Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jets ground and pound Colts into submission


The New York Jets went old school Sunday, rushing the ball 44 times in a 35-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Running back Shonn Greene recorded a career-high 161 yards on the ground and scored three times. The Jets totaled 252 yards rushing, including a 61-yard scamper by Joe McKnight.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a pair of touchdown passes to Stephen Hill and Jason Hill, but other than that, he wasn't forced to put the offense on his shoulders, which was probably a bit of a relief, considering he had little to no help from the running game as the Jets went 2-3 through the first part of the season.

"When you're running the ball that well, you never want to stop," Sanchez said, according to the Associated Press.

New York tallied 14 of its 22 first downs on the ground and averaged 5.7 yards a rush.

"I think we can do it every week against any team," Greene said. "It's just a matter of us executing, not stopping ourselves and working hard during the week."

Greene and the Jets' offensive line covered the "ground" part, but the rest of Gang Green's tailbacks took care of the "pound."

Backup tailback Bilal Powell, who we thought might've been in line to take Greene's job in the next few weeks if Greene didn't step up, was injured in the second half and left the stadium with his right arm in a sling, according to multiple media reports.

Manish Mehta of the NY Daily news tweeted Powell suffered a dislocated shoulder.

McKnight injured his ankle on the long run, but he reportedly doesn't expect it to be serious and will get an MRI tomorrow.

Follow Nick @NickStDenis
Follow AFC East Daily @AFCEastDaily