The New York Jets (3-8) look to continue their disappointing season at home against a mediocre Indianapolis Colts (5-6) team under the bright lights of primetime. This is the Jets’ second Monday Night game of the season, the first being a blowout road loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:25pm EST on ESPN. After missing last week with a concussion, Andrew Luck will be suiting up for the Colts, looking to get his team back to .500 and remain in the AFC wild card hunt.
Head coach Todd Bowles and the Jets have decided to keep going with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. It’s a decision that is puzzling to many, being that the team needs to evaluate both Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg in order to assess how they fit into their plans long term. If the Jets lose tonight, look for Bowles to make the change and name Petty the starter for next Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Robert Coles, Jets 24 Colts 17
The Colts do not have a good defense, and that is the silver lining in this game for the Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t look all that bad last week either, throwing two touchdowns and shockingly no interceptions. I think this Jets offense, when clicking, can pack a punch, and you can see confidence building in young wideouts Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson. I expect a pretty good offensive display from the Jets, and the defense should be good enough to slow down a Colts offense in which its two best players (Luck and Hilton) are banged up. I’ll give the Jets the advantage at home.
Daniel Gatta, Colts 28 Jets 20
As a Jets fan it pains me to say this, but I will be rooting for the Colts tonight. At 3-8, the Jets season is over, and losing their five remaining games would give them the best chance at a franchise altering player in the top of the draft. It seems as though Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan do not care about the future of this football team. If they did, Bryce Petty would be starting tonight. The coaching staff and front office have yet to evaluate Petty, and it is unknown whether he has the potential to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2017. They will continue to play Fitzpatrick, an aging veteran who has been terrible for most of the year and will not be back with the team next season. As for the game, I expect a rested Andrew Luck to dominate a porous Jets secondary. T.Y. Hilton will have his way with Revis, who continues to be a massive disappointment. The Jets offense will score some points on a below average Colts defense, but ultimately Andrew Luck will outplay Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Colts will keep their playoff hopes alive with a solid road victory.
Andrew Godnick, Jets 21 Colts 17
It’s been a dismal season for the New York Jets and this team is too talented to lost this game. The Colts aren’t a “big time” team, but playing on Monday Night is as big time as it gets. It’s going to need to be a team effort but look for a late touchdown by the Jets offense to seal the win.