December 6, 2016
The Indianapolis Colts evened their record to 6-6 after crushing the New York Jets, 41-10, in a Monday Night Football Week 13 matchup at MetLife Stadium.
Quarterback Andrew Luck completed 22-of-28 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns for a 147.6 passer rating against the Jets. Luck’s 147.6 passer rating marked a new single-game career-high.
"Guys kept chipping away and kept practicing," said Luck. "Offensive Coordinator Rob Chudzinski has been giving us a great plan every week. Our staff and coaches have been teaching and we, as players, are starting to rise up a little more. It’s good to see some good plays."
Colts running back Frank Gore led the team with 20 carries for 79 rushing yards, and tight end Dwayne Allen caught four passes for 72 yards and three touchdowns.
On the team's opening drive, Luck gave the Colts a 7-0 lead on a seven-yard touchdown pass to Allen and never looked back, as Indianapolis posted a 24-3 halftime lead against the Jets. The 21-point advantage was the largest for the team at halftime of a single game this year.
Luck and Allen connected for a touchdown again on the team’s next possession on a 21-yard pass to give the Colts a 14-0 advantage in the first quarter. In his first two drives of the game, Luck completed 6-of-6 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns for a 158.3 passer rating.
But it wasn't only the Colts offense that came to play, as the defense held the Jets to 0-of-5 on third downs in the first half, and 3-of-11 (27 percent) in the game. The 27 percent mark was tied for the second lowest for a Colts opponent this season.
The Colts' defense also finished with three interceptions, and held the Jets to 36 net rushing yards.
"They did an incredible job," said Luck of the defense. "They created 3 turnovers tonight. When you’re plus-three in a game, you’ve got a chance to win. You really have a great chance to win."
With the victory, the Colts improved their all-time record against the Jets to 41-28 and 22-13 on the road.
The Colts, Texans, and Tennessee are now tied for first place in the AFC South, with the Colts and Texans facing each other on Sunday.
Houston has won eight consecutive division games, including the past two meetings between the clubs. In Week 6, running back Lamar Miller rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Texans’ 26-23 overtime victory over the Colts.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services