Early in the game the Jets had some hope. After the Colts scored an early touchdown to go up 7 - 0, Mike White picked up where he left off last week. White drove the Jets down the field on a long drive culminating in a touchdown pass to a wide open Elijah Moore, and the Jets were tied at 7 - 7.
Unfortunately that was the last of the good news on the night for the Jets. Mike White injured his arm on the touchdown pass and was replaced in the lineup by Josh Johnson. The rest of the first half was downright ugly.
The Jets defense was destroyed by the Colts. The vaunted Jets defensive line was routinely manhandled by the Colts offensive line. The Jets couldn’t stop the run or the pass. The Colts amassed a massive 280 yards of offense in the first half against an overmatched Jets defense. They score a touchdown on all four of their first half possessions, building a 28 - 10 lead at halftime. The rest of the game was just extended garbage time.
Josh Johnson played the game of his life in the second half. He passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns, and still the Jets were never really in the game after halftime.
While the loss of Mike White to injury was the headliner, perhaps the more worrying aspect of this game was the continued ineptitude of the Jets defense. The Jets have given up 54, 31 and 45 points in their last three contests. No NFL team can win consistently with a defense that can’t stop anyone.
The Jets now get 10 days to lick their wounds and try to find some answers on defense. If they can’t find the answers, it won’t much matter who is under center. You can’t win games when you can’t stop the opponent.
With the loss the Jets go to 2-6 on the year.
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