The Jets got it done the conventional way, running the ball and playing solid defense.
After a slow start to the season Shonn Greene broke out with a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns. The Colts’ defense had no answer for him. Overall the Jets ran the ball 44 times for 252 yards, 71 of those coming from Joe McKnight and seven on four carries for Tim Tebow.
Don’t expect Greene to perform like this every week though. The Colts’ defense is below average and New York has a couple tough division games in the upcoming weeks.
The 35 points that the Jets put up is the most they’ve scored since Week 1 against Buffalo. They did a great job of controlling the ball and had zero turnovers.
Since Indianapolis was playing from behind for the better part of the afternoon they were forced to pass a ton. Andrew Luck completed 22 of his 44 passes for 280 yards, but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.
Antonio Cromartie had two interception returns for touchdowns called back due to penalties, but his lone interception that stood eventually led to one of Greene’s touchdowns.
The Jets never let Luck and the Indy offense get in a groove. They allowed a total of 41 yards on the ground and sacked the rookie quarterback four times.
Mark Sanchez may not have had his best game statistics wise, but he did exactly what was asked of him. He completed 11 of 18 throws for 82 yards and tossed touchdown passes to Stephen Hill and Jason Hill.
New York went back to the basics and it worked extremely well. At their core they are a ground and pound team and they proved it on Sunday. Sometimes you just have to keep it simple.
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Written by Matt Brody