Shonn Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns to power a rejuvenated "Ground-and-Pound" offense that rushed for more than 250 yards, Mark Sanchez was efficient and Tim Tebow made a few big plays in a 35-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts yesterday.
Even the Jets' maligned defense was able to shut down Andrew Luck and the Colts' offense as New York snapped a two-game losing streak that had many wondering if the season was about to spiral out of control.
For a week, at least, Sanchez was in total control and the Jets (3-3 ) had their best overall performance - save for a handful of personal foul penalties - since an opening-week rout of Buffalo. Indianapolis (2-3 ) trailed 21-6 at halftime and couldn't erase a big deficit for the second straight week after coming back from 18 points and beating Green Bay last Sunday.
In Baltimore, Jacoby Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return, contributing to the Ravens' 31-29 victory over Dallas. The third-quarter return tied the mark set by Ellis Hobbs of New England against the New York Jets in 2007 and matched in 2011 by Randall Cobb of Green Bay against New Orleans.
In other NFL games early yesterday, almost all home teams prevailed. Cleveland beat Cincinnati 34-24; Tampa Bay thrashed Kansas City 38-10; Atlanta squeaked past Oakland 23-20; and Miami held off St. Louis 17-14.
The lone exception were the Detroit Lions, who kicked a field goal to tie the game in Philadelphia against the Eagles with time expiring and kicked another in overtime to win 26-23.
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