Jets run back into relevance

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez looks to pass against the Houston Texans during the second...

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez looks to pass against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey October 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:48 PM ET

They are a tough-nosed team that can run the ball, and stop the run.

They have a starting quarterback who can expertly move the ball through the air, despite what all the critics say.

Yes, this was the New York Jets team head coach Rex Ryan had steadfastly insisted he still had, despite three ugly losses in the previous four weeks.

And that’s the Jets team that showed up at home on Sunday and physically crushed the Indianapolis Colts, 35-9, on both sides of the ball.

Shonn Greene ran wild, (161 yards and three touchdowns), as New York piled up 252 yards on the ground — by far its best output since last year.

That allowed Mark Sanchez to throw for two scores and, generally, be more efficient and effective than he’d been since the Jets’ Week 1 win over Buffalo.

The Jets (3-3) had been uncharacteristically surrendering rushing yards in chunks all season, but they held the Colts (2-3) to just 41. And they limited rookie Andrew Luck to 22-of-42 passing for 280 yards.

“Our message has been the same, and that’s about staying together and building a team and keep making those steps forward,” Ryan said.

Offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson agreed.

“I think today represented the team that we are, and the team we can be,” he said.


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