Andrew Luck and the Colts had no answer for the Jets defense, and New York won easily by a score of 20-7 Monday night. Indianapolis committed 5 turnovers, with 4 by their quarterback alone. The other turnover came on a fumble by Frank Gore as he was trying to trim the Jets lead to 10-6 in the 3rd quarter.
The Jets had a conservative game plan, but were able to exploit their wide receivers in 1 on 1 match-ups with the Colts defensive backs. Brandon Marshall had 7 catches for 101 yards and 1 TD, while Eric Decker tallied 8 receptions for 97 yards to go with 1 touchdown. Ryan Fitzpatrick was his normal gun-slinging self while throwing for 244 yards, 2 TD’s and one interception. He took lots of chances and hit more often than not completing 22 of his 34 passes. He was aided by all the back-ups on the field for Indianapolis, who was down their top 3 corners.
Andrew Luck on the other hand had those 4 turnovers on 3 interceptions and 1 fumble. The Colts running game, featuring new addition Frank Gore, showed flashes but never really got going. Luck’s receivers had trouble getting open against cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Luck managed 250 yards on 21 for 37 passing with a touchdown.
Even with all the mistakes, Indianapolis had their chances to win this game. Frank Gore’s fumble was especially costly and even more so, unexpected. The Jets had only amassed a 10-0 lead to that point.
The Jets go on to play the Eagles at home next week, while the Colts will travel to Tennesse to face the Titans.
Spark Sports NFL Analyst