Okay football fans the NFL is back in action, even if it's only preseason week one. On Thursday night the New York Jets hosted the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium and we will some up the highlights of the contest that the Jets came out on top of 13-10.
The Colts would open the scoring by moving down the field behind starting quarterback Andrew Luck on there opening drive, but only getting an Adam Vinatieri field goal. When the Jets got the ball Geno Smith's first throw went right to Eric Decker for seven yards. The Jets would be forced to punt after a false start penalty on a third down and 14 yard play. Matt Hasselbeck relieved Luck on the second series for the Colts. David Harris would sack him to end that second drive. On the second Jets drive Smith threw a crisp pass to Jeff Cumberland for 11 yards. Geno also used his legs to run for a first down, 10 yards, on a misdirection to the left. The Jets would tie the score at three apiece as Nick Folk's 51 yard field goal just squeaked over the cross bar. Hasselbeck would lead a Colts scoring drive when he hit Dan Herron inside the 10 yard line for a touchdown catch and run. Rookie Jeremiah George took a mis-step in coverage that allowed the the score to happen. Michael Vick would come in and work with the one's on his first drive. He also used his legs to keep the drive going with a long run that moved the Jets past mid-field. On a third down and four yard play Vick connected with Jace Amaro for five yards on a play where he used his size to sit down in the zone for the catch. The Jets went for it on a fourth down and four yard play from the eight yard line when Vick hit Tommy Bohanon to get them to first and goal to go. Two plays later Chris Johnson ran it in for the score to even the game again at 10 each. Before halftime Vinatieri missed a 29 yard field goal.
Matt Simms came in to start the third quarter with the second team. Troy Davis laid the lumber with a hard special teams hit/tackle. When the Colts got the ball, future/reserve player T.J. Barnes sacked Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish. Simms was somewhat erratic at times but connected with Jace Amaro for 13 yards and a first down with about two and half minutes left in the quarter. In the fourth quarter rookie Dexter McDougle flashed some brilliance with a nice pass defense. Alex Green and Daryl Richardson were making there cases to be the fourth running back on the roster behind CJ2K, Ivory and Powell. Green took a pitch from Simms for 20 yards on one play that saw him get the edge over Richardson for now. Simms also connected with Michael Campbell for 22 yards on a nice crisp pass for him. Undrafted free agent full back Chad Young made a nice juggling catch for eight yards and a first down to keep the Jets final drive alive. Camp competition kicker Andrew Furney would make his own 51 yard field goal to put the Jets up 13-10 with just over a minute to go in the game. Rookie linebacker IK Enemkpali would hit Harnish and cause a fumble that linebacker AJ Edds would recover to end the game.
Some will say that because Geno Smith started and with the first team the Jets didn't score that that would be reason enough to start Michael Vick over him for week one. Not in this writer's opinion, Smith needs to get more reps with all of his new weapons in order to run a fluid offense and he will do so in the next two preseason contests. Next up the Jets travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Saturday the 16th, which was expected after there testy affair last season.
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