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Good, Bad and Ugly of the Jets Win

A chance to breathe easy after a 35-9 win over the Colts

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    Gang Green became Gang Greene on Sunday.

    It would be very easy to look at Sunday's 35-9 win over the Colts and say that the Jets took advantage of a bad team that didn't have the emotional charge that they carried with them into their win over the Packers in the prior week. 

    It would probably even be true. Being true doesn't make it all that much more relevant, though. 

    The Jets can only beat the teams put in front of them on the schedule. And whether the Colts are indeed bad or not -- that was an impressive performance on Sunday. The offense finally found some momentum running the ball, breaking off big plays on the ground for the first time all season and allowing the Jets offense to push Indy around the way that the 49ers and Texans pushed around the Jets defense in the previous two weeks. 

    This win didn't fix everything about the Jets, not by a long shot, but it did change the air around the team. As much as you might want to downplay the signs of life, there's no question that the Jets would be as much of a punching bag as Alex Rodriguez this Monday if they had lost to the Colts. 

    It would have confirmed everyone's criticisms and basically led to calls to write off the rest of the season. The Jets are 3-3 today, though, and they are in a tie with every other AFC East team. 

    That means there's still a chance to make something of this season and still a chance for these awful last two weeks to mean as little as any of the Giants' early struggles meant by the end of the last season. We're not predicting or even thinking the Jets will follow the same path as their stadium-mates, but Sunday was a good reminder that nothing that's happened thus far makes it impossible. 

    Here's the rest of the good, bad and ugly from Sunday's win. 

    GOOD: Shonn Greene might have had the most dramatic turnaround of any player in recent memory this week as he went from a guy who looked like he had no NFL future to 161 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. The value of momentum can be discussed to death, but there's no question that it is easier to build off success than constantly answer questions about what's wrong. 

    BAD: There's a weird level of media investment in Andrew Luck's success and we do believe he'll be a very good quarterback one day. One day is the key part of that and he wasn't any good Sunday in a game that might have been a shutout if not for Jets defensive penalties.

    UGLY: Those penalties came far too often and they were almost all of the 15-yard or automatic first down variety while also wiping out one of Antonio Cromartie's two interceptions. You'll take the trade off that comes with aggressiveness in a game like this, but it will hurt them against better teams. 

    GOOD: Greene deserves credit, but so does a much-maligned offensive line that flexed its muscles for the first time this season on Sunday. Nick Mangold played on a bad wheel, but you'd never know it by the way the middle of the line opened up like the Red Sea time after time. 

    GOOD: The Jets might not have a clue how to use Tim Tebow on offense, but the decision to make him a part of the punt team keeps paying off. They called another fake punt this week, passing instead of running this time, and it is proving to be a very nice weapon to have in the arsenal. 

    GOOD: Stephen Hill didn't play a ton after missing two games with a hamstring injury, but he showed more signs of being a player with a bright future. His early touchdown catch was purely a result of his relentless effort to get open despite decent coverage, something the Jets haven't had enough of this season. 

    GOOD: It's Patriots week and they're coming off a loss while the Jets are coming off a win. Should make for some quality entertainment. 

    Josh Alper is also a writer for Pro Football Talk. You can follow him on Twitter.

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