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.
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
The Colts DBs have to communicate better. Good rub route from the Jets on this one. Colts obviously in man due to blitz. #NYJvsIND#ForTheShoe#Colts#TakeFlight#Jets#ItTakesAllOfUs pic.twitter.com/PRnocUOA2g— Chris Shepherd (@NFLscheme) September 27, 2020
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.
I don't know how you make an adjustment in game to get your defensive line to be able to bring down a QB but someone needs to figure it out.— Chris Shepherd (@NFLscheme) September 27, 2020
Darnold's talent isn't the issue in NY.#NYJvsIND#ForTheShoe#Colts#TakeFlight#Jets#ItTakesAllOfUs pic.twitter.com/KpJJfbdc0P
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’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.
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.
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.
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
Taylor made the 1st guy miss in the hole, stayed on his feet and picked up 6. The Colts haven't played a great game like they did in week 2 vs. the Vikings but are still up 24-7.— Chris Shepherd (@NFLscheme) September 27, 2020
The Jets really are terrible. #NYJvsIND#ForTheShoe#Colts#TakeFlight#Jets#ItTakesAllOfUs pic.twitter.com/cNgyWNLDgL
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.
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.