OVERALL GAME GRADE: B+
This wasn't a dominant performance by the Jets defense by any means, but they did enough for the team to win easily. The defense committed a number of penalties, so accurately called, some not so much.
The Jets were helped out by a number of overthrows by Andrew Luck and a couple of dropped passes by Colts receivers. When Luck did get close, either the offense fizzled or the Jets came up with a pick.
The Jets played a zone defense, similar to the way they played the Steelers when Darrelle Revis missed the game due to a concussion. It made for some easy targets for Luck, but also allowed the rookie to show his inexperience.
There was some semblance of a pass rush, as Antonio Allen, Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples each recorded a sack. Coples made a handful of plays in the backfield.
FOURTH QUARTER: A+
The Jets forced two fourth quarter turnovers and finally pushed Andrew Luck over the edge of complete frustration. Ellis Lankster picked Luck off in the end zone and Muhammad Wilkerson forced a Luck fumble on a sack.
That's the way to finish a game and make an rookie quarterback look like a rookie.
THIRD QUARTER: B+
It was the same story for the Jets defense in the third quarter. The Colts have moved the ball through the air at times and Antonio Cromartie still can't keep his hands off the Colts receivers. However, when push comes to shove drive after drive for the Colts has fizzled out without much harm.
There was a couple of Quinton Coples sightings in the third quarter. He tipped a pass (which was completed in spite of the tip) and had Andrew Luck wrapped up for a potential sack on a third-down play. Luck was called for intentional grounding.
Coples was called for a facemask on a potential sack of Andrew Luck, but at least he's been in the backfield frequently. It still goes down as a sack for Coples.
At this rate, it's scary that the Colts have been driving, but if those drives continue to end up fruitless, all they are doing is taking time off the clock.
SECOND QUARTER: B+
The Colts continue to find a lot of room in the Jets secondary. Andrew Luck has spread the ball around and has utilized an up-tempo offense to get into a nice rhythm. The defense has been called for four penalties, and if the referees are going to call the game this tight, the Jets are going to have to make adjustments.
The Colts were able to advance the ball inside the Jets 20-yard line half way through the second quarter. An illegal hands to the face penalty and a sack by Antonio Allen forced them backwards. The drive resulted in a field goal.
The Jets may be giving up yardage in chunks, but have allowed just two field goals to this point.
The run defense continues to be superior, as the Colts have found no room on the ground whatsoever.
FIRST QUARTER: B-
Andrew Luck is having little problem through the air against the Jets defense. He has caught Antonio Allen on a couple of mismatches and has looked in Kyle Wilson's direction a few times as well. The Jets' run defense and tackling looks a little better than in past weeks.
The Jets are still failing to generate any pass rush in blitzing and non-blitzing situations.
Muhammad Wilkerson's personal foul penalty moved the Colts up to the 11-yard line instead of saddling them with a 3rd-and-10.