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Ryan’s Hope: Jets Season Alive After 35-9 Win Over Colts

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The NY Jets (3-3) beat the Indianapolis Colts (2-3) in a 35-9 romp at MetLife Stadium, a victory which surely helps head coach Rex Ryan take a deep breath, at least for the time being. It also showed that the Jets have a running game (or at least that Shonn Greene (161 years, 3 TDs) does, and Mark Sanchez may have saved his job going 11-18 but for a measly 82 yards, though with two TDs.

For the Jets the story was teamwork, and even back-up QB Tim Tebow got in on the act in a very slick play. Acting as punt protector, Tebow grabbed the snap and made a pass to LB Nick Bellore for 23 yards. The home crowd went crazy with this play, and if nothing else this shows how Ryan is thinking creatively about using Tebow.

With Darrelle Revis out for the season, all eyes have turned to Antonio Cromartie to be the CB that the team needs, and today it seemed like he could rise to that challenge. If Cromartie can be that player, and the rest of the defense gets back to Ryan’s methodology, it could move improve the team’s chances considerably.

This game gave Ryan hope, but reality also rears its ugly head in the form of next week’s opponent: the New England Patriots. This week the Jets got a lucky break with the Colts, but they are going to have a tough assignment on their hands coming up.

If the Jets can somehow pull off a victory next week, then who knows where this season could go. Without Santonio Holmes and Revis, we haven’t had much going for us lately, but today there is hope. Ryan has reason to smile and so do his players, at least for now.

Photo credit: Shonn Green-draftwatch.com; Ryan-nydailynews.com

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.