Wrap-up: Jets 35, Colts 9
October, 14, 2012
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 35-9 loss to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium:
What it means: The Colts have hardly arrived yet, and while they are capable of a wondrous upset of Green Bay one week, they can get stomped by the mediocre Jets the next. Indianapolis is now 2-3.
What I didn’t like: Indianapolis couldn’t stop the run, allowing the Jets 252 rushing yards on 44 carries for a 5.7-yard average. Shonn Greene, rated by some as the worst starting running back in the NFL, rushed for 161 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns. The Colts were down several players on the defensive front -- Cory Redding (right knee) left early and didn’t return and they started off without tackles Fili Moala and Martin Tevaseu as well as outside linebacker Robert Mathis. Meanwhile, the Colts couldn’t move the ball on the ground at all. Rookie Vick Ballard got his first start with Donald Brown recovering from knee surgery and Ballard didn’t take anything longer than 5 yards all day long. Neither did anyone else for the Colts, who managed 17 carries for 41 yards and didn’t run for a single first down.
What I didn’t like, part II: The offensive line didn’t only fail to run block, but too often it allowed rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to face pressure. He was sacked four times and was not as accurate as he is typically, missing people both from the pocket and on the move.
What I didn’t like, part III: You can’t be ready for everything, but the Jets were due to have Tim Tebow throw a pass as the personal punt protector. And he did, hitting fullback Nick Bellore with a 23-yarder. It converted a fourth-and-11 and spurred a touchdown drive that put New York ahead 21-3.
What I liked: Colts inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman made 14 tackles and outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, playing for the injured Robert Mathis, showed additional signs of life with eight tackles, a sack and three quarterback hits. Rookie tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener look to be growing more comfortable.
What’s next: The Colts host the Cleveland Browns, who just won their first game of the season over the Cincinnati Bengals. Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson is likely to provide as much or more of a challenge as the Jets' running back did today.