Preseason openers can be uneven affairs, and so it was for the Jets' opener against Indianapolis at MetLife Stadium tonight.
The good part of the evening for Rex Ryan's side was the 13-10 victory, which was fashioned on rookie K
The win was especially noteworthy since Ryan's Jets had gone 0-5 in preseason openers since he took over as head coach in 2009. But the vaunted defense struggled to stop Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck, who put up 206 yards of offense and committed no turnovers in the first half while the Jets' first and second offenses managed less than half that.
"Overall it wasn't great, but it wasn't a pillow fight, either," Ryan said. "A win's a win and we're happy to take it. That's why we compete and I'm happy to open it up with a victory."
And anyone looking for a QB separation in this game didn't get it.
"We did well as an offense," Smith said in the locker room afterward. "We put points on the board, had two drives, got a field goal, and we won the game, so I can't really speak on myself. The coaches do all that. But when you win the game, it's always good for the morale and it's always good to have a first preseason game at home and come away with the victory."
"I felt well. I did all right. Could've been better," Vick assessed. "I wanted to get some throws down the field, but unfortunately that didn't happen, so we'll see what happens next week. There's always next week."
About a round of applause from the fans in the stands when he first took the field, Vick replied, "I wasn't expecting it. ... To get that type of reception, it was a very warm welcome and I appreciate it."
Rex blamed his own playcalling for the defense's rough start, but the players were putting their performance on themselves.
"I'm always tough," LB
"It was just good to get out there and finally get a rhythm," Simms said. "Obviously in camp you only play sparingly. I felt composed back there and felt like I was making good decisions, so I was excited that I got some of that rust off."
First Half: Fit to Be Tied
The first defense didn't open exactly the way it wanted. After a pass play stop by
Indy replaced Luck with Hasselbeck for its second series and this one went much better from the Jets' perspective as
The Green & White on Smith's second possession drove across midfield before stalling, then brought on "Folk Hero." And Folk found a way again, driving his own 51-yard field goal try off the crossbar/upright joint and through to tie the score at 3-3. It was Folk's 15th 50-plus FG as the Jets' kicker and his fifth in the preseason, all since 2010.
But the Colts were up for the task and then some, moving against the Jets' mix of first- and second-string defenders 80 yards on nine plays to Hasselbeck's swing pass to Daniel Herron, who beat rookie LB
Michael Vick then came in with 13:17 to go in the half. Eighty yards later, Vick's first drive as a Jets QB produced Johnson's first TD as a Jets RB on a 1-yard run and the score was again tied, this time at 10. Helping the drive along were a pair of 15-yard penalties on Colts DBs, Vick's 15-yard scramble, and his 6-yard fourth-down completion to FB
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