Oct 14, 2012 8:19 PM

    2ndaryinsanity says:Oct 14, 2012 5:30 PM

    The Jets were able to run on the Colts, the Jets were able to run on…oh, yeah-it was the Colts. Quite impressive. If the Jets could play the Bills and Colts each week, they would (maybe) finally win that Super Bowl Ryan keeps talking about.

    Ryan keeps talking about???
    Lemme guess you coached Biden for his debate?

  11. hailskins4life says: Oct 14, 2012 8:25 PM

    Sorry to the Colts fans out there. ‘Skinsfan91′ does not speak for all Skins fans. Just as ‘Peytonsneck18′ does not speak for all Colts fans. Luck is going (already) to be very good. Defense got gashed. It happens. Has happened to the Skins in every game so far.

    More importantly, here’s to a speedy and complete recovery for Pagano.

  12. skinsfan91 says: Oct 15, 2012 3:32 AM

    I don’t actually think Andrew Luck is a bum, but hey, if peytonsneck wants to endlessly troll and then not show up when things don’t go how he says, then i’m going to troll right back. I know Luck is good.

  13. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Oct 15, 2012 10:21 AM

    What I took from this game:

    1. Andrew Luck does not have the arm to go deep;
    He throws short passes all game long and when he does go deep, he catches the defense off guard but he consistently under throws his receiver. He was advertised as a QB that could make all the throws. Looks like that was false advertisement.

    2. End the Vick Ballard experiment. I have yet to see any of the talent this guy supposedly has but he isn’t agile, doesn’t break tackles, and is consistently outplayed by Delone Carter.

    3. Dwayne Allen is better than Cody Fleener. Fleener does not break tackles, has iffy hands, and can’t block. Allen does all of these things well and should start.

    4. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times: #wegotthewrongguy

    5. Luck’s accuracy is over rated. Luck runs an offense where he throws short, easy, safe passes for most of the game, (he’s averaging less than 6 yards per attempt) and yet his completion percentage is 53%. Not good.

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