Jets @ Colts Preview: Attack the Trenches

Monday Night Football: Jets at Colts

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Prediction: Colts 24, Jets 23

The Jets match up well against the Colts, mainly because of the Colts’ poor management in building a team. If you draft or have an elite quarterback, most teams build through the trenches. The Colts should be drafting and building a solid offensive line around QB Andrew Luck. Protect your investment! Instead, the Colts have built team with skill position players. Football is won and lost in the trenches. Until they build up the trenches, the Colts will struggle to win the big game. Pertaining to the Jets matchup ,the Jets are strong in the defensive trenches and the Colts struggle in run defense.

Jets Offense vs Colts Defense

Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are both running backs that should have success against the Colts defense. Just feed Ivory the ball — ground and pound. The Colts struggle in defending the run. The Jets offensive line looked good last week, especially in run protection.

With Vontae Davis on Brandon Marshall, the Colts secondary will struggle against the Jets other wide receivers. Vontae Davis covering Brandon Marshall will be a tough matchup, as Davis is close in size with Marshall. Other than Davis, the Colts secondary is limited. Expect Eric Decker to have another touchdown on his red zone post route. Decker will have a good game.

Devin Smith can help open up the running game. Devin Smith has practiced all week, and he will help the Jets offense force teams to choose how to defend them. Defenses will have to respect Smith’s speed and this can help the running game with fewer defenders in the box.

According to Star Ledger Darryl Slater,

OC Chan Gailey on Devin Smith,

Gailey said Smith, who’s been sidelined since July 31 with broken ribs, would play “a very limited role” if he can go Monday night. Smith has practiced in full the last two weeks, but he was inactive last week against the Browns. “He’s really in fall camp still,” Gailey said. “You can watch film and do it on the chalkboard all you want, but until you get out there and you do it on the field, there’s no substitute for that.”

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Jets Defense vs Colts Offense

Colts QB Andrew Luck is one of the best in the NFL. He can get a team wins but can’t do it all himself. He gets hit and sacked a lot; Luck needs an offensive line. The Jets need to rush the QB and put Luck on his back. Last week, the Bills blitzed the Colts and wide receivers seemed to be on a different page than Luck. They might have to look for the ball quicker to beat the blitz.

The secondary might not have to worry about TY Hilton. The Colts top wide receiver did not practice on Thursday. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano feels optimistic about Hilton playing Monday night after he bruised his knee in week one. The Colts have speed with Philip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief to make up for Hilton.

What to do if Cromartie can’t play:

The Jets seem likely to go with some combination of Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams at right corner. Against Browns, Williams gave up three catches for 38 yards on seven targets per Pro Football Focus; he also had an interception. Skrine was only targeted twice, giving up one catch for 11 yards.

Williams on his interception: 

According to Star Ledger Darryl Slater,

“I thought he would try to get to the sticks,” Williams said of Hartline. “He ran to the sticks, stopped, I turned my head, and there was the ball coming.”

Williams said the Jets corners wanted to “get physical”

“We knew we were going to bring a lot of pressure from our front seven, so it was going to be on us on the back end to be physical,” Williams said.

On Facing the Colts,

“We know that they like to use their receivers and pass a lot,” Williams said. “It’s a big challenge.”

Bowles on Williams.

“To be a young player, the game is not too big for him,” Bowles said. “He’s just about the business. He understands what he has to do. He is not scared of anyone out there. He is not scared to be on an island. I feel like he’s a six or seven year player. He’s one of my favorite players.”

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