But all that momentum was sucked out of them when White left with a wrist injury in the first quarter. White's injury wasn't the reason the Jets lost this game, but it certainly didn't help matters.
The Jets actually managed to make a game of it falling by a final score of 45-30 despite trailing 42-10 at one point. But Josh Johnson's efforts were in vein as the defense simply let the team down.
Let's take a look at a few takeaways from this woeful game.
1. The NY Jets defense was embarrassed
It was an embarrassing display by the Jets defense on Thursday night continuing a trend of poor performances in recent weeks. Carson Wentz finished 22-of-30 for 272 yards and three touchdowns as he torched the Jets defense in the air.
The run defense was even worse (more on that in a moment) with Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines combining for 246 yards on the ground.
The Colts scored a touchdown on their first four possessions and nearly on their fifth if not for a 4th-and-goal stand. Nothing went right for this defense.
The linebackers are a liability. Their defensive game plan has been figured out. The Jets need to figure out a fix and quick, especially with the Buffalo Bills coming to town next week.