Colts vs Jets: New York's Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 6
The Jets ran for over 200 yards, the defense was stifling and the Jets were able to put 35 points on the board with Mark Sanchez only throwing for 82 yards. This is exactly the formula the Jets want to win games with.
Here are this week's winners and losers.
Winner: Offensive Line
This was the Jets' most dominant offensive line performance since 2009. Not only did they put over 200 yards on the ground, but they gave Mark Sanchez terrific protection all day.
Shonn Greene had massive lanes to run through. Joe McKnight did not have to make a single defender miss on his long run.
The Colts are not a strong run team defending the run, but a performance this dominant was not expected. D'Brickashaw Ferguson did a great job against Dwight Freeney as well.
This was the ideal "get well" game for the Jets line, and they capitalized.
Loser: Bilal Powell
Powell was not bad in this game by any stretch, but he did not return to the game after suffering an injury, and after Shonn Greene's performance, his touches will undoubtedly be scaled back.
Now, Jonathan Grimes, who was very impressive in the preseason for the Texans, is going to get more looks as long as Powell is out.
Winner: Shonn Greene
This was perhaps Shonn's best game ever as a pro. He ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 5.0 average.
Most importantly, it was clear that none of the Colts defenders wanted anything to do with Shonn Greene as the game wore on. Greene may not be the shiftiest player, but his physicality is something the coaches fall in love with.
He even was able to pull out quite a nifty spin move on Antoine Bethea for a touchdown.
If the Jets are to truly become the dominant run team they showed they can be, they will need a performance like this from Greene more than once a season.
Loser: Dustin Keller
For a player that has not seen the field in a month, this was an exceptionally slow start for the Jets' most productive receiver from a year ago.
Keller only had one catch for six yards. He looked a bit slow and was not in total sync with Sanchez.
Hamstring injuries tend to linger, and I doubt that he is truly 100 percent, but I expected more of a coming-out party for Keller.
Winner: Quinton Coples
With all of the injuries to the defensive line, Coples got plenty of playing time in this game, and he capitalized.
Coples recorded a 1.5 sacks, a tackle for loss and three more tackles. He was solid in the run game and got pretty consistent pressure on Andrew Luck, even when he was double-teamed.
So far, the Jets have been reluctant to give Coples a lot of playing time, but after playing so well in a full game, it is going to be hard for the Jets to take him out of their lineup even when other linemen heal up.
Loser: Tim Tebow
Yes, he completed a jump pass on a fake punt, but Tebow still comes out as a loser this week.
Why? Because after a sound, if unspectacular performance by Mark Sanchez, the talk for Tebow to start is going to fade, for at least this week.
Plus, the Wildcat has yet to spark a single explosive play this season outside of a 10-yard run on Monday night against the Texans.
In other words, the Jets proved, yet again, that they can dominate a game without much contribution from Tim.
Winner: Antonio Cromartie
For the second straight week, Cromartie has truly played like he actually was the best corner in the league.
He kept Reggie Wayne in check for the entire game. When Wayne did make a catch, it was usually in zone coverage and away from Cromartie.
He would have had a pair of touchdown returns, but they were called back on penalties.
Since Darrelle Revis went down, the level and consistency of Cromartie's play has skyrocketed. The fact that the Jets have been able to stay stout against the pass sans Revis speaks to how well Cromartie is playing.
Loser: Joe McKnight
McKnight was finally able to break open a big run when lined up in the backfield, but his luck ran out when he was hurt on the play.
Rex Ryan has been saying that he wanted to get McKnight more involved. Of course, when he finally gets a chance to ascend the depth chart, he falls back down to earth with an unfortunate injury.
With Powell out, McKnight is not going to be able to make any moves to get more playing time with the base offense. More so than anything, McKnight is a loser this week simply because of his bad luck.
Winner: Aaron Maybin
Before this game, Maybin was so invisible that I started to wonder whether or not he was even worth a roster spot anymore.
However, Maybin rebounded nicely, getting himself a sack and using a variety of inside moves to put pressure on Andrew Luck.
I also saw Maybin working on earlier downs as well, which could mean that the coaches don't think he is the massive liability in the run game as he is perceived to be.
Working against a weak Colts offensive line, this was a perfect situation for Maybin to get back on track, and he capitalized.
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