INDIANAPOLIS — The Jets came to municipality to play their lone nationally televised crippled of the play Thursday nighttime feeling beauteous bully astir themselves.
Their upset triumph implicit the Bengals 4 days earlier astatine MetLife Stadium, connected the shoulders of unheralded backup backmost Mike White and immoderate clutch defence had them intoxicated with a content that they’re a squad that tin “play with anybody’’ successful the NFL.
Then the Jets had to play different game.
That crippled came against the Colts astatine Lucas Oil Stadium, wherever the Jets looked similar they were playing portion intoxicated, getting perfectly routed 45-30 — a last people not remotely indicative of Indianapolis’ dominance.
This was complete.
“We were conscionable arsenic shocked arsenic everyone other who was watching,’’ linebacker C.J. Mosley said.
“A occurrence got started, and we conscionable didn’t bash a bully occupation of putting it out,’’ linebacker Jarrad Davis said.
The Jets’ defense, which connected Sunday against the Bengals acceptable a important code with an aboriginal goal-line stand, allowed 532 yards of discourtesy to the Colts. Of those, 260 came connected the ground, which is an affront to a defense’s manhood.
Of those 250 rushing yards, an astonishing 211 came earlier archetypal interaction was made by a Jets defender, according to ESPN statistics.
Colts moving backmost Jonathan Taylor ran for 172 yards and 2 TDs connected 19 carries for an mean of 9.1 yards. Nyheim Hines rushed for 74 yards connected six carries.
“It’s hard to springiness up 260 yards and triumph a game,’’ Mosley said. “They lapped us. We did our champion not to quit.’’
So, they got that going for them.
Jets caput manager Robert Saleh looked physically sick arsenic helium spoke to reporters aft the game, which was the 2nd successful the past 3 successful which his defence allowed much than 500 yards of offense.
“Obviously, it wasn’t bully enough,’’ Saleh said.
Two alarming elements to this performance: The Jets’ antiaircraft beforehand is the spot of the squad and it was obliterated by the Colts violative line, and the Colts were salty each week astir throwing the shot 52 times successful an overtime nonaccomplishment to the Titans connected Sunday and told everyone who would perceive that their extremity successful this crippled was the tally the football.
The Colts telegraphed their crippled program and inactive annihilated the Jets defense.
“We knew that they were going to effort to get their tally crippled started, particularly the mode they’d been talking each week,’’ Saleh said. “Obviously, we weren’t up for the task. As acold arsenic the defence we’re going to get it looked at.’’
Taylor, asked what the Colts’ moving crippled did to the Jets’ defense, said, “I deliberation it would drain them and instrumentality the beingness retired of them, interruption their will,’’ adding, “This crippled is astir who’s toughest.’’
There’s small question astir which squad was toughest connected this night.
The Colts had 4 violative possessions successful the archetypal fractional and scored a touchdown connected each 4 of them en way to a 28-10 halftime lead.
Indianapolis punter Rigoberto Sanchez could person taken the nighttime off, due to the fact that the Jets’ defence did.
The Jets tried to duplicate their winning look from Sunday, winning the coin toss, taking archetypal possession and letting White sling it around. It was moving decently until White injured his close forearm connected his follow-through of a first-quarter walk erstwhile DeForest Buckner deed it connected a pressure.
White, who was 7-for-11 for 95 yards and a touchdown, was replaced by third-stringer Josh Johnson aft helium threw a scoring walk to Elijah Moore with 3:32 remaining successful the archetypal quarter. White ne'er returned, proving that the Jets cannot person bully things.
This, of course, should person been the clip for the defence to measurement up and clasp the fort, with the third-string backmost successful the game.
Instead, the defence got worse, which was unacceptable.
The Jets’ defence played the portion of a batting signifier pitcher lobbing bunnies implicit the sheet to the Colts’ offense. It was disconcerting to each progressive not wearing a Colts uniform.
Perhaps the astir insulting infinitesimal of the nighttime for the Jets came erstwhile Carson Wentz threw a 2-yard TD walk to Danny Pinter, a backup halfway who’d checked successful arsenic an eligible receiver.
A defence giving up a TD reception to a dude wearing No. 63 connected his jersey is 1 squad toying with the other.
The adjacent Colts possession ended connected a 78-yard Taylor scoring tally connected the archetypal play of the series.
At that constituent it was 42-10, with the Colts having scored connected six of their 7 violative possessions.
Intoxicating each right.