Jets look to get on a roll
COLTS AT JETS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M. (CBS)
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.
The Jets’ Isaiah Crowell carries the ball for a 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 20.