The NFL on Thursday has a very interesting matchup prepared between the Jets and the Colts. This will determine who will make a comeback and who will be left behind at this point of the season. The Jets are coming from a very impressive win against one of the early favorites in the Cincinnati Bengals with a score of 34-31. This win meant everything for this organization, which usually struggles and was disappointed again because of first-round rookie QB Zach Wilson’s knee injury from the game against the NE Patriots.
The Colts are coming off a tough loss against the Tennessee Titans when PK Randy Bullock put the final blow almost six minutes into overtime and converted the field goal. In this game, Colts QB Carson Wentz threw for 265 yards, scoring three touchdowns and adding two of the interceptions that enabled the Titans to recover and finally get the upper hand.
The Jets are going through one of their greatest moments this season. The team was able to obtain a key win against one of the toughest teams in the league just recently, under the leadership of unexpected emergent QB Mike White, who put up 259 yards in this game, with three touchdowns and a single interception. That took the Bengals into deep waters and drowned them with a 2-point conversion that worked.
A few moments after the scoreboard showed the Jets’ advantage, the crowd was all-in for White, and the chants started to arise in the arena. With this win against all odds, the Jets picked up their second win of this season, placing third in the AFC East. However, they still have a long way to go if they still have any hopes to keep themselves in the next round.
QB Wentz and the Colts have an opportunity for a new fresh start to scratch their most recent loss against the Titans and start all over again. The franchise player, and recent Colts addition, has had some success throwing the ball and has now a record of 1926 yards, placing number 16 in the league.
He’s also a top-ten QB in touchdowns, with 14 so far this season. It all looks like his performance is somewhere above average; however, being fourth in interceptions in the league, with three, isn’t helping his status.
Rising star RB Jonathan Taylor, drafted in the second round, has been taking what is given to him and causing reverberations with his impressive numbers and ball-handling ability that has been key for the Colts this season. Taylor is now the fifth-best player in rushing attempts with 121 and second with 649 yards total running the ball on the ground.
Will he make a difference against the Jets? The rookie RB is looking to continue to put up the stats and take his performance to the next level.
The most recent matchups between these two have been very tight games. The Jets have the most wins, though, with a record of 3-2 on their last five meetings. Also, the Jets appear to have issues visiting the Colts on the road and are 7-13 in their last 20 games playing as the visiting team.
At the same time, their scoring is improving against the odds, and the total has gone over in four of the previous five Jets games. The total has also gone over for the Colts in their last five games and also for the seven games that they have played this season.
The Jets are going through an improved period with their replacement QB White and are surely looking forward to keeping it going. The Colts have historically had a lot of trouble playing the Jets, and with the current unpredictable style of football they have shown recently and the high turnover rate, this game will not be the difference.