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Grading the Jets

Antonio Cromartie celebrates with linebacker David Harris after

Antonio Cromartie celebrates with linebacker David Harris after intercepting a pass during the first half of a game against the Houston Texans. (Oct. 8, 2012) Photo Credit: AP


Shonn Greene's breakout game couldn't have come at a better time for the Jets. The fourth-year running back set a career high with 161 rushing yards on 32 carries and jump-started a ground-and-pound attack that out-rushed the Colts 252-41. Mark Sanchez (11-for-18) didn't throw for many yards (82), but the quarterback didn't need to. Sanchez spread the wealth, throwing for two touchdowns (Stephen Hill, Jason Hill) without any interceptions. He finished with a passer rating of 109, compared with Andrew Luck's 51.3.


The unit kept Luck off his game and prevented the Colts from scoring a touchdown in Sunday's romp. The defense, which entered the contest ranked 31st against the run, allowed only 41 yards on the ground as well. Antonio Cromartie shut down Reggie Wayne (five catches for 85 yards and no scores), while the defensive line registered four sacks of Luck and the secondary picked him off twice. Thanks to the defense, the Jets also controlled the time of possession (33:40; 26:20). But they also racked up a ton of penalties: eight flags for 110 yards.


Tim Tebow's second-quarter fake punt resulted in Nick Bellore's first NFL reception -- a 23-yard gain -- and a Stephen Hill score four plays later. Punter Robert Malone also gave the Jets great field position, averaging 52 yards (48 net) on his five attempts.


This is the way the Jets game plan should look each week. Tony Sparano stuck with the hot hand (Shonn Greene) and mixed in passing plays and a little bit of Tebow to keep the Colts guessing. Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff once again showed why he's the best in the game, devising the Tebow jump-pass on the fake punt attempt.

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