The New York Jets open as 3.5 point favorites at home over the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets enter Week 6 at 2-3 following a hard-fought 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. Behind rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts overcame an 18 point halftime deficit to beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 5 and improve to 2-2.
The total for the match up between the Jets and Colts is 43, and features much-maligned Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez who is relying on backup receivers following the loss of Santonio Holmes to a season-ending foot injury. Sanchez has completed fewer than half of his throws in four straight games and continues to deal with the looming presence of Tim Tebow. Meanwhile, the Jets have managed just one offensive touchdown in the past two games, both losses.
Yet the greatest obstacle facing the Jets this week might be their extensive injury report which featured 19 players including Bart Scott (toe), Dustin Keller (hamstring), Sione Pouha (back) and Bryan Thomas (hamstring).
The Colts put forth a heroic effort in the second half on Sunday led by Luck and Reggie Wayne who hauled in 13 passes for 212 yards and the game-winning touchdown. The Colts will be looking for a repeat performance this Sunday against a depleted Jets team.