Here in Las Vegas, the sports books all had the Indianapolis Colts beating the New York Jets by a spread of 6 points. They were a top contender in the AFC. My Jets, as usual gaining zero respect from the entire league, were not being considered as a threat. Even after a victory over Cleveland, many feel it is just a matter of time before they lose towards a “good” team. Well, I am happy to say we made the contending Colts learn the hard way that we truly are a contender.
The vaunted Andrew Luck was unable to beat the Jets and their incredible defense. Our defense was not holding back and instead decided to make a statement. Which was, hey, NFL, WE ARE A CONTENDER. With the whole country watching the only game in town, they clamped down and held the Colts back from the end zone up until the fourth quarter.
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Even with Sheldon Richardson still out, the defense of the Jets dominated the entire game. Do you even remember the last time there was 5 turnovers in a single game?
Okay, yeah, the week before against Cleveland but again, nobody thought it would have happened against the Colts since they were a “better” team.
So now, the Jets have 10 turnovers going our way in just two weeks into the regular season. Though the team may have traveled to Indianapolis, the Colts got a nice trip to Revis Island. Darrelle Revis was on T.Y. Hilton the entire night. Nothing made me happier to see a blue sport book filled with teary eyed men.
This girl in green and white was dancing right along with Revis on his celebratory shimmy after his interception. BOOM! On the night, #24 had three takeaways by himself. While the defense stole the ball and the show, the offense got me a little riled up. For a second, I was unsure if it was understood they were playing a national game?
The running game, or lack of, was horrible. Chris Ivory, who made some great running plays against the Browns appeared to not be on his A game. Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing the ball not once but twice to a double covered Brandon Marshall deep… It reminded me of trying to force feed my son, whose name is Jet, that baby food jar of peas. That went about as well.
Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts linebackers D’Qwell Jackson and Trent Cole (58) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
That said, though, in the end, Fitzpatrick came around and looked amazing compared to a beaten up Luck. If the Jets can improve and work on the running game while Fitzpatrick manages the ball and the clock so well, making timely throws when needed, I cannot imagine Geno Smith returning as a starting quarterback. Even if he’s healthy to do so.
And with the return of Richardson in just two more games, I’m already looking forward to seeing a preview of the defense that may be capable of putting the smack down in New England against the Patriots. As they say, one game at a time… When was the last time we Jets fans were able to say we were looking forward to something? Please chime in your thoughts by leaving comments below!