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Pressure Will be Paramount, Lee & Enunwa Look to Shine Under the Lights


Rush for Luck**: Much has changed since the Jets battered the Colts around in Indianapolis last September. The Jets put on dominant defensive show in primetime, consistently harassing QB Andrew Luck and totaling five takeaways in a 20-7 triumph.  Luck wasn't sacked, but he was under duress much of the evening. Fast forward to 2016 and the Colts' offensive line has struggled in pass protection as the team has allowed at least two sacks in every game this season.  The Colts are 31st in sacks allowed with 38 and Luck, who is expected to return to the lineup after missing Indy's 28-7 loss to the Steelers on Thanksgiving, is rebounding from a concussion. The Green & White didn't rack up any sacks of Tom Brady last week, but they got him off his spot on multiple occasions while holding the Pats to just 4-of-14 on third down and 2-of-5 in the red zone. Brady has a quick trigger, but the 6'4", 240-pound Luck will hold onto the rock at times to let long crossing routes develop. These Jets have to land.

Lee's Levitation: Darron Lee didn't come off the field against the Patriots, playing every defensive snap and tying for the team-lead with 11 tackles. He owned up to an alignment issue on a late Pats' fourth-down conversion, displaying impressive accountability for a rookie. The Jets threw Lee into the deep end against the Brady, having him make the calls and adjustments when he was the only linebacker on the field in a few sub packages. Lee quietly led the Green & White in tackles before going down with an ankle injury during the team's first Monday night game of the season. But the rookie should head into this  contest brimming with confidence. He figures to see a lot of the ageless Frank Gore, who leads the Colts with 670 yards rushing and is the team's third-leading receiver with 29 catches.

The Q Factor: What will Quincy Enunwa do next? The budding second-year receiver set a career high last week with 109 yards against the Patriots and that included an improbable 22-yard scoring grab that gave the Jets a fourth quarter lead.  Enunwa had four receptions of 20-plus yards against New England, most by a Jet since Santana Moss had four 20-plus catches vs. Minnesota in '02. With a late surge, Enunwa (643 yards) could secure his first 1,000-yard season. The Colts rank 28th in scoring defense (27.4 points per contest) and 30th against the pass (278.7 yards per game).  Enunwa is a high-energy performer and you have to like this spot of MNF for a guy who is starting to make a name for himself throughout the NFL.

No. 7 in Sight: With three receptions against the Pats,  RB Matt Forte moved into eighth place on the all-time career receptions list for a running back. With three receptions against the Colts, Forté will jump Hall of Famer Emmit Smith into seventh place on the list. Forté, who is T3 with five games of 90-plus yards this season, and backfield mate Bilal Powell could find things inviting on the ground against an Indy rush defense that ranks just 28th while allowing 4.6 yards per carry.

Meeting in Red: The Colts own one of the NFL's most effective red zone offenses, finishing 68.6% of their possessions inside the 20 with touchdowns. But they'll matchup with the one of the league's hottest red zone defenses as Kacy Rodgers' unit has held opponents to an NFL-low 37.5% inside the red area between Weeks 7 and 12. Last year, the Green & White held the Horseshoes out of the end zone in their only two appearances inside the 20.

More Miles: With Calvin Pryor having been ruled out as he remains in concussion protocol, the Jets' Tasmanian Devil could be in line to make his second career start. Rontez Miles, who saw increased action against the Patriots in sub packages, told our Ethan Greenberg this week that he has become a more cerebral predator.

"This year I'm able to see it sooner. I'm able to calm down, which allows me to be less antsy on the field," he said. "Everybody knows I'm jittery, I'll be ready to make a play. I'm way more calm, there's more patience in my game. My man coverage is better, too."

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