Jets-Colts Real-Time Analysis

Posted Sep 21, 2015

Eric Allen Gives His Reaction to Monday Night's Game in Indianapolis

Slugger Strikes First: Fresh off a breakout game against the Browns, second-year safety Calvin Pryor collected the first theft of his career to get things going for the visitors in the opening stanza.

A Formula That Works: Last week, the Green & White scored 21 points off of their five takeaways. Their first one Monday – Pryor’s interception – set the offense up at the Indy 9. Fitzpatrick got the Jets on the board first, throwing a six-yard scoring pass to Eric Decker.  It was Fitzpatrick’s third pass TD in two weeks and second to Decker.

Push Goes the Visitors: Credit the Jets defense for halting the Colts on their first march into the red zone. Then the usually reliable Adam Vinatieri pushed a short field goal attempt right.

The Inside Man: Eric Decker has been unstoppable in the first half, hauling in seven passes for 91 yards. A banged-up Colts defensive backfield had no answers for Decker and sometimes he took advantage of linebackers as well. 

Jets Up 10-0 at Half: Nick Folk connected on one of his two FG attempts in the second quarter and the Green & White took a 10-point lead into intermission. The defense forced two takeaways and was perfect on third down as the Colts went 0-of-6. Andrew Luck completed just five of 14 for 52 yards with a pick while Ryan Fitzpatrick went 15 of 24 for 158 yards with a TD and a INT.

Davis Injured: Already banged-up in the defensive backfield (Greg Toler and Darius Butler were inactive), Colts star corner Vontae Davis was injured in the second quarter. Brandon Marshall, who had three receptions for 53 yards in the first half, drew two holding penalties on Davis in the half.

Takeaway No. 3: Just when it looked like the Colts were going to tighten this up in the third stanza, Darrelle Revis struck – again. Veteran RB Frank Gore lost the rock on his way to the end zone and Revis recovered for a touchback. After holding the ball for nearly 10 minutes and converting on all four of their third downs, the Horseshoes were turned away.

10-7 in the 4th: It took nearly 50 minutes for Andrew Luck to do it, but the Colts got on the scoreboard on a 26-yard hook connection from the Colts QB to Donte Moncrief. And in an instant, it was a field goal game.

An Answer: After the Colts cut the deficit, the offense came right back out and took control of the ball game. Fitzpatrick’s second TD of the night – a 15-yarder to Brandon Marshall – turned the crowd quiet once again. Marshall started the possession with a catch, drew his third holding penalty and reached 100 yards receiving for the first time in green & white.


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