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2018 Opponent Scouting Report: Jets special teams and a prediction

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Overview

On October 14, 2018 the Indianapolis Colts will travel to take on the New York Jets. In this week six match-up I sought to understand our opponent and get a better idea of how they may attack our new look Colts.

Since 2012 the Colts are 1-2 in games against the Jets. The last coming in December of 2016 when our Colts absolutely destroyed the Jets 41-10. Andrew Luck went 22 of 28 with 278 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Colts defense also racked up three interceptions. A lot has changed in the past two years, let’s just hope that the outcome looks the same.

Let’s figure out what we can expect in week six.


Kicker:

New York Jets v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Before arriving in New York Jason Myers spent two and a half years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his time there he was 81% for his career, which doesn’t tell the whole story. His 2017 season came to an end after six games and four missed filed goals, the Jags decided to go in a different direction.

For his career Myers is just 11 for 20 from beyond 50 yards, so if the Jets need a long kick, it’s totally a coin flip. He hit is last one from beyond 50 so he’s due for a miss. Needless to say, I’ll feel pretty knowing Myers is on the other team.


Punter:

New York Jets v Washington Redskins Photo by Larry French/Getty Images

Lac Edwards is a much better punter than Jason Myers is a kicker. Which makes sense given the Jets recent history, Edwards has been given a lot of on the job practice.

He’s currently averaging nearly 48 yards per punt and when the need arises I have no doubt he’ll be able to flip the field.


Returner:

Andre Roberts is a dangerous punt returner and a mediocre kick returner. At least that’s what his production tells us. So far this year on 10 punt returns Roberts is averaging 23 yards per return, which is tops in the league. Kick returns are another story, on 8 attempts he is averaging just over 17 yards per return, which is no where near the top of the league.

We may not have to worry about Roberts as he may have to miss the game due to an elbow injury.

In his place we will likely see Trenton Cannon a 6th round rookie out of Virginia State here’s what nfl.com had to say about Cannon as a prospect:

Explosive athlete with breakaway potential. Posted 38.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot-9 broad jump. Ran 4.40-second 40-yard dash with electrifying 1.49 10-yard split. Gets to top gear immediately to pull away from defenders when racing around the corner. Loose hips with lateral agility to make sharp, late cuts to avoid tacklers who are on top of him. Homerun ability with 35 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons. Offers special teams potential with three kick returns for touchdowns during career

Frankly I don’t like anything about either of these returners as a Colts fan.


Final Thoughts for The Week:

This is a game a healthy Colts team wins and they do it in a convincing fashion. But the Colts aren’t anywhere near healthy. Playing in an overtime game and again just a few days later was more than what a large portion of the Colts roster could handle and the NFL proved how little they actually care about player safety when they can turn a profit instead.

I’m not sold on where the Colts are given their injury situation. I believe Andrew Luck is completely capable of pulling any team he’s on to victory but I’m afraid the Colts are meeting the Jets as they’re figuring out who they are and the Colts are right at the point where they’re going to have to rediscover what they’re capable of without a large portion of their starters unable to play.

The Colts should win this game, but I think the Jets are going to come into this game ready to play and get a win at home.


Prediction

Colts 24

Jets 27