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Grading the Jets


BThe Jets racked up 293 net yards. Most came via the running attack. Thomas Jones and rookie Shonn Greene combined for 200 yards and a touchdown on 43 attempts. Perhaps most important of all, quarterback Mark Sanchez was efficient. He didn't turn the ball over once - just the fourth time he's done that all season.


BWhen Peyton Manning and the rest of the Colts' starters were in the game, the Jets did a decent job of hanging in there against the league's fourth-ranked offense and keeping things close enough. They yielded 15 points and Indianapolis converted only 2 of 7 third-down attempts in the first half. Calvin Pace stripped backup quarterback Curtis Painter, and Marques Douglas' fumble recovery for a TD was the go-ahead score.


ABrad Smith's 106-yard kickoff to open the second half was one of the key plays in the game. It provided the Jets with a spark and gave them their first lead of the game. Kicker Jay Feely and holder Kellen Clemens bounced back from their nightmarish performance last week, and there were no gaffes this time around. Feely was true on attempts from 35 and 43 yards.


C+Getting Greene more involved in the offense was a good move considering the plan of attack was to try to utilize the ground game as a way to neutralize the Colts' high-powered offense. Mike Westhoff's decision to give Smith the green light to take ball 6 yards deep out of the end zone on the opening kickoff of the second half looked ingenious afterward. But as usual, the Jets still outsmarted themselves in their offensive play-calling, such as early in the game when they were backed up at their own goal line on their first possession and they threw the ball three straight times.

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