The Indianapolis Colts beat the New York Jets by a score of 36-7 Sunday, in a game that was never in question. For the Jets, this is the third straight loss by double digits to open the season.
Sam Darnold achieved a hat trick of interceptions that started on the Jets’ first drive of the game with a pick-six. He then threw another interception in the end zone before halftime and closed out with his second pick-six in the fourth quarter. Darnold easily deserves the most blame for this loss, and that is hard to do when Adam Gase is your head coach. With the offensive line seemingly unable to block anyone, the quarterback has no chance. Because of this, Darnold is pressing and regressing. The Jets have played alarmingly terrible football to begin this year, so bad that it defies description. It was a surprise to many that Gase was allowed to return and coach this team for a second season, but that could be over soon as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported this morning that Jets’ management could be ready to move on. Today’s showing certainly did not help his case.
Meanwhile, the Colts had a strong performance on both sides of the ball, improving to 2-1 on the season. The defensive scores were the highlights of the game, but quarterback Philip Rivers joined elite company as he became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 career touchdown passes. Rivers joins Drew Brees (550), Tom Brady (544), Peyton Manning (539), Brett Favre (508), and Dan Marino (420) as the only quarterbacks to reach the milestone (ESPN). This was a game that also saw Rivers eclipse 60,000 career passing yards. He was efficient and poised, and even with only 21 pass attempts on the day, this is exactly the time of performance the Colts were looking for when signing Rivers to a one-year, $25 million contract in March to replace Jacoby Brissett as the starter. He didn’t need to be flashy and lead them to victory. He just needed to be smart, and efficiently guide the run-heavy offense to the win. After an ugly week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Colts now will look to ride the momentum they’ve built up these past two weeks into a match up with the undefeated, yet vulnerable, Chicago Bears next weekend.
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