EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–First Quarter Recap
The Colts deferred the opening toss.
You could not have asked for a better start from the visitors. Chris Milton's opening kick stop at the 11-yard line set up a three-and-out for the Jets.
With great field position, the Colts easily marched 51 yards in 7 plays with Dwayne Allen catching a wide open seven-yard touchdown. The Colts lead was 7-0 at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter.
The Indy defense dialed up another three-and-out with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa not being able to haul in a third-down pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
At this point, it looked like the Colts offense was playing against air. Andrew Luck's 6-for-6 start included a 34-yard completion to T.Y. Hilton and then a 21-yard touchdown toss to Dwayne Allen. On both of Allen's touchdowns, the tight end was virtually uncovered. This TD drive went 69 yards in 1:47.
The stellar defensive play continued for the Colts. After an initial first down toss to wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the run defense shut down the Jets. Edwin Jackson's third-and-short stop gave the ball back to Andrew Luck and company.
It took a while, but the offense for Indianapolis finally slowed down. Penalties and a sack led to a 2nd-and-32. Pat McAfee's punt did pin the Jets back at their own three-yard line.
At the end of the first quarter, the Colts led the Jets 14-0.Second Quarter Recap
Starting from their own three-yard line, the Jets put together their best drive of the night. A 40-yard completion to Matt Forte, plus a 15-yard penalty on Zach Kerr, put the Jets inside the 10-yard line. But a red-zone stop from the Colts led to a 38-yard field goal from Nick Folk. The Colts lead was 14-3 at the 10:31 mark of the second quarter.
Adam Vinatieri answered the field goal with one of his own. A 53-yarder from Vinny pushed the Colts lead back to 14 points, at 17-3, with 8:16 to go until halftime. On the drive, a 19-yard run by Frank Gore pushed him past Tony Dorsett (12,739) for eighth on the NFL's all-time rushing list. T.Y. Hilton also eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season on the series.
Ted Monachino's defense got back to its three-and-out ways. After two nice run stops, the Colts found a third-down pressure from Trent Cole to force a punt.
Dwayne Allen's career day continued. This touchdown was a little more difficult for the fifth-year tight end. Allen's 23-yard snag from Andrew Luck gave the Colts a 24-3 lead with 1:18 left in the first half.
It looked like the Colts would tack on more points. A Darius Butler pick gave the Colts another terrific opportunity at a final minute score.
An Andrew Luck completion to Jack Doyle saw the fourth-year tight end find some yards after catch. A pylon dive from Doyle saw the ball get jarred loose and bounce through the end zone for a touchback.
At halftime, the Colts led the Jets 24-3.Third Quarter Recap
The Colts dominance was still there at the start of the second half. A 6:06 drive saw Donte Moncrief score a touchdown in his fifth straight game. That streak tied Reggie Wayne for the longest a Colt has had since 2009. The touchdown was the fourth of the night for Andrew Luck. The Colts were now up 31-3.
Following halftime, the Jets turned to young quarterback Bryce Petty under center. The decision didn't lead to immediate results. After one first down, the Jets had to punt.
The Colts would then pad their lead with a 36-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri. The 10-play drive ate up a chunk of the third-quarter clock.
Just before the third quarter came to a close, Mike Adams (who grew up 12 miles from MetLife) picked off Bryce Petty and returned it 56 yards inside the Jets' 10-yard line.
At the end of the third quarter, the Colts were up 34-3.Fourth Quarter Recap
The pick from Adams set up a Robert Turbin touchdown from five yards out. The lead was now 41-3 in favor of the visitors with 14:54 remaining.
The Jets finally found the end zone on a 40-yard pass from Bryce Petty to wide receiver Robby Anderson. The score brought the lead down to 41-10 with 11:19 to go in the fourth quarter.
Scott Tolzien entered on the next drive for the Colts. Andrew Luck's night ended with the following stat line: 22/28 for 278 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs and a career-high rating of 147.6.
After a three-and-out by the Colts, the Jets followed that up with a turnover on downs.
Tolzien and the offense ran out a majority of the rest of the clock.
One final defensive stop, with an interception by former Jet Darryl Morris, gave the Colts a 41-10 victory.
The Colts (6-6) will return home for a short week. It's a pivotal week though with the Houston Texans (6-6) coming to Lucas Oil Stadium. The winner will have AFC South control with three weeks left in the season.
Colts In-Game Injuries
OG-Denzelle Good (concussion, OUT)
ILB-D'Qwell Jackson (neck, QUESTIONABLE)
S-Clayton Geathers (concussion/neck)
OLB-Robert Mathis (bicep)
CB-Patrick Robinson (groin)
Colts Pre-Game Notes
- The Colts and Jets will meet on Monday Night Football for a second straight season.
- A win on Monday for the Colts would put them, the Texans and Titans all at 6-6 with four weeks to go in the season.
- After Sunday, the Colts will have four more games left in 2016 (Houston, @Minnesota, @Oakland, Jacksonville).
-The Colts will be outdoors on Monday night with temperatures expected to be in the 40s at MetLife Stadium. Rain is not expected.
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