The Jets have a lot of moving parts for this big weekend for the visiting Indianapolis Colts.
Saturday night, members of the Jets' 1968 Championship team that defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III 50 seasons ago were honored at a MetLife Stadium dinner. Today the 1968 team will be recognized again during halftime ceremonies.
And the game itself has been designated a "White Out" game, with fans encouraged to wear white and the Jets sporting their white jerseys and white pants (with gray facemasks) against the blue-clad "Horseshoes."
Now all the Jets have to do is go out and defeat the Colts today. At stake: The Jets can get back to .500 at 3-3 and take a two-game win streak into the final game of their three-game homestand next Sunday against Minnesota. And they can send the banged-up Colts reeling to 1-5 with their fourth straight loss.
Isaiah Crowell, active today despite being listed as questionable with an ankle injury, had a monster game in the 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos last week to kick off the homestand, setting franchise single-game records with his 219 rushing yards and 231 yards from scrimmage.
And rookie QB Sam Darnold also continued his growth, winning his first home game as the Jets' starter. In the process he became the first Jets rookie QB to throw for three touchdowns in a game since Geno Smith in 2013 and the first Jets rookie to throw for three TDs in a home game since Joe Namath against the Houston Oilers at Shea Stadium in 1965.
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Namath will be in the stands along with his SBIII teammates to see what Darnold and the Jets have in store for Indy and QB Andrew Luck, who leads the NFL in completions and attempts and triggers the league's No. 1 third-down offense. The Jets defense will go up against Luck down two cornerbacks as starter Trumaine Johnson (quadriceps) will miss his second game and nickel Buster Skrine (concussion) will sit things out as well.
The Jets' inactive list for today's game:
- WR Charone Peake
- CB Trumaine Johnson
- CB Derrick Jones
- CB Buster Skrine
- LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
- LB Tarell Basham
- DL Folorunso Fatukasi
Indy has declared these seven players out with injuries, six of them listed as starters, and all are inactive:
- WR T.Y. Hilton
- S Clayton Geathers
- CB Arthur Maulet
- T Denzelle Good
- TE Jack Doyle
- DT Margus Hunt
- DL Denico Autry
The Jets are wearing white jerseys and white pants for the fourth time under head coach Todd Bowles. Their last win in white/white was in the 2014 season opener at home against Oakland.
Alex Kemp is the referee for his first Jets game today. Kemp was promoted to ref this season. He is the son of the late Stan Kemp, who was the referee for one Jets game, the 24-13 loss at Buffalo in 1991.