Gamethread: New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts 10.14.12

Joe McKnight dives after running back 100 yards for a touchdown against the Texans on Monday Night Football.

Who: New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Media: TV – CBS, DirecTV – 709, Radio – ESPN 98.7 FM, Sirius – 85, Sirius XM – XM 230 Internet AudioNFL Fieldpass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, it was a thrilling matchup in what would turn out to be Peyton Manning’s final game in a Colts uniform. Yes, we’re talking about the Jets’ stunning wild card round victory against Indianapolis in the 2010 playoffs. In a low scoring affair, there would be plenty of action from both sides. The Colts started off first with Manning throwing a 57 yard bomb to Pierre Garcon to put them in the lead. The score would remain in their favor heading into halftime and into the third quarter before the Jets, whose offense, unsurprisingly, struggled mightly, managed to get LT across the plane on a 1 yard scamper that tied the game. The Colts kicked a field goal a short while later to lead by 3 points. In the fourth quarter, things really began to heat up. Tomlinson scored on another 1 yard run to put the Jets ahead for the first time in the game however, the Colts answered with two consecutive Adam Vinatieri field goals to lead 16-14 that last one coming with 53 seconds remaining–too much time. In what may have seemed like an improbable series of events, Mark Sanchez engineered a comeback drive that started on the Jets’ own 46 yard line. With excellent field position, Sanchez and the offense drove down the field. The Colts called a timeout with 29 seconds remaining with the ball on Indy’s 32 yard line but, it would prove to seal their own fate as Sanchez connected with a leaping Braylon Edwards on an 18 yard pass. With a feasible 32 yard field goal, Nick Folk was bought out and while everyone held their breath, Folk kicked it through the uprights to give the Jets a narrow 17-16 victory as time expired.

Injury Report

Jets: LB Nick Bellore (Shoulder–Probable), CB Aaron Berry (Ribs–Probable), FB John Conner (Hamstring–Doubtful), CB Antonio Cromartie (Shoulder–Probable), TE Jeff Cumberland (Ribs–Probable), NT Kenrick Ellis (Knee–Doubtful), WR Clyde Gates (Shoulder–Doubtful), LB David Harris (Hamstring–Probable), WR Stephen Hill (Hamstring–Probable), T Austin Howard (Back–Probable), TE Dustin Keller (Hamstring–Probable), WR Jeremy Kerley (Finger/Illness–Probable), S LaRon Landry (Heel–Probable), C Nick Mangold (Ankle–Questionable), G Brandon Moore (Hip–Probable), LB Calvin Pace (Achilles–Probable), NT Sione Po’uha (Low Back–Doubtful), CB Darrelle Revis (Knee–Out), QB Mark Sanchez (Low Back–Probable), LB Bart Scott (Toe–Probable), G Matt Slauson (Knee–Probable), S Eric Smith (Knee–Doubtful), and LB Bryan Thomas (Hamstring–Probable).
Colts: LB Pat Angerer (Foot–Out), RB Donald Brown (Knee–Out), CB Vontae Davis (Ankle–Doubtful), LB Dwight Freeney (Knee–Probable), LB Robert Mathis (Knee–Out), DE Fili Moala (Knee–Out), RB Mewelde Moore (Ankle–Probable), G Joe Reitz (Knee–Out), C Samson Satele (Knee–Probable), and NT Martin Tevaseu (Ankle–Out).

Jets: QB Greg McElroy, WR Clyde Gates, RB Jonathan Grimes, FB John Connor, WR Clyde Gates, NT Kenrick Ellis, NT Sione Po’uha, and S Eric Smith.
Colts: QB Chandler Harnish, RB Donald Brown, G Joe Reitz, DE Fili Moala, NT Martin Tevaseu, LB Pat Angerer, and LB Robert Mathis.

Game Captains: NT Daniel Muir, G Brandon Moore, LB Demario Davis, G Caleb Schlauderaff, and TE Dustin Keller with honorary captain John Cena.

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The Jets tried throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Texans and it very nearly worked but some costly drops and interceptions impeded the Jets from completing a come-from-behind victory and now they sit at 2-3 leaving us all to wonder what comes next. The Colts, in spite of Andrew Luck, have had their share of struggles this year, most notably the number of knee injuries is a bit staggering and alarming but beyond that they have yielded 5.1 yards per carry to opponents in their base 3-4 defense. I’m just saying right now if Shonn Greene, Bilal Powell or McKnight cannot find lines or do something, anything, then they either need to use Jon Grimes and see what he can do or axe the entire running back committee because that will be inexcusable.

Furthermore, Indy’s secondary isn’t all that great and one of their better corners, or you may know him as one of the best in the league, Mr. Vontae Davis, will not play today which should give Mark Sanchez the opportunity to connect with his receivers today and he should be helped by the return of Stephen Hill and of course his go-to man Dustin Keller though we cannot begin to underscore the importance and emergence of Jeremy Kerley who should see quite a few looks today. If Kyle Wilson can keep his head turned around and Cromartie can come out swinging like he did against the Texans, there is not reason the Jets defense cannot limit Andrew Luck’s options and silence their suspect running game. It’s a winnable game but the Jets need to try and beat Indianapolis and not themselves or else they’ll be staring at a home shutout in addition to the tall task they face next weekend in Foxboro.