faced the Jets in the swamp
This Jets team looks very improved though. They are rough around the edges (they let Buffalo march up and down the field on them last Sunday) but they are certainly better. Chad Pennington looks recovered from two shoulder surgeries. He doesn't have a strong arm, but he delivers the football with accuracy, usually to his favorite target: WR Laveranues Coles. Coles was just awarded AFC Offensive Player of the Month. The Jets offense uses a lot of motion, and they have 3 or 4 running backs sharing the workload. On defense, head coach Eric Mangini is installing a hybrid-Belichick defense in a 3-4 scheme.
This is a tough match-up on the road for the Colts. The Jets are a scrappy team that finds ways to win. Last week, Buffalo QB J.P. Losman threw for over 300 yards and RB Willis McGahee ran for over 100, but Buffalo still lost to the Jets. The reason: turnovers. The Jets find ways to get them. The Colts have to be extra careful with the football. The Jets are ranked 9th in the Stampede Blue power poll for a reason: they get it done.
The good news is Reggie Wayne will likely play Sunday. He returned to practice the other day. Wayne's brother was killed this past Sunday in a traffic accident.
We at Stampede Blue extend our sympathies to Reggie and his family.