INDIANAPOLIS - Revis Island to the rescue.
The Jets cornerback is known best for his suffocating coverage. But under the bright lights of prime time, Revis reminded the football world that there is nothing he can't do.
Not once, not twice, but three times he came through against the Colts Tuesday night, registering two fumble recoveries and a third-quarter interception of Andrew Luck to help lead the Jets to a 20-7 road win.
"It's Monday night football It don't get better than this," said Revis, who received a big hug from Jets owner Woody Johnson outside the visitor's locker room after they improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2011.
"The magnitude of the game. We knew we were going against a great offense, a great team . . . And we made a lot of turnovers today," added Revis, who proved he hasn't lost a step since undergoing knee surgery in 2012. His three recoveries this season are a career high.
The Jets, who had a league-low 13 take-aways last season, have a team-record 10 in two games. Coach Todd Bowles' revamped defense was vital to their latest win. And the near $150 million first-year general manager Mike Maccagnan spent to retool his secondary was well worth it, players said.
"That's why they're worth the big money, man," right guard Willie Colon said, smiling. "Great players cost and it showed up tonight."
After struggling for much of the game, the Colts' offense came alive in the fourth. Luck marched downfield and capped an eight-play, 91-yard drive with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief over cornerback Antonio Cromartie. That pulled Indianapolis within 10-7 with 10:07 to go.
But quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (22-for-34, 244 yards, one interception) made more plays when it counted. And so did his defense.
With 6:27 left, Fitzpatrick connected with Brandon Marshall, who bullied his way into the end zone for a 15-yard score with two defenders draped over him. A short time later, Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist thwarted another promising Colts drive when he intercepted a deep pass intended for Andre Johnson on the sideline and Nick Folk made it 20-7 with a 46-yard field goal.
Second-year safety Calvin Pryor also notched the first interception of his career in the first quarter, which helped set up a 6-yard Brandon Marshall touchdown that made it 7-0 with 6:44 left in the first quarter. "This is a huge win for us," said linebacker Davis Harris (seven tackles)."
"This is a quality team. They're one of the top teams in the conference and it's big to come to their house, their stadium on Monday night and get a huge win in front of the country, we're just trying to build an identity. And this game helps."
The Colts succeeded in stacking the box against Chris Ivory (14 carries, 57 yards), but Bowles' swarming defense kept Luck off balance with an array of creative blitzes and pressures defense. He finished 21 of 37 for 250 yards.
"It feels like what we're supposed to be doing," Colon said of their 2-0 start. "I wish I could say I'm surprised. But I'm not."
"We all believe in each other up front and the defense played absolutely lights out, played championship football today. If there's a game ball given out, every guy on our defense a game ball." But it wasn't all good news for the Jets. Eric Decker, who had a monster first half (eight catches, 97 yards), left with a knee injury and did not return.
Decker, however, said the team doctors believe he injured the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and it isn't serious. He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
The Colts lost a key player of their own, as cornerback Vontae Davis went to the locker room with a concussion with 3:57 left in the first half.
With the Colts trailing 10-0, running back Frank Gore derailed a nearly 10-minute drive by inexplicably dropping the ball shy of the goal line without having been touched. Revis grabbed for the ball as Gore tried to regain possession, and Revis fell on it inches from the end zone.
Indianapolis (0-2) appeared to settle down before that fumble, going 4-for-4 on third down after starting 0-for-6 in the first half. But once again, the Colts missed an opportunity to score. They also blew a chance when Adam Vinatieri hit the right upright on a 29-yard field-goal attempt late in the first quarter. It was his first miss from inside the 30 since 2007.