Colts offense vs. Jets Defense
The Colts offense is led by rookie phenom and number 1 overall pick Andrew Luck. Luck has looked very little like a rookie this year. His poise in the pocket makes it seem as if he is light years ahead of the young rookie he truly is. His coming out party may have been last week when he led his team back at home against the Green Bay Packers for a stunning win that no one saw coming. Luck is going to be an absolute star in this league and is putting on a show early on in his career. The colts don't have a lot in the ground game. Donald Brown is their leading back, but he is no more than an adequate back at best. He can hit you for some big plays on routes out of the backfield, but he's not going to kill you on the ground too much. Then again, against this Jets run defense, he may have a career day with the way they've been playing. Luck does have some options in the passing game though. Reggie Wayne is having a resurgent season as lucks main go to guy. He can still run a route with the best of them and has great hands. Wayne had a career day last week against green bay and is showing there is still plenty of life left in his game. The colts also have Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton as deep threats on the outside. Indianapolis also uses Coby Fleener, who was Lucks tight end in college as well, to run some inside and seam routes. This will undoubtedly be a test for the Jets pass defense this week. Then again, if you're indianapolis, and youve seen how the Jets play the run, you should probably just pound it at them and see if you can get your own run game going.
The Colts defense has been revamped into a 3-4 look by new head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano, who will prbably miss the rest of the season as he battles leukemia, came from the 3-4 of Baltimore and brought it with him to the Colts. The Colts have not been great on defense so far as the transfer over to the 3-4 from years of the 4-3 will take some time. The 3-4 takes Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, two of the best pass rushing defensive ends, and puts them at outside linebacker now. The Jets need to use this to their advantage and attack this guys in pass coverage. Freeney has been hurt and his best days are behind him now. Mathis is new at the position and needs to be challenged. The defensive line is led by cory Redding, who came over from Baltimore with Pagano. The colts try to confuse you with their 3-4 looks and get pressure from the outside, just like the jets try and do. The secondary has got some pretty good players. The two corners, Vontae davis and jerraud powers, are solid players. Davis was brought in by trade from Miami and has the skills to be a very good corner. Powers has been in Indy for years and has always been a good zone corner. The two safties, antoine bethea and tom zbikowski are heady veterans who are big hitters. Zbikowski is another former raven brought over here to help run the defense.
The Jets offense should be able to make some plays against this defense this week. Mark sanchez, who desperately needs a good game this week, should see some opportunities this week again to make some plays. Jeremy kerley will be a tough cover for the colts, and if dustin keller does return as he has said he will, it should help the jets a ton. as for the ground game, i don't know what to say. Shonne Greene continues to be a disappointment and the jets are just not using bilal powell or joe mcknight enough in the run game. you have to give those guys opportunities. also, this offensive line is simply not run blocking well enough. there are no holes and they aren't getting to the second level. this offense is on the verge of being entirely revamped if things don't come together quickly.