Though they couldn't get over the hump against the Texans on Monday, the Jets' 23-17 loss was a small step in the right direction. With a winnable game against the Colts this Sunday at MetLife Stadium, here's a look at the Jets' keys to ending their two-game skid.
Bring bad Luck
No need for black cats or shattered mirrors to slow Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the top pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Though the rookie is fresh off a 30-27 comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers last week, he is still a first-year pro who has thrown five picks in four games. Expect a healthy dose of Jets blitzes in an attempt to rattle the rookie.
Time to run
With the Indianapolis defense allowing 4.7 yards per carry and the Jets gaining just 3.2 yards per attempt, something has to give. This might be Shonn Greene's (2.9 ypc) last, best chance to prove his worth with the Jets. On the flip side, only a handful of teams allow more yards per rush than the Colts and the Jets are one of them.
Bail out Sanchez
It's been easy to target Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez of late, and, to be fair, he deserves some of the criticism lobbed his way. But with his top options now Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens, someone needs to elevate his game to make Sanchez's job easier. If tight end Dustin Keller or rookie receiver Stephen Hill returns from injury this week, all the better.