Know Your Opponent: Week 2 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Dalbin Osorio breaks down the Indianapolis Colts, the Jets week 2 opponent

The New York Jets travel to Indianapolis tonight to take on the defending AFC South Champion Indianapolis Colts. The Jets are fresh off a dominant week one win against the Browns, while the Colts are coming off a bad loss against the Buffalo Bills. The Jets are looking for their first 2-0 start since Rex Ryan’s first season, and only their second two game winning streak in five years. Let’s get to know their opponent entering Week 2…

QB Andrew Luck
RB Frank Gore
WR Andre Johnson
WR: TY Hilton (Questionable)
TE: Coby Fleener
TE: Dwayne Allen
LT: Anthony Costanzo
LG: Lance Louis
C: Khaled Holmes
RG: Todd Herremans
RT: Jack Mewhort

The Colts are coming off a game where their offense had 23 first downs and 304 total yards. They only had 64 rushing yards as Frank Gore was virtually non-existent. Andrew Luck struggled throughout the entire game and finished 26-49 for 243 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. TY Hilton had 7 catches for 88 yards, but newcomer Andre Johnson looked sluggish and only had 4 catches for 24 yards. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, combined for 4 catches for 22 yards as Aaron Williams and Corey Graham defended both very well. Rookie Philip Dorsett, drafted to be a difference maker from the slot and on special teams, only had 2 catches but he did gain 45 yards. The offensive line struggled to protect Luck from the Bills pass rush.

LDE: Kendall Langford
NT: David Parry
DT: Henry Anderson
OLB: Erik Walden
ILB: D’Qwell Jackson
ILB: Jerrell Freeman
OLB: Trent Cole
LCB: Greg Toler (Doubtful)
FS: Dwight Lowery
SS: Mike Adams
RCB: Vontae Davis

The Colts run defense gave up 3 runs of 15+ yards last week. Where a shifty back like LeSean McCoy struggled, a bruising back like Karlos Williams averaged 9 yards per carry against the susceptible Colts front seven. Trent Cole is miscast as an OLB in this 3-4 defense. The best player in the Colts defense is cornerback Vontae Davis, who allowed 0 catches on 2 targets against Sammy Watkins. The secondary allowed Tyrod Taylor to complete 14 of 19 passes last week, and he was very comfortable in the pocket. The Bills OL was able to keep Cole and Langford from getting any pressure on Taylor, so the Jets have to hope their OL can keep Fitzpatrick clean.

Special Teams
P: Pat McAfee
K: Adam Vinatieri
LS: Matt Overton
KR: Donte Moncrief
PR: Phillip Dorsett

Pat McAfee is arguably the best punter in the league, and Adam Vinatieri is the most clutch kicker in NFL history. Moncrief earned 5 yards on his lone kick return as Tyler Varga handled the kickoff return duties last week. Dorsett had two punt returns, earned one yard total and struggled fielding them.

Prediction: Jets 31, Colts 25

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.