The Indianapolis Colts were coming off of a handy defeat of the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 and were hoping to take care of business in Week 3 against against a depleted, and sloppy New York Jets squad. They did exactly that by handing out a 36-7 smashing of the Jets, with a big defensive effort, efficient offensive play, and a solid special teams outing.
Mo Alie-Cox again showed that he was capable of continuing his big-play ability, Xavier Rhodes had his most productive game in a couple years (2 Interceptions), and Philip Rivers maintained his control over the offense. The Colts are seeing instant returns in the acquisition of DeForest Buckner, the team’s secondary is thriving in spite of losing a couple key pieces in the past couple weeks, and Frank Reich and Matt Eberflus have been calling some very good games on their respective sides of the ball.
The Colts held the Jets to 260 yards of total offense, and combated that with a very controlled game script of their own that could march down the field with sustained drives, but also is producing some big chunk plays as well.
The Colts still have a couple areas in which they need to tighten up before they can be exposed by better teams on their schedule. The Colts just happen to be mitigating any of their marginal areas of production with big plays. Largely the team is hitting on all cylinders, combining very good performances in all three phases of the game.
This team is getting exciting to watch, and it can be pondered that they have some real potential this season, yet the team’s schedule gets much more difficult after the bye, and the Colts will need to continue to grow if they hope to get to a double-digit win total for the year, with real playoff aspirations. Beating up on teams they should absolutely beat up on, though, is a necessary part of the process of getting better and is a lot of fun to watch in the meantime.
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