Colts (1-4) at Jets (2-3)

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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.

Jets, 24-17

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