It's not hyperbole to proclaim the New York Jets' game against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday (October 14), is the most important the team will play to date.
How's that possible, you might be asking while scratching your head vigorously? Well, based on what we know about the talent level of the Jets, expectations for both the San Francisco 49er and Houston Texan games were low. It's a credit to the Jets they didn't disappoint and upset those expectations. The game versus Indianapolis, though, is one they could win, or at least stay competitive. The goal, one would think, is to arrive at the halfway point at .500, or the remainder of the season is a useless exercise.
It's also fairly clear that, if Mark Sanchez can't have a decent game against the shaky Colt defense, your next view of him will be in a baseball cap holding a clipboard. The reason is as uncomplicated as a morning sunrise. If the Jets lose, Andrew Luck will probably have outplayed Sanchez, and that's likely to be the last embarrassment this organization will endure from this horrendous quarterback. The coddling of Mark Sanchez will finally be over. Hallelujah!
The insertion of Tim Tebow is another disaster waiting to unfold - but one disaster at a time.
Make no mistake. It is probable Andrew Luck will outplay Sanchez. Luck and the Colts are riding an emotional high after a wild comeback to defeat the Green Bay Packers - quite an achievement. Who knows which way those emotions will travel this week? Will they ride that energy to another prolific effort, or be dazed by another team in green not near the Packers in talent? The safe bet is a letdown against this moribund Gang Green group.
Luck, though, might just light up the pass rush challenged Jets, because he's that good. The guess here, though, is the Jets will actually run the ball a little better this week, employing Tebow more often, and holding an advantage in time of possession. It's inconceivable the rushing attack could be this bad. They have to explode once, don't they? If they do, Sanchez doesn't throw much, and perhaps Luck doesn't throw much. Advantage Jets - by six.
Glenn Vallach has been a football fan for most of his lifetime, but never played organized pigskin unless you consider the thousands of youth hours running slant routes on city streets. Don Maynard was his idol, an adulation he took seriously, complete with a number 13 stitched to his sweatshirt. He remains a New York Jet fan through so much disappointment and embarrassment over the years. Coach Rex Ryan has rekindled a dormant fire, but sometimes he feels as if he doesn't understand the likely end result of all his efforts. It has been 43 years, after all.
- · Yahoo! Sports New York Jets page
- · Yahoo! Sports Mark Sanchez page
- · Yahoo! Sports Tim Tebow page
- · Yahoo! Sports Andrew Luck page
- · Jeff Bartl, The Associated Press, Colts-Jets Preview