Taking up arms for the J-E-T-S is Joe Caporoso of New York blog Turn on the Jets and making a case for the Colts is Josh Wilson of Indianapolis blog Stampede Blue. We pit these bloggers against each other in our very own “Thunder Dome”, better known as our Monday Night Debate.
WHY JETS WILL COVER
Joe Caporoso is the owner and editor-in-chief of Turn On The Jets. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @TurnOnTheJets.
Chris Ivory has established himself as the workhorse in Chan Gailey’s offense with a strong summer and Week 1 debut (20 carries, 91 yards, two touchdowns). He’s running behind a strong, physical run-blocking offensive line and complemented well by the ever-underrated Bilal Powell (12 carries, 62 yards in Week 1). And if you haven’t noticed, the Colts can’t stop the run. The Jets are not going to be shy about exploiting this weakness and have the horses to do properly do so.
The Island is home
The presence of Darrelle Revis will allow the Jets to handle a talented group of Colts pass catchers, already weakened by the expected absence of T.Y. Hilton. Revis can match up with the newly-acquired Andre Johnson and allow slot specialist Buster Skrine to worry about Philip Dorsett or Donte Moncrief. Even if Antonio Cromartie can’t play for the Jets, second-year corner Marcus Williams is coming off an impressive rookie season and Week 1 showing, recording an INT and three pass breakups.
Brandon Marshall is likely to be covered by Vontae Davis in what should truly be a primetime matchup but who do the Colts have to handle Eric Decker, ascending speedster Chris Owusu (four catches, 55 yards in Week 1) or rookie Devin Smith, who is likely to make his debut? Decker, in particular, should be able to have a field day working in the slot against Darius Butler, who had an ugly Week 1 in Buffalo.
WHY COLTS WILL COVER
Josh Wilson is the editor-in-chief and lead writer of Stampede Blue. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @StampedeBlue.
Perhaps the biggest mismatch in the game comes when looking at the two quarterbacks: Andrew Luck and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Luck entered the season with MVP hype while Fitzpatrick took over the starting role for the Jets after Geno Smith’s injury. Luck is a player who can win games for you while Fitzpatrick is a player you just hope won’t lose them. The differences between the two starting quarterbacks are clear, and the Colts easily have the advantage when it comes to the most important position on the field.
Improved defense (?)
Believe it or not, the defense wasn’t the biggest problem for the Colts in Week 1. And while the defense didn’t play great, they also showed some signs of improvement, particularly in the run game. They still gave up 147 yards rushing (4.1 yards per carry), but 67 of those yards came on just two plays: a 41-yard scramble by Tyrod Taylor and a 26-yard touchdown run by Karlos Williams. Outside of those two runs, the Colts allowed just 90 yards on 34 carries (2.6 yards per rush). If they can keep that up and limit those big plays, they could have success again – plus the fact that there’s optimism that Robert Mathis might be able to return as a situational pass rusher this week. The defense wasn’t great last week, but there was at least reason for cautious optimism entering Week 2.
The Colts lost 27-14 in Week 1 on the road in a game that was rather ugly for Indianapolis. The Bills are a good team, to be sure, but that loss provides a reality check of sorts for the Colts, even though it’s just one week into the season. Perhaps they had been looking forward to games down the road and listening to all of the Super Bowl hype. But whatever the reason, the Colts will be motivated this week. Under head coach Chuck Pagano, the Colts are 14-1 the week after a loss. They’ve rebounded well from losses in the past and there’s plenty of reason to think that will be the case again this week.
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