Saturday, January 8, 2011
Halftime notes from Jets at Colts
By Tim Graham
INDIANAPOLIS -- Halftime thoughts from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the New York Jets trail the Indianapolis Colts 7-0 in what has mostly been a snoozer.
- The Jets' defense couldn't have gotten off to a better start without forcing a turnover. The Jets kicked off to start the game and held the Colts to three straight three-and-outs. Jets safety Brodney Pool made some big stops at a position that needed to step up. But the offense couldn't take advantage, gaining 47 total yards on their three ensuing series.
- Pool was the safety on the play Pierre Garcon scored a 57-yard touchdown with 5:25 left in the half. Antonio Cromartie was the cornerback.
- There has been only one red-zone possession. The Jets made it to the Colts' 19-yard line late in the half. On a third-and-10 play, the Jets would have been fine with anything but a sack or an interception. Sanchez forced a ball to Dustin Keller near the goal line that Justin Tryon picked off.
- Jets should be down 7-3 and with the ball to start the second half.
- Sanchez's stat line: 9-of-19 for 84 yards and one interception.
- Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has looked spry. He has seven carried for 49 yards, including a 23-yard run on the Jets' second play.
- Jets receiver/kick returner/option quarterback Brad Smith left the game in the first quarter with a quadriceps injury. He rode a stationary bike on the sideline but hasn't gone back into the game yet. The Jets announced his status was questionable.
- The Jets' defense has stuffed the run. Colts running backs Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai ran seven times for 7 yards in the first quarter.