Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) helps teammate Leger Douzable (78) after he fell while leaving the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Well, based on the Jets vs Colts game, Gang Green sure are making statements left and right, eh? Not only are they currently 2-0 to start this season off on a great note but they are playing some impressive football on all aspects of the team. It’s not perfect but they have definitely surpassed many expectations that many had before the season even started.
The Jets had an impressive win over what many considered to be an early Super Bowl contending team in the Indianapolis Colts. They won 20-7 as their defense completely and utterly shut down quarterback Andrew Luck which was shocking as it was satisfying.
Take a look at the top 5 fun facts from this game as the Jets continue to make some noise this season.
Next: 5. Todd Bowles makes team history
Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck (12) shakes hands with New York jets head Coach Todd Bowles after their loss to the Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
5. Todd Bowles makes team history
Head coach Todd Bowles continues to prove that his quiet yet straight-forward demeanor works very well in his locker room. The Jets have cut back on penalties and are playing much more like a cohesive unit. His defensive scheming shut down one of the best quarterbacks playing today which isn’t easy to do.
With his second win of the season, Bowles became the fourth first-year head coach in team history to start the season off at 2-0 or better. Pete Carroll did it in 1994, Al Groh in 2000 started off 4-0 and Rex Ryan in 2009 had a 3-0 start.
As the Jets prepare to face the Philadelphia Eagles this upcoming Sunday, Bowles will look to once again impress and continue making team history should he secure his third straight victory as the first-year head coach of the Jets.
Next: 4. History made with takeaways
Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) is congratulated by his teammates after making an interception against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. New York Jets defeat the Indianapolis Colts 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
4. History made with takeaways
Against the Colts, the Jets’ defense forced 5 takeaways with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries to completely shut down the Colts’ offense. Remarkably enough, the Jets now have 10 takeaways in just two games played so far this season.
Their 10 takeaways makes it the most of any Jets team in history dating back to 1969. To put this in perspective, last season the Jets’ defense only forced 13 total turnovers which was the fewest in the entire NFL.
The Jets were able to convert those 10 takeaways into 31 points so far this season, which is more that they did in all of 2014 when they only scored 20 points off turnovers.
Next: 3. Eric Decker did what?
Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) before the start of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
3. Eric Decker did what?
Wide receiver Eric Decker had a monster of a game against the Colts. He ended his night with 8 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. His second touchdown against the Colts made it the very first time in his career that he started off the regular season scoring in each of his first two games.
With Brandon Marshall in town, it has enabled Decker to play his more natural position as the No. 2 receiver on the depth chart. He’s able to play in the slot and create golden mismatches against opposing defenses thanks to his ability to get open and run excellent routes.
Decker had a slight knee injury against the Colts but it’s nothing serious. If he keeps up the momentum, there is no telling how big of an impact he’ll have as the season progresses.
Next: 2. Brandon Marshall hits No. 35
Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) can not come up with a catch against Indianapolis Colts safety Dwight Lowery (33) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
2. Brandon Marshall hits No. 35
There is no denying the impact Marshall has had on the Jets’ offense. Against the Colts, Marshall actually registered his 35th career 100+ receiving-yard game. He ended his game with 7 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Marshall had a beauty of a catch on a 42 yard reception as he was a big part in the Jets keeping those chains moving. Marshall’s presence adds an incredible dimension on offense as it helps open everything up from the running game to also drawing double coverage to allow other receiving options to get open.
So far, Marshall is looking like one of the best acquisitions the Jets have made in years at wide receiver.
Next: 1. Welcome to Revis Island
Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) breaks up a pass intended for Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (15) at Lucas Oil Stadium. New York Jets defeat the Indianapolis Colts 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
1. Welcome to Revis Island
They always say that anyone visiting Revis Island leaves unhappy. Cornerback Darrelle Revis has a single-game career high 3 takeaways and shut down mostly everything coming his way. Revis recovered two fumbles and an interception off of Luck.
Not only was he truly a force to reckon with, his defensive stops when the Colts were threatening to score a touchdown inside the red-zone was one of the best performances of his career. His two fumble recoveries also were a single-game career high.
In his return to the Jets, Revis has exceeded all expectations and continues to be an incredible leader on defense. He’s exactly what the Jets’ defense needed to turn things around and into a winning direction.