At New York
1:00 p.m. ET
Key Coaching Decision #1: (IND ball, trailing 10-7 / fourth–and-goal, NYJ 3 / 13:25 Q2)
• The Colts started a drive at the Jets 35-yard line at the end of the first quarter as a result of Colts safety Malik Hooker having intercepted Sam Darnold.
• The Colts go on an 8-play, 32-yard drive that resulted in only three points. The Colts had a fresh set of downs from the Jets’ one-yard line. They were not able to punch the ball into the end zone and Adam Vinatieri kicked a 21-yard field to tie the game up.
• The Colts offense had negative yardage plays on their first two plays of the goalline series and an incomplete pass on third down.
• We believe that the Colts made the right call in tying the game up on the road here. There was plenty of time left in the game. They didn’t need to gamble here as they didn’t have momentum and the Jets defense was playing well.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (NYJ ball, leading 20-13 / first–and-10 through third-and-8 / IND 25-IND 27, 1:25-0:54 Q2)
• The Colts began their drive from their own 25-yard line with 1:25 remaining. The Jets had just kicked a field to make it a 20-13 lead and had two timeouts remaining.
• Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw a short pass to wide receiver Zach Pascal for a two-yard gain on first down, but failed to connect with other intended targets on second and third down.
• The Colts just didn’t take enough time off the clock nor did they force the Jets to take their two remaining timeouts. The Jets had the opportunity to add to their lead without having had to use a timeout.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (NYJ ball, leading 20-13 / second–and-10, IND 14 / 0:03 Q2)
• Jason Myers kicked one of his seven field goals on the day as time expired in the first half. The Jets got the ball with 0:42 remaining in the half and two timeouts.
• They had used a timeout earlier in the half. (It was used to set up a Jason Myers field goal with 1:29 remaining in the second quarter.)
• The Jets moved the ball to the Colts 14 where Myers kicked the 32-yarder. It was an impressive use of the clock by the Jets and Darnold.
• The field goal was important as it gave the Jets a two score lead lead heading into halftime. We believe that a two-score game at halftime materially changes a team’s second half plans. The Jets would get the kickoff after halftime and score a touchdown giving the Jets a 30-13 lead.
Key Coaching Decision #4: (IND ball, trailing 39-27 / fourth–and-4, IND 31 / 5:25 Q4)
• The Colts were down two scores and faced a key moment in the game as they were on their own side of the field and facing a fourth down.
• Indianapolis attempts the fourth down conversion.
• The Andrew Luck pass to wide receiver Zach Pascal was incomplete and the Colts turned the ball over on downs.
• The Jets took over and Jason Myers kicked his seventh field goal of the day to give the Jets a 15-point lead. While doing so, the Colts used up 1:58 off the clock and forced the Colts to use all three of their second-half timeouts, effectively ending the game.
• The Colts could have punted in this situation and forced the Jets to drive and could have gotten a stop. The Jets might have thrown incompletes to stop the clock. The Jets did not run the ball as well as they had in Week 5 and might have felt compelled to throw. We understand why they took the risk though.
• The Colts’ first drive resulted in points— for the Jets. On the Colts’ second play from scrimmage, running back Marlon Mack failed to catch an Andrew Luck pass. The ball ended up in the hands of Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne, who returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. The Colts wide receivers dropped passes and hurt the Colts’ offensive output throughout the game. It just ended up being more costly here.
• The Colts lost the time of possession statistic. They only had the ball for 22:58 as opposed to the Colts’ 37:02.
• The Colts play the Bills at home next week. This is the type of opponent the Colts must beat to show they are making progress under first-year head coach Frank Reich and second-year General Manager Chris Ballard.
• For the second straight week, the Colts played this game without key starters. Their missing offensive starters were: right tackle Denzelle Good, tight end Jack Doyle , wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. The Colts missing defensive starters were: defensive linemen Denico Autry and Margus Hunt, and safety Clayton Geathers .
New York Jets
• The Jets are now 3-3, and have won two games in a row after losing three straight following a Monday Night win over the Detroit Lions to start the season.
• This was the Jets second game this season where they have scored over 40 points.
• The Jets scored on eight consecutive offensive possessions.
• This was likely Sam Darnold’s best game of his rookie campaign to this point as he finished with 280 yards passing, and was 24-of-30 and two touchdowns.
• This was a complete game from the Jets who defensively, generated four takeaways (three interceptions and a fumble recovery).
• The Jets were again without the services of defensive coordinator, Kacy Rodgers who is out with an undisclosed illness. Todd Bowles called the defense against the Colts. However Rodgers was in the locker room after the game. This may be a sign that he will be back shortly.