Final Score: Jets 20, Colts 7
September 21, 2015
Week 2 in the NFL finished up on “Monday Night Football” with an AFC battle between the Colts and the Jets. Indianapolis was coming off a somewhat surprising Week 1 loss to the Bills, while New York took care of business at home against the Browns in their opener. Even though they’re not in the same division, these two teams have an interesting history together and their matchups are always entertaining.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and stats from this one so we can figure out why things happened the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 3 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Jets turned an early first-quarter possession into pay dirt with a 6-yard pass TD hookup from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker. Neither team could get much going otherwise, and the score stood 7-0 at the end of one.
The only points the Jets could manage in the second quarter came on a 35-yard field goal from Nick Folk. A defensive battle ensued, and a missed field goal by Folk closed things out into halftime at 10-0.
After the break, The Colts were able to penetrate the Jets D and get in position to push through a hard-nosed touchdown attempt to cap off a nice drive. (And they also avoided a crushing fumble call on a replay.) Shortly thereafter, Frank Gore fumbled at the goal line on a poor handoff exchange and spoiled the opportunity. The third quarter would end on a 10-0 tally in favor of the Jets.
In the fourth, the Colts finally got a rhythm on offense, ending an 8-play, 91-yard drive with a Donte Moncrief TD hookup with Andrew Luck. New York responded well with a Fitzpatrick TD pass to Brandon Marshall, and the scoreboard read 17-7 with 6:20 left.
The Jets would get another possession after a third Luck pick (and avoid a near-fumble). Folk nailed a field goal to put the game out of reach at 20-7 with less than a minute left. That’s the way things would stay, as New York rode to an improbable victory and a 2-0 start.
The Stars: Darrelle Revis is the face of the franchise, and we’re putting him and the Jets defense here. Revis came up with two fumble recoveries and a pick, leading a stifling New York D to an impressive win.
The Jets passing game was pretty good in this victory: Decker posted eight grabs for 97 yards and a score, while Marshall put up seven for 101 and a TD.
The Goats: Five turnovers--that’s going to be the story here as the Indy offense tries to gather itself this season. Luck ended up with a horrid 18-for-34 line for one TD and three picks. His and Gore’s fumbles served to destroy any momentum the Colts had gained.
Great win aside, the Jets run game was pretty limp in this one. Chris Ivory rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries while Bilal Powell added just 38 more on 12 totes.
Injuries: The Colts’ Vontae Davis suffered a scary head injury and was taken to the locker room for evaluation. He was out for the remainder of the game with a concussion. He’s the lynchpin of the Colts secondary, so we’ll have to keep an eye on his recovery to see where they stand going into Week 3.
Indianapolis TE Dwayne Allen also left the game due to an ankle injury. Making matters worse, T.Y Hilton seemed to tweak his knee on a long completion, and D‘quell Jackson came off the field late. It’s going to be an interesting week at practice for the Colts.
The Jets’ Eric Decker went into the locker room with a knee injury late in the game. He’ll get an MRI today. The early indications are that it’s a PCL issue that won’t require surgery.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 3, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, September 27 at 1:00 PM ET. The Colts will head down to Tennessee to visit the Titans (CBS) and the Jets will host the incoming Eagles (FOX).
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