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.