Colts (1-4) at Jets (2-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Danny Sheridan’s line: Jets by
Jets’ keys to victory: New York’s defense needs to force Colts QB Andrew Luck into mistakes. He did plenty of that last week against the Patriots, throwing two interceptions among his 59 passes in a 38-24 loss on the road. Luck again will be in a hostile environment, and the Jets should have a good idea what Indianapolis’ plan of attack will be. The Jets defense, which has done a great job of creating turnovers, should be ready and waiting to pounce on a passhappy offense.
Colts’ keys to victory: The offense will need to take some pressure off Luck, who has thrown 121 passes in the last two games. Coach Frank Reich needs to balance things out by activating Indy’s rushing attack, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry this season. The Colts have been strong in the red zone thanks to TE Eric Ebron, who leads the team with five TD catches. Continuing their efficiency is imperative and shouldn’t be too hard against a secondary that might be banged up after playing without CB Trumaine Johnson last week.
Matchup to watch: Jets QB Sam Darnold vs. Colts DE Margus Hunt. The Jets rookie has gotten little protection from a porous offensive line. It’s easy to see Hunt having some fun with that.
Who wins? The Jets will win this matchup between two predictable offenses because New York’s secondary is a worse matchup for Indianapolis than whatever the Colts defense will throw at Darnold and the Jets. Either way, expect a sloppy game.