Sunday , December 3 2023
Ryan has reason to smile and so do his players, at least for now.

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

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.

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana's stories, articles, and poems have been published in literary magazines and online. His books '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 in print, online, and as e-books. 'Heartbeat and Other Poems,' 'If the Fates Allow: New York Christmas Stories,' 'Garden of Ghosts,' and 'Flashes in the Pan' are available exclusively on Amazon. His newest books 'The Stranger from the Sea' and 'Love in the Time of the Coronavirus' are available as e-books and in print. After winning the National Arts Club Award for Poetry while attending Queens College, he concentrated on writing mostly fiction and non-fiction prose until the recent publication of his new book of poetry, 'Heartbeat and Other Poems' (now available on Amazon). He has worked as a faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with 'Blogcritics Magazine' since July 2005 and has written many articles on a variety of topics; previously co-head sports editor, he now is a Culture and Society and Flash Ficition editor. Having traveled extensively, Victor has visited six continents and intends to get to Antarctica someday where he figures a few ideas for new stories await him.

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