NY Jets (1-0) at Indianapolis (0-1)
When: Monday, September 21st 2015
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Time: 8:30 ET
TV: ESPN Radio: XM 225, 226, 88
The New York Jets come to Indianapolis to face the Colts with some momentum after last week’s convincing 31-10 win over Cleveland. The Jets used a stifling defense and strong running attack last week. They ran for 154 yards including 91 from Chris Ivory, who was limited in practice this week and is questionable for tonight. New York’s defense forced five fumbles and had three sacks but figures to receive a much more stern test from Andrew Luck than Johnny Manziel. Ryan Fitzpatrick, elevated to starter when Geno Smith had his jaw broken in the preseason, threw for 179 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while Brandon Marshall had six catches for 62 yards and a score in his Jets debut. The ten points the Jets allowed ranks them 1st in the NFL after just one week and 9th in yards allowed. New York has won the past two meetings, including a 35-9 romp in October 2012 in Luck’s fifth career game.
The Colts will be looking to rebound from last week’s drubbing in Buffalo. Indianapolis fell behind by 17 points at halftime and never recovered in a 27-14 loss to the Bills. “They beat us pretty bad,” Luck said. “You don’t let one game necessarily define you, but that doesn’t make it any easier of a pill to swallow.” Luck and Indianapolis’ offense did next to nothing for nearly three quarters a week ago and could be without top wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who has not practiced this week after suffering a bruised knee that was thought to be much more severe. Andrew Johnson might be called on to do more tonight. He had just 4 catches last week for 24 yards. Frank Gore was limited to 31 yards on 10 carries. The Colts have issues on the other side of the ball with starting cornerback Greg Toler to miss a second straight week while his backup, Darius Butler (hip), did not practice Friday.
I won’t go so far as to say this is must win for the Colts, but they could use a win after last week’s loss. Luck tends to shine in big games, but he’ll face a decent defense tonight. Not as good as the Bills, though. Ivory’s injury is a concern and even if he does play, he might be limited. I had a hard time making a pick for this game, so I asked Bobby Babowski who he liked. He says take the Colts -7.
Pick: Colts -7