EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets were blown out by the Indianapolis Colts 41-10. The Colts did what ever they wanted as the Jets came out unprepared. The effort was lackadaisical and laughable.
"We played like (expletive)," said Muhammad Wilkerson.
Andrew Luck (22 of 28 for 278 yards and four touchdowns) stuffed the stat sheet and gave the many Colts fans with his jersey on, something to cheer about. Luck found wide out T.Y. Hilton (nine catches for 146 yards) early and often, as the Colts ran crossing routes in front of almost every defensive back on the Jet roster.
Dwayne Allen scored two of his three receiving touchdowns in the first quarter. On both plays Allen was wide open. There wasn't a Jet defender in sight on either play, as Allen practically danced into the end zone on his second score.
"For the first time this year, we got our (butt) handed to us", said Todd Bowles. "That's very disappointing from a physical standpoint."
Jets fans were restless watching Gang Green's offense miss blocks and drop passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick (5 of 12 for 81 yards, one interception) - benched at halftime- missed throws and the Indy defense was 10 steps ahead of them the entire night.
"Obviously, it was a great, great team win," said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.
Mistakes on offense were costly for the Jets who committed three turnovers and three personal foul penalties. They rushed for just 36 yards on 14 attempts. On the flip side, Colts running back Frank Gore (20 carries 79 yards), passed Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett for eight all-time on the rushing list.
A beautiful back shoulder throw by Luck, was placed perfectly into the hands of Allen, who got behind linebacker Darron Lee for a 23 yard touchdown. The Jets had no answer for the tight end all evening. At this point, the Colts were up 24-3 and after a Fitzpatrick interception late in the half, Jets fans started to head for the exits. They were booing the team all night for its inept play, you could argue that the Jet faithful deserve a refund despite the dirt cheap tickets at MetLife.
Coming out of halftime, the Colts continued to destroy the Jet secondary with simple slant and flat routes. It was too easy for the Luck who threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night in the third quarter putting his team up 31-3. Luck made quick work of the Jets and he didn't play in the fourth quarter.
"There was no execution on offense and defense," said Brandon Marshall.
There weren't many cheers from Jets fans this evening but Bryce Petty got a standing ovation when he replaced Fitzpatrick in the third quarter. They also had the treat of seeing two State Trooper's take out two shirtless fans who ran on the field. This and the t-shirt tosses seemed to entertain fans more than the Jets' play.
Petty (11 of 25 for 135 yards, one touchdowns and two interceptions), struggled, but showed that he can stretch the field. He found Robby Anderson (four catches for 61 yards, one touchdown) on a 40 yard touchdown in the middle of the field during garbage time. After the game, Bowles said Petty will start the last four games of the season.
"The plan was for us to start him the last four games anyway, so we just started a half early," said Bowles.
The Jets fall to 3-9 on the year, while the Colts advance to 6-6.