The 5-6 Indianapolis Colts travel to New York to take on the 3-8 Jets in this week’s Monday night Matchup with both teams coming off losses. The Jets lost on the road to New England by the score of 22-17. This was the 3rd loss in a row for the Jets and they have scored 23 points in their last 2 games combined. Indianapolis was beaten 28-7 at home last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers ending their 2 game win streak. Quarterback Andrew Luck suffered a concussion 2 weeks ago and is still undergoing protocol and his status for this game is still undecided.
Ryan Fitzpatrick played well last week as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 269 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He was sacked once and had a lost fumble. His favorite target was Quincy Enunwa who had 5 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Marshall also had a nice game with 6 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. The running game struggled gaining just 64 yards on 23 carries. Bilal Powell led the team with 36 yards on 8 carries. Defensively, they were not able to sack Tom Brady and did not force a turnover. Six different Patriots receivers had a reception that went for at least 10 yards. They did a good job against the run giving up 91 yards on 23 carries. In their last 5 games the Jets have given up an average of 20 points per game.
Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien had a rough game as Luck’s replacement finishing with a quarterback rating of 26.5. He completed 22 of his 36 passes for 205 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. He was also sacked 3 times for a loss of 21 yards. His favorite target was Donte Moncrief who had 6 catches for 45 yards and the team’s only touchdown. T.Y. Hilton led the team with 54 receiving yards on 3 receptions. As a team, they rushed for 91 yards on 23 carries with Jordan Todman leading the way with 37 yards on 3 rushes. Defensively, they weren’t able to force a turnover or sack Ben Roethlisberger. They also had no answer for Antonio Brown who had 91 receiving yards and 3 touchdown receptions. They also struggled against the run as Pittsburgh gained 148 yards on just 29 carries, which is an average of more than 5 yards per rush.
The Colts have gone 5-5-1 against the spread this season including 2-2-1 on the road. The Jets have gone 3-8 against the spread this season including 1-4 at home. The Colts are 2-point favorites in this game despite the Jets having home field advantage. Despite their 5-6 record, the Colts are only 1 game behind the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans and this a must win for them. New York will not make the playoffs this year but can still derail the Colts chances with a win on Monday.
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