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The Jets Are in First Place (and Also Last)

Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Hey, the Jets looked pretty good!

For one afternoon, the Jets finally had their Ideal Universe game. The defense was prowling, snarling, and discombobulating. Mark Sanchez completed more than half his passes (barely) and didn't throw any interceptions. Tim Tebow was an effective change-of-pace weapon. And, most of all, the running game set the pace and dominated, with a huge game from Shonn Greene. When Rex Ryan dreams, this is what he dreams about. Well, it's one of the things he dreams about.

The Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts 35-9 yesterday in a gleeful breezer, a game in which they jumped out to a 24-3 lead and just sort of ran the rest of the game out. Greene had the best game of his career, running for 161 yards and three touchdowns. (It's a good thing too; both of his backups, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, got hurt. McKnight did have a 61-yard run.) The team ran for 252 yards in total, and it is extremely difficult to lose a football game when you run for 252 yards.

The Colts were coming off a big emotional win over Green Bay — a team that drilled previously undefeated Houston last night — but were overwhelmed by the Jets, which seems sorta funny to say. The Jets were desperate not to lose their third straight game at home and played like it. And now, after the loss by New England yesterday and the wins by Buffalo and Miami, everyone in the AFC East is 3-3. First place!

Mark Sanchez is getting a bit of praise for not turning the ball over yesterday, and we suppose he should, but let's not get carried away; he threw for 82 yards on the day. Tim Tebow had a fun play, though, throwing a 23-yard pass on a fake punt that led to a Jets touchdown. It was a nifty play call from offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, but honestly, we have no idea why anyone would ever fall for a fake punt by the Jets when Tebow is in there.

The Jets needed a win, and they needed to get everyone off their backs for a week. (Now all those people are on the Yankees' back.) Next week they travel to New England in a game they're unlikely to win ... though the Patriots are a lot less scary so far this year. Right now, the Jets are 3-3 and feeling good about themselves. Considering the tire fire the season was dangerously close to last week — and would have turned into had they lost this game — they've gotta be happy with that.

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