The Washington Times-Herald

October 12, 2012

Colts/Jets Pregame Capsule

Tom Jones
Tribune-Star correspondent

INDIANAPOLIS — The game -- Indianapolis Colts (2-2, 0-1 AFC South) at New York Jets (2-3, 2-0 AFC East), 1 p.m. (EST), MetLife Stadium (FieldTurf), East Rutherford, NJ.

Coverage -- CBSSports (Jim Nantz, Phil Sims); Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Will Wolford, Kevin Lee); Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 106, Colts; Channel 85, Jets); XM NFL Radio (Channel 230, Jets).

The coaches -- Colts: Bruce Arians, interim (1-0, 1st year). Jets: Rex Ryan (30-23, 4th year with New York).

The series -- 67th regular-season meeting. The Colts lead series, 40-26. Indianapolis has won three of their past four games played on the road with New York. The Colts have posted victories in seven of the past 10 games with the Jets. Indianapolis has a 21-12 regular-season road record against New York (8-6 at Shea Stadium and 13-6 at Giants Stadium). The Colts registered a 31-28 win the last time the two teams played in New York in 2006. QB Peyton Manning scored on a 1-yard run to seal the comeback victory. The Jets have posted wins in three of the four post-season meetings between the two franchises, including Super Bowl III. New York also posted playoff wins in 2003 (41-0), and 2011 (17-16). Indianapolis handed the Jets a 30-17 loss in the 2009 AFC Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Noting it -- RB Vick Ballard will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Jets. Ballard, a rookie from Mississippi State, has been the primary backup to starter Donald Brown for the first four games of the season. He will replace Brown, who is sidelined for a couple of weeks with a knee injury. Ballard has 21 carries this year for 42 yards in spot duty...RB Delone Carter was active for the Packers game last week. It was Carter's first time on the active roster for a game this season. He had been sidelined during OTAs with a broken thumb and then suffered a rib injury in the preseason opener with St. Louis. With Donald Brown sidelined for a couple of weeks, Carter is now expected to get more work...QB Drew Stanton is the Colts' primary backup to starter Andrew Luck. But Stanton came very close to being part of the New York Jets quarterback rotation. He signed with New York over the offseason after beginning his career in Detroit. But after the Jets added Tim Tebow to the roster, Stanton requested a trade. His request was eventually granted as he was traded to Indianapolis...Jets coach Rex Ryan has a 2-1 career won-loss record against Indianapolis...QB Andrew Luck leads all AFC quarterbacks with 104 rushing yards. He posted his first career rushing touchdown in last week's win over Green Bay...WR Reggie Wayne is averaging an NFL-best 126.5 receiving yards per game this season. He has had 506 receiving yards in four games...Wayne has 898 career receptions. He needs two catches to become the 14th player in NFL history to reach 900 career receptions...Wayne has caught a pass in 100 consecutive regular-season games. He has also led the Colts in receiving for five consecutive seasons (2007-11)...PK Adam Vinatieri has scored at least one point in 134 consecutive regular-season games...Rookie WR T.Y. Hilton is averaging is averaging 20.6 yards per catch so far this season. Hilton has eight catches for 165 yards through four games...Rookie TE Dwayne Allen has two touchdown catches in his past three games, including last week against Green Bay...OLB Robert Mathis is aiming for his eighth game in a row with at least one sack...OLB Dwight Freeney has registered three sacks in three regular-season games with the Jets...DE Cory Redding had two sacks in last week's game with Green Bay, his first two career sacks since joining the Colts.

Did you know? -- QB Andrew Luck is the first rookie in NFL history to pass for 1,200 or more yards (1,208) and record at least two wins in the Colts' first four games.