Welp, the New York Jets continue to impress. Last week, every good thing the team accomplished wasn’t truly appreciated because the opponent was the Cleveland Browns. But this week, the Jets totally dominated Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts during their Monday Night Football 20-7 win, making believers out of doubters.
Here are three takeaways from the Jets big win!
I GOT 5 ON IT!
The Jets defense is for real. Last week, the Jets finished the game with five takeaways against the Cleveland Browns. But it was the Cleveland Browns. This week, the Jets finished the game with five takeaways. But it was the Indianapolis Colts, a team that played in the AFC Championship last season. This is legit. Andrew Luck (21/37, 250 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 1 FUM ) was picked off three times, fumbled once, and veteran running back Frank Gore coughed it up at the goal line. Darrelle Revis was involved on three of the five turnovers.
Be clear. Revis is a known pain in the ass when it comes to contract negotiations, but he’s once again proven that he’s worth every single penny. He’s 100% earning his money. Through his play and leadership, his presence has transformed this secondary from the worst (last season) to the first (this season). Nobody’s on Revis’s level. Nobody.
Also, nickelback Buster “Busta” Skrine (pronounced screen) made a name for himself last night, and that’s not easy to do when you’re playing alongside Revis and Antonio Cromartie. When Skrine was signed during the offseason, I had no idea who he was, or why he was picked up. But now I get it. That kid is energized and gets after it. Last night he kicked things off by blitzing Andrew Luck and forcing the first interception which was caught by safety Calvin Pryor, who by the way is playing well now that he’s in his natural position. From that moment on, Skrine never let up…finished the game with seven tackles, a game high. That’s one way to assert yourself in a new defense. And I like it.
Despite the blitz heavy defense, though, the Jets couldn’t sack Luck. His scramble game was on a milli last night. Luck’s a big guy, but our defensive linemen are bigger. They should’ve been able to take him down more than once.
Moral of the story: Two games into the season, the Jets are averaging five turnovers per game. That is astounding. Not even the defense that carried the Jets to the AFC Championship two seasons in a row played this well. If we stay healthy, there’s no telling how good the defense will be by the end of the season. Teams better be afraid.
RUN GAME NEUTRALIZED
As well as the Jets played last night, the one area that lacked was our running game. The Colts did a helluva job locking up Chris Ivory. He only rushed for 57 yards. Our blocking was atrocious, especially considering that he nursed a groin injury all week. Thankfully, the passing game was stellar — Eric Decker couldn’t be contained in the first half. And Brandon Marshall did Brandon Marshall like things. Together, they combined for 15 catches, 198 yards, and two touchdowns. That’s pretty darn good. But we can’t get comfortable with Ivory rushing for so few yards. He’s the motor of our offense. Our ground game is crucial, and I wasn’t pleased with what I saw last night. Not to mention, we dominated time of possession in the first half, and were still only up 10 points at the half. Not putting up more points in the first half didn’t come back to haunt us like I thought it would, or like it’s done in the past, but we can’t ever get comfortable with not capitalizing off of turnovers and ball domination.
FITZ GOT LUCKY
As competent as Ryan Fitzpatrick (22/34, 244 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) is at quarterback, everyone knows that he can be a turnover machine. Last night, he netted his first interception of the season. Targeting Marshall, who can arguably catch anything thrown His way, Fitz threw into double coverage and was picked off by Mike Adams in the endzone. But what stood out to me is that Fitz could’ve easily finished the game with three interceptions. At least. Because offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was pretty liberal with the play calling, giving Fitz license to air it out, Fitz often threw it into some dangerous coverage. Marshall was double teamed the majority of the night, but that didn’t deter Fitz from throwing his way. If the starters on the Colts’ secondary weren’t all injured, who knows what would’ve happened. But then again, maybe that’s why Fitz felt comfortable testing the backups. I don’t know. But what I do know is that he gots to be more careful in the future. The Jets defense is solid as hell, but it’ll all be for naught if we give the ball right back.
On Sunday the Jets get their chance to take advantage of Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles. This should be a fun win to take us to 3-0. *Dear God, please don’t let the Jets become overconfident and lose to the sorry ass Eagles.*