INDIANAPOLIS - The Jets' offense hardly was a thing of beauty in Monday night's defensive-oriented 20-7 victory over the Colts. But wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker did combine for 15 receptions for 198 yards.
Most importantly, they scored the Jets' only touchdowns, including Marshall's game-clincher from 15 yards out in the fourth quarter.
The concern after the game was a knee injury that knocked out Decker, who was to have an MRI on Tuesday.
But assuming the injury is nothing serious, the Jets have a formidable one-two threat.
Afterward Marshall joked that he would get on Decker about falling 3 yards short of 100 when both could have had 100-yard receiving days. Marshall had 101.
But seriously: "That's what you want. You can go back to his days in Denver with Demaryius [Thomas] and himself. One week it was Demaryius and the other week it was him. With us, everything starts with [running back] Chris Ivory and our offensive line.
"[The Colts] saw what they did last week and they tried to do some things up front, some stunts and some shifts. They gave us some funky looks and they gave us some holes to hit them."
Marshall said there was no inspirational huddle or meeting on the sideline before the 80-yard TD drive on which the offense at last backed up the defense after the Jets' lead had dwindled to 10-7.
He did lament the sputtering nature of the attack, though. "I think collectively we feel that we left a lot of meat on the bones," he said. "We're going to enjoy it, but we also know we have to do a better job."
On his touchdown reception, Marshall said he saw that he faced single coverage so he yelled to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick before the snap to exercise his option to throw the ball Marshall's way.
"I wanted to make sure he was going to throw it because he had an option so I was like, 'Hey, hey, hey!'" Marshall said. "He came to me and I made a play."
Wasn't he worried about telling the defense what was coming? "It didn't matter," Marshall said. "I knew I was going to beat him. I just wanted to make sure I got the opportunity because it was tough with them doubling and rolling coverage to my side."
Marshall praised the play of Colts cornerbacks Sheldon Price and Jalil Brown, who had to take charge of that position with Vontae Davis leaving the game with a concussion and other corners having sat out the game altogether.
"I think they actually played pretty good," Marshall said. "Number 40 and 25 did a great job. They actually started getting up in our face and pressing us a little more. They did a great job, but it was our night."