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NY Jets: 3 quick thoughts from Week 9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts

By Craig Epstein
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After Sunday's thrilling victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the NY Jets laid a primetime egg in their 45-30 loss to the Indianapolis Colts to fall to 2-6.

A horrible day for the NY Jets defense

Following their 54-point debacle in New England, the Jets vowed to never show that type of effort again. Well, less than two weeks later they gave possibly an even worse performance as the Colts put together an offensive showing that would make even the best Madden player jealous.

“It’s hard to give up 260 rushing yards and win the game,” veteran linebacker C.J. Mosley said after the game. “I still believe that we’re capable of being a great team but we got to put the things on tape and execute every day.”

Whether it was on the ground or through the air, the Colts did whatever they wanted to the tune of 532 total yards.

Although the Colts have proven to have an effective offense, for them to essentially toy around with Gang Green’s defense for 60 minutes is unacceptable and something Saleh and co. will have to look long and hard at and try to remedy.

Mike White Mania put on hold

Believe it or not, there was a time when this game was close and the Mike White hype train seemed to keep chugging along. However, following his 19-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Moore, the newfound sensation had to come out of the game with a forearm injury, and his day was done.

“You feel for your teammate, your brother,” quarterback Josh Johnson said. “You see him work for his opportunity and take advantage of it and to have something happen like that you immediately feel for him being a backup quarterback because you don’t get these opportunities.”

While it is tough to say one guy makes the difference (especially when that one guy is the backup QB), it felt as though all the air was taken out of the balloon following White’s injury despite Johnson coming in and doing a good job.

With 10 days before their next game, it will be interesting to see how the Jets navigate the waters of a Zach Wilson/Mike White controversy.

Another good week for Mike LaFleur

If there are any bright spots for the Jets coming out of this dreadful game, it is that Mike LaFleur seems to be hitting his stride as an offensive coordinator.

While a portion of it might be window dressing, for the second week in a row the Jets scored 30+ points and the quarterback appeared to be comfortable as Johnson went 27-of-41 for 317 yards and three touchdowns with a QB rating of 103.4.

“It just shows the potential of what we have,” Johnson said. “Potential means nothing in this league until you start actually capitalizing on it.”

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Whether this rejuvenation can be attributed to his move to the booth remains to be seen. No matter the case, it will be fascinating to see how Gang Green’s offense looks once Wilson is back in the fold.

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