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Highlights from week three: Colts vs. Jets

NFL: New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts got a win at home and will face a 3-0 Chicago Bears team next week. Even though the game was a blow out, it never felt like the Colts dominated their competition. The Jets might be the worst team in the NFL and it might not be close. Either way, good teams win the games they’re supposed to win and our Colts absolutely did that today.

First Quarter

Things started well

On the Jets first drive of the game Xaiver Rhodes came up with a big interception that he returned for six points. The Jets are a bad team but I didn’t expect a Colts touchdown in a minute and a half.

The defense was inconsistent

Sam Darnold is a good athlete, I remember reading how he was recruited out of high school by many schools to play linebacker. Even still the Colts defensive line missed so many opportunities to pad their sack stats and eventually it hurt the team in a real way.

Rubs on rubs

Last week the absence of Rock Ya-Sin wasn’t felt. This week the Colts DB’s failed to communicate and the Jets and their effective rub routes took advantage early and often.

Darnold’s touchdown

Here’s where the Colts inability to hit Darnold made a huge difference. Darnold escapes the pocket, extends the play and waits to have an open receiver. He made a nice play. The Colts defense came up very short here.

T.Y. Hilton

T.Y. Hilton’s numbers weren’t gaudy (3 catches for 52 yards) but he made plays when called upon and seemed to be back to the normal receiver we’ve come to know and love.

Second Quarter

Touchdown pass number 400

The Colts really sold the run fake by committing 9 guys to blocking, sending one on a route and letting Philip Rivers throw his way. It ended up being Rivers’ only passing touchdown on the day and the 400th of his career.

Finally got a sack

Kenny Moore II was the only guy who seemed to want to actually tackle Sam Darnold in the first half. The box score ended up looking much more impressive than the game itself did but a DB sack is never a bad thing.

Another big week

Mo Alie-Cox has had big games in back to back weeks. This 45 yard catch and run was part of a three catch, 50 yard and one touchdown game for the massive tight end.

All Rhodes lead to big Colts plays

Once again Xavier Rhodes comes up with a turnover and a touchback when all signs pointed to the Colts yielding more points to a bad Jets offense.

Don’t go chasin’ Fountain

Today was a big day for the dozens and dozens of Daurice Fountain fans everywhere. Foutain hauled in two catches for 23 yards.

Good game management

The Colts did a great job getting into field goal range. Ridrigo Blankenship bounced the kick off of the upright, but the effort and execution of the offense at the end of the half was very good.

Third Quarter

The Jets run defense

As a team the Jets defend the run really well. I talked about it a lot in this weeks scouting report. Jonathan Taylor may have missed a few lanes today but he ended up with 59 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, including this 11 yard scamper.

Punter highlights

Obviously you hate to punt but when you can send Rigoberto Sanchez out and he drops three punts inside the 10 yard line, that’s amazingly valuable when talking about winning the field position battle.

Made him miss

Here Taylor did a great job making the first defender miss in the hole and was able to stay upright to get into the end zone. It might not make any top 10 lists this week but it was a great play all the same.

Required weekly play

DeForrest Buckner didn’t actually go untouched on this play but it was as close as a defensive tackle will ever be to getting through the A gap untouched. A nice play on third down, for sure.

All Jets hope is lost

Any hope that Jets fans might have had that Sam Darnold would lead his team to a crazy fourth quarter comeback win, ended with this play.

Fourth Quarter

We all have bad ideas

I am officially to the point in my football watching career that if you leave your feet as a ball carrier you deserve what’s coming. Does it work well for the ball carrier sometimes? Sure. But there’s always a chance you get to leave the game in an ambulance.

Backup running backs are always popular

Jordan Wilkins didn’t have a great day but he seems to make a couple fun plays a game. Ultimately his 9 rush, 39 yard day was bolstered by a big 22 yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Houston was no problem

Justin Houston waited until the game was all but over but he got his sack and made sure it scored two points for the Colts.

The best play

When you’re on this side of it, this is always the best play of the game.

Final Thoughts for the week

The Colts beat the Jets by five scores and they didn’t play their best football. Had the defense played this week the way they played last week this game might have been even more embarrassing for the Jets organization.

Who the 2020 Colts are is still a bit of a mystery but if week three is the average of what they are, they’ll be good enough to win a lot of game this season. I don’t know what the team will do beyond 2020 but this season could be one that Colts fans will remember fondly.