Under the new direction of Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles the New York Jets are now 2-0 after a statement win against Luck and the Colts.
American Football Conference
RCA Dome, Monday Night Football, Week 2
New York Jets 20 (2-0) @ Indianapolis Colts 7 (0-2)
By Robby Sabo
The new-look New York Jets, under the leadership of Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, are now 2-0 after their 17-7 statement win against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.
Luck experienced trouble all night and scrambling for his life against a Jets defense who’s forced 10 total turnovers during the first two weeks of the NFL season.
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On this night future Hall of Fame cornerback Darrelle Revis had three turnovers of his own.
Bowles’s defense was stout and nasty all game long. His elaborate blitzes kept Luck jumpy in the pocket and delivering the ball way quicker than he wanted.
Furthermore, the run defense was solid after a few leaks early in the game. Frank Gore finished with just 57 yards on 15 carries. One of which featured an unforced fumble on the goalline which Revis recovered.
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The All-Pro Luck finished with just 250 yards on 21-of-37 passing. While he threw for a TD he also chucked three interceptions.
As far as the Jets offense was concerned, Geno Smith should just stay home. Ryan Fitzpatrick is officially the starting quarterback for this squad. Although the gameplan was a bit too stubborn to get a run game going against a loaded Colts box, Fitzpatrick lead a very efficient offense all night. He finished with 244 yards on 22-of-32 passing and 2 TDs.
His first TD went to Eric Decker in the first quarter which capped a 4-play, 9-yard drive after a Luck interception.
His other TD went to the beast known as Brandon Marshall who went for 101 yards on 7 receptions for the night. This TD came on a fade that cemented a long 7-play, 80-yard drive to answer the Colts only TD of the night.
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This made the score 17-7 and the Jets never looked back. It was obvious that Fitzpatrick and his weapons could pass at will on the Colts secondary, especially with how loaded they were against the Jets potential run.
Even better was the perfect example of how this Jets team is coached very differently than the past six seasons. On a 3rd and 6 with the 17-7 lead and only three minutes or so to go, Bowles allowed Fitzpatrick and the offense to go to a no-back set and throw the ball for the easy first down.
Rex Ryan would have never allowed that to happen. Instead he would’ve ran the ball into a stacked box and punted away. His defensive-only mind operated that way.
The Colts fall to a disappointing 0-2 while New York improves to 2-0. Bowles and the Jets will now turn their attention to Chip Kelly’s 0-2 Philadelphia Eagles as they’ll invade MetLife Stadium in Week 3.
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