Richard Moore takes a close look at the match-up...
The Jets are in total disarray, coming off of two consecutive losses, one of which being a 34 – 0 annihilation at the hands of a 49ers side that ran over them for 245 – yards.
The second, though being a much closer loss to the Texans, provided a clear illustration of the ills that have plagued the Jets, particularly from an offensive standpoint, as Houston were aided and abetted in their quest for victory by an increasingly errant Mark Sanchez who had five passes tipped, one of which deviating off the hands of one his intended target Jeff Cumberland, as he attempted to initiate a comeback drive with 3:28 left on the clock.
Sanchez is completing less than 50% of his passes, a desperately poor 48.4% to be exact, and has as many touchdowns as interceptions this season…six.
The Jets New York will be without its leading receiver Santonio Holmes for the rest of the year because of a foot injury, leaving the Jets with even more problems offensively, as Dustin Keller is also out, and Plaxico Burress was deemed surplus to requirements, which leaves Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kurley, and Jason Hill…
Desperate times it would seem.
Indianapolis on the other hand are 2-2 following an emotionally charged come from behind, 21 – 3 victory over Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers, and thus are feeling rather content at present.
Debutant Andrew Luck may not be the epitome of Quarterbacking perfection at present, as demonstrated by his 7 touchdowns, five interceptions and a modest 56.4 completion percentage, but he appears to be a far more settled entity than his equivalent in East Rutherford.
Verdict: Both teams on average are conceding around 25 points a game, 26.4 in the case of Ryan’s dysfunctional Jets outfit, so expect a reasonably high scoring affair with the Jet’s being edged out at home again. As stated previously, though Andrew Luck has a modest rating and completion percentage, he’s not the mentally tortured figure that Sanchez has come to represent of late; therefore you’d be well advised to place your faith in Luck.
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