It isn’t easy. The Jets have looked like the NFL’s worst team in the season’s first two weeks. They will be without a number of key starters in Sunday afternoon’s game.
When you line these teams up, the Colts are clearly better. That means the Jets will likely need to make some game-altering plays to swing the outcome.
One thing that did pop up a bit when I researched Philip Rivers is a slight tendency in the red zone to try and force passes he shouldn’t over the middle.
The red zone can be a difficult place for the offense to work. The quarters are tighter. That means passing windows are smaller and close faster than other spots on the field. A slight issue with timing or precision can lead to a turnover more than other spots on the field.
For his part, no quarterback has thrown more red zone interceptions than Rivers since 2015.
At this point, it’s difficult to have much faith in the Jets defense preventing any offense from moving the ball. The best hope might be to get stops in the red zone with the more compact spacing adding help. A turnover is essentially a score play. It takes points off the board the other team should have. The Jets might need a big play like that to win Sunday’s game.
I know this is probably grasping at straws. What else can we do?