New York's Ken O'Brien passed for 164 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as the Jets, aided by Indianapolis' three first-half fumbles, beat the Colts, 35-17, in an NFL game today.

The Jets, leading the AFC's Eastern Division with a 7-2 record, scored on five of their first six possessions, including three times in a 3:43 span in the second quarter.

The Colts are 3-6.

The Jets started the game-breaking streak with a 76-yard drive midway through the second period. They faced third and 19 early, but Freeman McNeil went 20 yards for a first down near midfield. The drive ended with O'Brien's second touchdown pass, a seven-yarder to Wesley Walker.

New York regained possession on the Colts' next play when Pat Beach fumbled a reception and cornerback Kerry Glenn recovered at the Indianapolis 12. Two plays later, O'Brien passed nine yards to Rocky Klever for the touchdown.

Mike Pagel completed a 17-yard pass to George Wonsley to start the next series, but Wonsley fumbled on the following play and Glenn, who also had an interception, recovered again at the Colts' 42.

This time, it took four plays, with reserve fullback Dennis Bligen carrying 28 yards for his first professional touchdown and a 35-3 lead with 2:38 remaining that stood at the half.

O'Brien hit 13 of 18 attempts for 147 yards in the first half.

McNeil finished with 149 yards, his fifth 100-plus rushing game of the year, to boost his league-leading total to 945 yards.