In the final home game of the three-game home stand versus the Indianapolis Colts the New York Jets scored 21 points in the second quarter to cruise to victory, 35-9. Shonn Greene had a break out game with 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns and is the first Jet to have amassed over 160 yards while also scoring three touchdowns.
Since both Sione Pouha and Kenrick Ellis were inactive the Jets moved Mike DeVito inside to nose tackle with Quinton Coples getting his first NFL start at defensive end. Antonio Allen got to see action early but gave up 28 yards on a pass interference penalty where he pushed off well down field. Mo Wilkerson, who would go on to have a solid game, got flagged for a late hit on Andrew Luck. The Colts would be held inside the five and Adam Vinatieri connected on a 20-yard field goal to open the scoring. On the Jets first drive they got moving with Mark Sanchez finding Jeremy Kerley for nine yards, then Shonn Greene got the first down. Greene would burst out and rumble for 21 yards a few plays later. Sanchez found Stephen Hill for nine and another first down. Greene ran for seven, then Bilal Powell for four more and another first down.
The drive that started in the first quarter ended with Sanchez finding Stephen Hill in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. Antonio Cromartie picked Luck on a tipped pass of his receiver's hands that Cro returned for an apparent touchdown until a penalty against Aaron Maybin, in hitting Luck on the runback, negated the score but not the interception. Sanchez found Chaz Schilens for a first down. A quick pass to Kerley left them one yard short of a first down. Greene powered through the Colts for the touchdown as the ball just crossed the plane as his arm went down. Cromartie picked off yet another Andrew Luck pass but this time he was flagged for pass interference to negate it. Antonio Allen, Calvin Pace and Maybin all teamed up for a sack of Luck. Vinatieri showed he still has a powerful leg, connecting from 50 to cut the lead to 14-6. Shonn Greene would burst out again for nearly 20 yards to the left of the Jets line. Sanchez targeted Schilens again for another first down. The drive stalled, but again Tim Tebow in the punt protector spot gave the Jets another first down to Nick Bellore, as the play gained 23 yards. Sanchez got back in touch with Dustin Keller for nine yards, then Tebow ran for a first down. Sanchez found the other Hill, Jason, for another touchdown.
Quinton Coples wrapped up Luck, who was also called for intentional grounding trying to avoid the sack. When the Jets got the ball back Shonn Greene continued his great day with an eight yard run behind Vlad Ducasse. The Jets would stall out and Robert Malone, who was having his best game as a Jet, had his second straight punt fair caught. LaRon Landry made a nice play with his back turned and defended a pass on Donnie Avery. Bart Scott and Coples sacked Andrew Luck, but it was negated because Coples had a hold of Luck's facemask. On the next Jets drive Powell got two straight carries, first for eight yards then five more out of a triple set backfield. He would be hurt on the latter play, shoulder injury, and not return. Sanchez found Stephen Hill for yet another first down, then Joe McKnight scampered for 61 yards down inside the five. McKnight would also leave with an apparent ankle injury. Greene bounced off a tackle in the backfield and ran it in for the touchdown.
The Colts would drive and Vinatieri finished it off with a 47-yard field goal. Cromartie got the kickoff return duties with McKnight hurt. Kerley made a nice catch on a slant play for a first down. Greene pounded his way to another first down on three straight runs. Sanchez was sacked by Jerry Hughes to end the drive. The Jets would win the only challenge of the game when Avery was ruled out of bounds on a catch that would have left them one yard short of first down. Ellis Lankster intercepted Luck in the endzone. On the next Colts drive, Muhammad Wilkerson hit Luck and popped the ball out, David Harris recovered setting up the Jets in very good field position. Matt Slauson spelled Nick Mangold at center. Shonn Greene ran it in for his third score of the contest. Quinton Coples and Aaron Maybin combined on a sack of Luck late. The final play for the Colts was a fumble by Reggie Wayne that was recovered by Demario Davis.
The New York Jets have something to build on before they face the Patriots next Sunday in New England, but they could be doing it without both Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight. As always, despite that the Patriots lost in Seattle, they will be well prepared for almost everything the Jets will throw at them. Hopefully the Jets will have some new wrinkles that can give them the advantage and with a win put them alone in first place in the AFC East.
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