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It could be a win for the Jets simply to stay aggressive on this recreation after two weeks of trying like a doormat. This one might be shut at halftime, however the Colts will draw back because the Jets’ offense fails to achieve the top zone.
Colts 24, Jets 9
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor vs. Jets entrance seven
The Jets gave up a whopping 6.three yards per carry towards the 49ers final week, however most of that injury got here on two lengthy runs. It was an uncharacteristic efficiency from a protection that was robust towards the run final yr.
Coordinator Gregg Williams’ group now has to attempt to cease Taylor, the Colts rookie who ran for 101 yards and one landing on 26 carries, and helped Indianapolis management the clock for 38 minutes within the win over the Vikings. The second-round decide has changed Marlon Mack within the beginning lineup, and the Jets’ entrance might be challenged making an attempt to gradual him down.
The Jets final week gave up a landing run of 80 yards on the primary play of the sport, had a 67-yard landing run referred to as again, then allowed a 55-yard run on a third-and-31 play. There was loads for the protection to scrub up this week.
“We had the 2 runs within the ballgame that have been irritating,” Williams mentioned, “however the subsequent 27 have been 1.7 per carry. … That’s how we’re alleged to play all of them. You simply can’t let one in every of them pop and we did. However they realized from it and grew from it.”
In-D: The Colts have the No. 1 protection within the NFL after a dominating efficiency final week of their win over the Vikings. The commerce with the 49ers for DeForest Buckner paid dividends. He sacked Kirk Cousins 1.5 occasions, one time for a security. The Colts pressured three interceptions from Cousins and held him to a dismal 15.9 quarterback ranking.
This isn’t a protection the Jets’ offense can simply get nicely towards.
“They’re actually good up entrance and their linebacking corps is as quick as most likely we’re going to play,” Jets coach Adam Gase mentioned. “These guys, they know their protection. This feels prefer it’s fairly near the identical group that I went towards in 2018 [when Gase coached the Dolphins]. They’ve added a couple of new items, however for essentially the most half, plenty of identical guys, big-time guys. I believe including Buckner actually makes their entrance harmful.”
Vast Receivers Wished: The Jets enter this recreation with out their high three huge receivers.
“We’re all the way down to whoever is obtainable, whoever’s obtained a pulse proper now, we’re able to go,” Gase mentioned.
This might be a problem for quarterback Sam Darnold. Jamison Crowder (hamstring), Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Denzel Mims (hamstring) are out. That leaves Chris Hogan, Braxton Berrios and Josh Malone because the group’s receivers.
With the receiving corps that banged up, Gase goes to must depend on others to provide within the passing recreation. Working backs Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine, and tight ends Chris Herndon and Ryan Griffin must be elements if the Jets’ offense goes to have any success.
Serving Pancakes: One of many solely positives this season for the Jets has been the efficiency of left deal with Mekhi Becton, the group’s first-round decide. The 6-for-7, 370-pounder is the highest-graded rookie by Professional Soccer Focus and has been throwing folks round.
Final week, Becton pancaked one 49ers defender and obtained up screaming on the sideline to maintain operating the ball behind him.
“That’s all the time been my mentality since rising up,” Becton mentioned. “I all the time need the ball run behind me. It all the time feels good after I’m blocking my accountability and I can see the operating again chopping off my butt for a giant achieve. It all the time feels good seeing that.”
Outdated Man Rivers: The Jets will see a well-known face in a brand new place this week beneath quarterback for the Colts. The 38-year-old Philip Rivers is in his first yr in Indianapolis after taking part in 16 years for the Chargers. Rivers is 5-4-1 in his profession towards the Jets.
Rivers has reunited with Colts coach Frank Reich, whom he labored with in San Diego. Reich didn’t ask Rivers to do loads final week towards the Vikings. He took a couple of deep pictures, however principally operated in a brief, protected passing recreation because the Colts managed the clock with the run. He has two touchdowns and three interceptions by means of two video games.