OFFENSE: The Jets scored on eight consecutive possessions over the last three quarters. Only two of them were touchdowns, so the Jets need to work on their red-zone offense. But they were able to put together drives that resulted in points. One of the most impressive came in the final 42 seconds of the first half. The Jets were not conservative as they have been at times. Starting on their own 25-yard line, Sam Darnold drove the Jets into field-goal range and Jason Myers converted as time expired. The Jets never really got the running game going, finishing 216 yards short of matching last week’s rushing total. But the Jets had little issues in their passing game. Darnold threw for 280 yards and a pair of scores, and he spread the ball around.
DEFENSE: The Jets defense got off to a great start, with Morris Claiborne picking off a twice-deflected pass and taking it in for the touchdown 12 seconds into the game. Overall, though, the defense did just enough to win. The Jets gave up 34 points and 428 yards of offense. Nothing to be proud of really, and they weren’t. “The defense as a whole, we just didn’t play well,” safety Jamal Adams said. “It was very ugly.” But the Jets did force four turnovers. They intercepted Andrew Luck three times, including a crucial and clutch pick by Darron Lee with the Jets up nine in the fourth quarter. They also held the Colts to a field goal after getting in a first-and-goal situation.
Jason Myers couldn’t miss. The Jets kicker, signed midway through camp, set a franchise record by kicking seven field goals. He also converted all three of his extra-point attempts and continued his kickoff mastery. Myers began the day tied for the NFL lead with 24 touchbacks, and he added eight to that total Sunday. He was the MVP of the game for the Jets.
COACHING: It wasn’t pretty, but Todd Bowles and many players in the locker room talked about this being a game they would have found a way to lose in the past. Closing games was a major issue last season. The Jets showed growth and poise to not let Luck snatch away a victory. They didn’t commit major or game-changing penalties, as they have in the past, and they stood up to each challenge. The Jets bent but didn’t break. The coaches deserve credit for keeping the Jets’ focused and getting them to finish.