”Ground-and-Pound” was finally back for the Jets on Sunday, and with it returned the teams winning ways, pounding the Colts 35-9 to get to .500 at 3-3.
”When you’re running the ball that well,” quarterback Mark Sanchez said, ”you never want to stop.”
It looked like the Jets wouldn’t, as Shonn Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries to power the Jets to the huge win.
The Jets rolled up 252 yards on the ground after struggling in the running game for weeks, Sanchez was mistake-free in an efficient performance, and Tim Tebow had a 23-yard pass on a fake punt that sent the MetLife Stadium into a frenzy.
The defense of the Jets stopped Andrew Luck, forcing the rookie QB into three turnovers as the Jets snapped a two-game slide at home that had many wondering if the season was about to spiral out of control.
“This is what we needed, this is a big win,” said Greene. “Going into practice next week I think we’ll have a lot confidence and be feeling good about ourselves.”
Sanchez passed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-18 efficiency, the first time he has completed over fifty percent of his passes since Week 1 in a win over the Bills.
The frustrating thing for the Colts (2-3) is that they knew the Jets would try to run the ball on them. And they still couldn’t do anything to stop them.
”We wanted Sanchez to have to beat us with his arm,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said. ”If we stopped the run, that was what they were going to have to do. Whoever we play next week, that’s what they’re going to do. They’re going to run the ball until we stop it.”
Luck went 22-of-44 passing for 280 yards and threw two interceptions for the Colts, who lost their second road game of the season in blowout fashion.
The big news though was the Jets were back – at least for one week.