Freeman McNeil rushed for 124 yards and scored twice, Richard Todd threw two touchdown passes and the New York Jets routed the Baltimore Colts, 37-0, today.
The Jets (2-1) did not look like a team that returned to practice a day later than the Colts (0-3) and most others following the 57-day strike, scoring on all five possessions of the first half for a 27-0 lead. McNeil, who became the first back in Jets' history to rush for more than 100 yards in three straight games, began the assault by scoring on a 34-yard draw play 1:23 into the game.
That was followed by Mike Augustyniak's one-yard touchdown run, Todd's 23-yard scoring pass to Lam Jones and field goals of 43 and 37 yards by Pat Leahy.
Baltimore had numerous blunders, including several dropped passes from Mike Pagel and a blocked field-goal attempt, and a fumble and an interception that led to 10 New York points.
Baltimore Coach Frank Kush said the only encouraging thing he saw "was the end of the game . . . I thought it was a disgrace to football, especially our defense. We were pathetic. They scored practically whenever they wanted."
And he didn't blame the strike for the ragged play. "That's a copout," he said. "The Jets had the same layoff and they kicked the hell out of us."
McNeil also scored with 10 seconds left in the third period when he caught a flair pass from Todd and ran 32 yards. Following Darrol Ray's interception on the first play of the fourth quarter, Leahy kicked his third field goal, a 19-yarder with 11:55 left, to close out the scoring.
Todd, despite the long layoff, completed 13 of 27 passes for 231 yards, and had several passes dropped.
The Colts' first chance to score came late in the first period after they drove from their 25 to the Jets' 15. But defensive tackle Marty Lyons blocked Mike Woods' 33-yard field-goal attempt.
In the third quarter, Pagel got his team to the Jets' five, but Curtis Dickey was stopped for no gain on fourth and one.
The game was played under overcast skies and before a Shea Stadium crowd of 46,970, with no-shows totalling 13,402.