Colts vs. Jets: Has New York's Offense Hit a Turning Point?

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IOctober 14, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets offense has been as good or bad as the opponents the team has faced this season.

It took 15:41 to get the scoring started, but by the time the second quarter was done, they had scored more points (21) than they had in the previous nine quarters combined (17).

The Jets finally found their offense, but will it last?

After four games under 50 percent completions, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez finally eclipsed that number, going 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) for 82 yards (4.5 YPA) and two touchdowns (109 passer rating).

Most impressively, the running game found its bearings.

The Jets came into the game ranked 30th in yards per carry (3.2) and had just one rushing touchdown to their name. Against the Colts, their 44 rushing attempts yielded 253 rushing yards (5.8 YPC).

It was certainly an impressive performance, but let's not forget who they lined up against.

The Jets certainly deserve credit for taking it to an opponent that they should have taken it to. But they aren't exonerated of their early struggles just yet.

We'll need to see it more than once—and preferably, at some point, against a difficult opponent—before we can start saying they've really turned it around.

Interestingly enough, the remaining defenses on their schedule are primarily on either end of the spectrum.

Judging by the current pattern of this offense, there will be more dominant performances this season like the one we saw today, and there will be more anemic performances like the ones we've seen over the past few weeks.

The Jets offense needed to build momentum after weeks of struggles. They were given a nudge in the right direction by the Colts.

They'll need to take advantage of an opportunity against the New England Patriots defense headed into the bye, which is followed by standoffs against tough defenses in the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.

 

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.

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