After the Jets took care of business in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, their focus shifted to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.
Despite losing by 13 to the Buffalo Bills, the Colts came into this game as a seven-point favorite. The Jets didn’t care too much about this spread as they responded by leading the entire game.
What was supposed to be a high-powered offense simply had no answer for the Jets’ defense that dominated for an entire 60 minutes. The Jets took advantage of a weak offensive line and dialed up the pressure on Luck.
Luck looked uncomfortable all night and the pressure disrupted his timing as he only completed 21 out of his 37 passes. He threw three interceptions and on every one of those interceptions, he was being hit by a Jets Defender. The defense made big plays all night, creating 5 turnovers which ups their total to 10 on the season.
Offensively, the Jets were conservative with their play calls. Indianapolis’s defense held New York’s running game in check, but couldn’t stop any of their receivers especially when Vontae Davis left the game with a concussion.
Ryan Fitzpatrick utilized his top two receivers as Marshall and Decker combined for 15 receptions, 198 yards, and two touchdowns. Marshall’s touchdown killed any momentum the Colts might have had after scoring a touchdown to bring the deficit to just 3 points.
Even though the Jets had success through the air, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey continued to call running plays and drives were stalled due to its ineffectiveness. The running game is vital to the Jets offense, but the passing game was so successful that they could’ve leaned more heavily on it to increase their lead.
Gailey was more aggressive with his play calling once the Colts cut the deficit to 3, and it paid off for Gang Green. Fitzpatrick utilized Marshall, who clearly had an advantage on Indianapolis’s secondary.
The Jets look to go 3-0 for the first time since 2009 against the 0-2 Eagles on Sunday. The Eagles will be missing Kiko Alonso and possibly Mychal Kendricks. It is worth mentioning that Eric Decker left the game in the 4th quarter with a knee injury and is scheduled for an MRI this week.