Jets look to get on a roll


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EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — Broad­way Joe will be in the build­ing. So will the rest of the 1968 New York Jets, cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the squad that won the fran­chise’s only Su­per Bowl.

Nos­tal­gia will be all around MetLife Sta­dium on Sun­day, with rookie Sam Darnold and this year’s Jets team try­ing to set a much more mod­est goal against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts — not co­in­ci­den­tally, the fran­chise New York beat for that 1969 ti­tle while it was in Bal­ti­more.

Com­ing off an im­pres­sive 34-16 vic­tory over Den­ver last Sun­day and with the likes of Joe Na­math and Don May­nard watch­ing, New York will look to win con­sec­u­tive games for the first time since tak­ing three straight in Weeks 3-5 last sea­son — over a year ago.

“We’ve got a good team,” Darnold said. “It’s just about putting to­gether the pieces. Ob­vi­ously, we put some to­gether this past Sun­day. We’ve just got to build off of it and, for me per­son­ally, I’ve just got to stay con­sis­tent.”

The Jets (2-3) have strug­gled with that. They opened the sea­son with a 48-17 romp at Den­ver and then had clunkers against Mi­ami, Cleve­land and Jack­sonville be­fore get­ting back in the win col­umn last week­end.

“We have to grow up and find a way to string games to­gether and get on win­ning streaks,” left tackle Kelvin Beachum said, “in­stead of los­ing streaks.”

That’s what An­drew Luck and the strug­gling Colts (1-4) will be look­ing to stop when they take the field.

In­di­anapo­lis has lost three in a row, is miss­ing some key play­ers such as wide re­ceiver T.Y. Hilton and tight end Jack Doyle to in­juries, and could see its sea­son re­ally spi­ral with an­other de­feat. The Colts, how­ever, aren’t think­ing about that right now.

“I love that this team has no quit,” tight end Eric Ebron said. “I love the story that we’ll have and I say that be­cause we’re very young, we’re all beat up, and what peo­ple don’t tend to re­al­ize is that you don’t stay beat up for­ever. You get healthy, you get guys back and then you start to es­tab­lish a dom­i­nance.” BIG DEAL

This will mark the first time the teams face each other since swing­ing their stun­ning trade in March that changed the top of the NFL draft.

The Jets ac­quired the No. 3 over­all pick from the Colts to move up to take Darnold, giv­ing them the fran­chise­type quar­ter­back they have been search­ing for.

New York sent In­di­anapo­lis the No. 6 se­lec­tion, which the Colts used to pick cur­rent start­ing left guard Quen­ton Nel­son. The Jets also shipped two sec­ond-round picks this year — one with which In­di­anapo­lis took start­ing right guard Braden Smith; the other was used in a trade — along with a sec­ond-rounder next year.


Jets run­ning back Isa­iah Crow­ell leads the AFC with 390 yards rush­ing, and ranks third in the NFL be­hind only Dal­las’ Ezekiel El­liott (480) and Rams’ Todd Gur­ley (415).

Crow­ell soared up the list against Den­ver last Sun­day when he set a fran­chise record with 219 yards rush­ing on just 15 car­ries.

Joe Rob­bins / Getty Im­ages

The Jets’ Isa­iah Crow­ell car­ries the ball for a 7-yard touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter against the Cleve­land Browns on Sept. 20.

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