Jets Display Fight But Fall To the Colts
Pundits have written about what the Jets could not accomplish throughout training camp and pre-season. In the first four games of the NFL season, they've answered some of the questions that have been pondered all season and done more than expected.
The Jets almost solved the huge problem of containing Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday. With 2:34 left in the ballgame, the Jets held a slight 28-24 lead due to a 103 yard kickoff return by Justin Miller.
But the Jets could not hold on and in an emotional see-saw contest, the former NFL MVP engineered a touchdown drive and finished off the Jets for a 31-28 win. The one yard quarterback sneak with 50 seconds stunned the Meadowlands sellout crowd which had thought a victory was in their grasp.
The Jets may have a 2-2 record but they have competed in every game and have surprised others with their aggressive game plan and preparation. It's a byproduct of the discipline head coach Eric Mangini has instilled in the program. Their results have been better than most people expected.
QB Chad Pennington continued to play well in his resurgence from shoulder surgery along with WR Laverneus Coles, who was named the AFC Offensive player of the month and future WR star Jerricho Cotchery.
The running game finally found success but RB Cedric Houston, who rushed for 49 yards on 12 carries, but was taken off the field for a knee injury in the third quarter. He'll miss most likely the crucial road matchup against Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon (4:05 p.m., CBS), who is smarting from an 36-30 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins last week.
But there are still many kinks to work out to be a winning team. A pass rush has been absent though DE Shaun Ellis did get two sacks against Manning. Penalties have hurt as well. In a year which was the team was expected to rebuild, they've done better than expected. The Jets don't believe that a moral victory is a good as a "W" in the win column.
Veteran OL Pete Kendall pulls no punches when the question of a moral victory is discussed. He wants to win.
"I don't think you can project from one week to the other. We played a couple of good ball games and won them. We've come up short in another couple of ball games. We're a .500 football team right now, I don't think that's good enough for anybody here, we'll see how it winds up."