NY Jets: 5 takeaways from primetime loss to Colts on Thursday Night Football

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4. The Mike White injury really hurt

The story of this game should not be about Mike White, and the Jets did not lose because of White's absence. But it's impossible to argue that his injury didn't suck the life out of the team.

It's not that Josh Johnson played poorly in his absence, far from it. But White was the heart and soul of this Jets team heading into the week. Once he exited the game, everything fell apart.

White finished 7-of-11 for 95 yards and a touchdown to Elijah Moore, but his performance certainly left fans wanting more.

The Jets probably still would have lost this game had White not gotten hurt. But his injury sucked all the fun out of what had been a entertaining week.

The Jets can never have anything nice.

5. Mike LaFleur is pushing all the right buttons

The Jets offense managed to score 30 points for the second consecutive week. Despite third-stringer Josh Johnson playing for the majority of the game, the Jets still found plenty of success moving the ball on offense.

Credit needs to go out to offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur who has really come into his own these last two weeks. LaFleur's move up to the booth has been a complete success, as has having a quarterback who can execute his game plan.

There's more to it than that, though. LaFleur has shown plenty of creativity with trick plays, and while they all haven't worked, they have kept defenses on their toes.

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LaFleur's personnel usage has been much better and the results are showing. The Jets should be very pleased with the growth shown by their young offensive play-caller.