By John Touhey
This week 6 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts has an opportunity of either being a statement win or a catastrophic loss. If the Jets do indeed lose to a Colts team that has an average running game and a rookie quarterback, Rex Ryan will have to seriously reevaluate his team and make major moves to get back on track.
The Colts are 2-2 and are hot off a victory against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers last week. Luck has played fairly well for a rookie and it is imperative that the Jets defense knock him around and force turnovers. He’s already thrown five interceptions this season but three of them came back in week one. Mark Sanchez is definitely on the hot seat in this game as he has yet to complete more than 50% of his passes this season aside from what now seems to be a fluke of a game in week one.
The good news is that JJ Watt will be back in Houston and will not be batting down all of Sanchez’s passes. Over the course of this week the media has begun to question the acquisition of Tim Tebow, saying that if they really wanted to play him, they would. The conclusion: the Jets got Tebow as a way to once again have the back page, as Rex always likes to dominate.
The Jets will win this game as long the defense has limited time on the field. The Colts do not have a pro-bowl running back like they faced last week in Arian Foster, in theory the defense should be able to shut down Donald Brown. I’d like to see the defensive line penetrate and get through to Luck and make stops behind the line of scrimmage this week. With that and a smart game out of Mark Sanchez the Jets should remain relevant…at least for the time being.