Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets
Sunday, 1pm EDT, CBS
No matter which side you’re on in the Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow quarterback debate, it’s clear that the rest of the New York Jets offense needs help.
Expect Tim Tebow to get more snaps, but not necessarily because he’s the better quarterback. The Colts have given up 135.8 rushing yards per game, bad enough to be ranked 26th in the NFL. If the Jets want to exploit that weakness, look for Tebow more often, because they need all the rushing help they can get.
Shonn Greene is getting hounded by the New York media for his underperformance as the Jets’ starting running back. Greene’s longest run in 2012 has gone for only 14 yards, and the only Jet who has rushed for a longer play is Tim Tebow.
Colts running back Donald Brown has had a remarkably similar season compared to Greene’s. Both have one rushing touchdown this season, although Brown outgained Greene 239 yards to 217, and on fewer carries. However, with Brown out for the next 2-3 weeks with torn knee cartilage, it is up to rookie Vick Ballard to run through the Jets’ 31st ranked rushing defense.
Rookie sensation Andrew Luck will have to face a strong Jets secondary, even with Darrelle Revis out for the season. Something has to give, as Luck has thrown for 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, and the Colts’ 6th ranked passing offense will do battle against New York’s 5th ranked passing defense.
This will be the Colts’ first game on the road since losing to the Chicago Bears in Week 1. Meanwhile, the Jets hope to avoid the mistakes they made against the Houston Texans this past Monday night, and to avoid a 1-3 start at home. The Colts-Jets rivalry has died down since the days when they were Super Bowl adversaries and later division rivals, but still expect a good game, that is, if someone can run the ball.