Colts vs. Jets: Run Game Must Continue to Produce to Save Mark Sanchez's Job

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Colts vs. Jets: Run Game Must Continue to Produce to Save Mark Sanchez's Job
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This is the type of run game the New York Jets need to be successful.

Shonn Greene was in fine form, rushing for 161 yards and three touchdowns. The Jets blasted the Indianapolis Colts 35-9 on Sunday, and no one is calling for Tim Tebow at the moment.

The comfort won't last long for Mark Sanchez, though, if he doesn't continue to receive appropriate run support.

Sanchez needs the run game to be aggressive and effective even more than most quarterbacks. He does his best work out of the play-action, but through most of the season, he has struggled in this area.

ESPN reported that Sanchez had only completed 45.8 percent of his passes in this situation. The biggest reason for this is the team's inability to get anything going on the ground.

Before Greene broke out against the Colts, the Jets were only averaging 85 yards per game on the ground as a team. Greene had rushed for just 123 yards all season. His success changed things for Sanchez and the entire Jets offense.

Sanchez didn't have to do much Sunday, but he was efficient and accurate. He went 11-of-16 for 82 yards and two touchdowns. That stat line won't send fantasy football owners scrambling to add Sanchez to their teams, but it's the kind of line that equals success for the Jets.

This is a smash-mouth team, and though the Jets can't hope to gash defenses at this clip every week, things have to start with the running game for them. It keeps the defense fresh and also puts Sanchez in his comfort zone.

Gang Green actually looked formidable today.

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The more team success the Jets have, obviously, the more secure Sanchez is in his starting position. Tim Tebow deserves a chance to play under center, but if the Jets continue to run the ball this way, Sanchez will continue to manage the game, and the Jets will win.

Thus, we won't be treated to Tebow Time. Somehow, I think Jets fans will be fine with that.

 

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