The Indianapolis Colts had about as good of a first half as anyone could have possibly imagined, as they lead the New York Jets 24-3 at the break and were absolutely dominant in doing so.
The Colts had their way against the Jets defense in the opening half, with Andrew Luck playing at the very top of his game (he completed 15 of 18 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns). His top targets in the passing game have been T.Y. Hilton, who caught six passes for 98 yards, and Dwayne Allen, who caught three passes for 51 yards and three touchdowns. Yes, that’s right - three touchdowns in the first half! It’s been a huge bounce-back game for Allen, and after getting wide open on the first two scores he made a tremendous catch for the third one. The passing game has been able to do whatever it wants, but the Colts have also run the ball well against one of the league’s best run defenses, as Frank Gore has 57 yards on 12 carries.
Indianapolis has done well defensively too, as they held the Jets to just 115 yards in the first half (40 of those came on one play) and three points in the first half, while Darius Butler added an interception shortly before halftime. They got a score on a Nick Folk 38-yard field goal, but Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri topped that when he hit from 53-yards out a few minutes later.
It was an absolutely dominating performance by the Colts all around no matter how you look at it, as they were dominant on offense, defense, special teams, and coaching in the first half. But as everyone who’s followed the Colts knows, it’s never truly over until it’s over for this team, so they’ll need to keep it up in the second half in this one. But considering the way they’ve been playing in the first half, and the fact that they get the ball to start the second half, they’re in tremendous shape to force a three-way tie atop the AFC South. Now they just have to hold on to the huge lead.
Here’s your open thread for the second half of tonight’s game.