If you’re still on the fence about who to back in this primetime matchup we’ve enlisted the help of expert NFL bloggers Luke Schultheis, writer and editor for HorseshoeHeroes.com, and Joe Caporoso, owner and editor-in-chief for TurnOnTheJets.com. They strap on the pads and debate which team will not only win, but cover the spread on Monday Night Football.
WHY THE COLTS WILL COVER
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The Return of Andrew Luck
Colts superstar quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to clear the league’s concussion protocol in time for Monday night’s showdown against the Jets—having missed last week’s game. In a ‘battle of beards’, Jets starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may best Luck. Fortunately for the Colts, his throwing arm is far less accurate than Luck’s golden right arm. As the Colts franchise player, Luck has been playing at an MVP caliber level for the Colts so far this season despite the team’s current losing record and could very well be the difference in a dogfight.
It’s no secret that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been a thorn in the Colts side throughout the years (even while with the Patriots). However, the NFL’s once premier cornerback has played like a shell of his former self so far this season. After getting lit up last weekend by New England Patriots rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell for two touchdowns — in what’s been just the latest disappointing performance for the 31 year old veteran, it’s fair to question whether ‘Revis Resort’ is going to hold up against a Pro Bowler like T.Y. Hilton or even an emerging young wideout like Donte Moncrief. Quite frankly, he could become a liability in coverage with Luck targeting him both early and often.
Something to Play For
The Colts are just one game back from the AFC South division leader, the Houston Texans, for a playoff bid. Meanwhile, the Jets sit at 3-8 and have the 5th worst record in all of football. While no one should expect the Jets to simply lay down in a primetime matchup — especially having played the Patriots so close last weekend, there’s something to be said for a team that has its back to the wall like the Colts with something meaningful to actually play for besides purely pride.
WHY THE JETS WILL COVER
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The Jets defensive line should have a favorable matchup against an inconsistent Colts offensive line, which could potentially lead to multiple Andrew Luck turnovers, which was the formula for the Jets beating the Colts on Monday Night Football last year. The Jets are due to win a turnover battle and when they have done that this season, they have been able to win games. Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson may end up being x-factors in this one, particularly Williams who is having a terrific second season.
Turned A Corner?
The Jets showed signs of life against New England last week, nearly upsetting arguably the best team in the NFL. They should be able to hang with and potentially upset a substantially worse Colts team in their own building. If Ryan Fitzpatrick can be the quarterback he was last week, giving his receivers opportunities to win one-on-one matchups and avoiding interceptions, the Jets should be able to handle Indianapolis, who struggles with consistency in all three phases of the game.
No Friend Of The Tank
It has been the type of the season where the Jets are going to do whatever most of their fans are rooting against. It would make sense that now many fans are hoping they lose games to improve their draft position, they find a way to get a victory. The coaching staff isn’t in tank mode and the Jets have a history of winning these games that infuriate their fans.
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