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Week 6 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 34, New York Jets 42


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Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense lacked firepower against the Jets. Andrew Luck again struggled with two of his top weapons sidelined in TY Hilton and Jack Doyle. Luck dealt with multiple dropped passes including one that led to an interception. Luck made his share of mistakes throughout the game but he was not put in a good position to succeed. Marlon Mack was the owner of the drop that led to a defensive touchdown but otherwise played very well. Mack showed the ability to be the bell cow back and handle work between the tackles. Mack should have seen more touches as his efficiency was as impressive as his stat line suggests. Chester Rogers had an up and down game that included two drops to start the game. Eric Ebron is Luck's most reliable pass catcher and he made some nice plays downfield.

New York Jets

The good news is Sam Darnold continues to look better and better each week, and the Jets offense 1 now that itís out of the very tough early part of the schedule ó is scoring points and moving the ball. The bad news is, at least for fantasy, that the production is coming from all sorts of sources and lacks predictability. A week after big games from running back Isaiah Crowell and receiver Robby Anderson, the ground game struggled and Anderson was shut down. Will the same happen this week to Jermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor after great games against the Colts? The Jets are starting to score points as an offense more consistently, but individually they are still too unpredictable.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Andrew Luck, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 43 - 301 - 4 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0
Andrew Luck played as well as anyone could expect with a low level of talent around him that has been depleted by injuries. I counted 5 dropped passes by Colts receivers including a touchdown and another that led to a pick six for the Jets. Its hard to blame Luck for his mistakes when he is repeatedly forced to throw underneath into tight windows and the Colts attack every opponent with the same game plan. Luck's first interception that went for six points in the other direction was not his fault. Luck threw a screen pass that was bobbled right into the hands of Morris Claiborne for an easy interception and touchdown. Luck threw a pass that hit Perry Nickerson in the hands on the Colts ensuing possession that should have been intercepted. Luck responded to the bad throw with a nice completion to Mo Alie-Cox down the sideline for 34 yards. Luck then found Marcus Johnson for a 34 yard touchdown on what appeared to be a blown coverage. Luck had to deal with his receiving corps dropping passes throughout the game including a dropped touchdown by Nyheim Hines that forced a field goal attempt. Luck made another ill advised throw in the direction of Ryan Grant and the pass was deflected and intercepted. Andrew Luck capped a drive that mostly consisted of running plays with a nice throw down the seam to Eric Ebron for a 18 yard touchdown. Luck again drove the Colts down the field this time with completions to Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers. Luck capped the drive finding a wide open Erik Swoope in the back of the end zone for 6 points. Luck threw his third interception of the game again failing to see an underneath defender and throwing it right to Darron Lee. Luck put together one final touchdown drive with the game out of hand connected with Chester Rogers for an 18 yard score.

RB Marlon Mack, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 89 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)
Marlon Mack had a very strong game outside of one early mistake. Mack showed an ability to be patient and run through contact between the tackles. Mack consistently picked up chunks of yardage whenever he touched the ball. Mack's mistake came when he took his eyes off of a screen pass from Luck and knocked the ball into the air resulting in a pick six for the Jets on the Colts second offensive snap. Mack burst through a hole for 6 yards and was brought down at the half yard line. Mack was given a carry the following play and lost a yard. Mack ran through a slow developing hole off tackle for 14 yards showing patience and balance. Mack had a 5 yard reception negated by an illegal motion penalty. Mack slipped tackle up the middle and broke into the open field for a 25 yard gain. Mack found another hole and burst into the second level for 10 more yards.

RB Robert Turbin, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 10 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (1 targets)
Robert Turbin assumed the role of change of pace running back. Turbin was used in both rushing and passing situations but was clearly behind Marlon Mack in the pecking order. Turbin lost a fumble after the Colts had taken the lead and gained momentum.

RB Nyheim Hines, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 14 - 0, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (3 targets)
Nyheim Hines returned to a complementary pass catching role with Marlon Mack assuming the role of lead back. Hines left his feet for no reason while securing a catch and dropped what would have been a 3 yard touchdown on his first target. Hines made a 10 yard catch on quick throw to the flat from Luck. Hines picked up 11 yards on a check down from Luck.

WR Zach Pascal, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 5 - 35 - 0 (7 targets)
Zach Pascal was used as an underneath receiver. Pascal made a number of catches on slants, routes to the flat, and bubble screens. Pascal dropped a target running a slant route. Pascal made a 15 yard sideline catch running an out route.

WR Chester Rogers, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 55 - 1 (10 targets)
Chester Rogers had an up and down day against the Jets. Rogers dropped his first target that was thrown slightly behind him on what would have been a 12 yard gain. Rogers dropped his second target trying to run before he secured the pass on shallow crossing route. Rogers had a 9 yard catch negated by penalty. Rogers made a 21 yard catch running a deep crossing route the following play. Rogers was targeted in the end zone from the 6 yard line and drew a pass interference penalty. Rogers ran a nice out route for a catch and run of 16 yards. Rogers scored an 18 yard touchdown running a shallow crossing route showing off his speed.

WR Marcus Johnson, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 52 - 1 (3 targets)
Marcus Johnson simply ran down the field and was left uncovered by the Jets for an easy 34 yard touchdown. Johnson made a nice catch on a high throw from Luck for an 18 yard catch and run on 3rd and 5.

WR Ryan Grant, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (5 targets)
Ryan Grant made his first catch with two minutes left in the first half running a comeback route for 12 yards. Grant picked up 12 more yards running another comeback route. Grant was largely not involved in the game and was unable to get open downfield.

TE Eric Ebron, 49 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0, Rec: 4 - 71 - 1 (7 targets)
Eric Ebron was Andrew Luck's most reliable pass catcher. Ebron is being used more and more as a downfield weapon instead of as a check down option or underneath receiver. Ebron is taking advantage of these opportunities and making plays. Ebron made his first catch running an out breaking route from the slot for 15 yards. Ebron was targeted at the 3 yard line on a screen pass was stopped for no gain. Ebron boxed out his defender and made a contested catch running a corner route for a 19 yard gain. Ebron found space in front of the Jets' deep safety running down the seam for an 18 yard touchdown. Ebron again used his body to shield the defender while making the catch. Ebron made a 19 yard catch right in the middle of the zone defense.


New York Jets

QB Sam Darnold, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 30 - 280 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 8 - 0
In what was far and away his best outing, rookie Sam Darnold 80 percent of his passes for an average of 11.6 yards per completion, both season highs. After a brutal early interception where Darnold stared down his receiver and threw off his back foot, the former USC quarterback had a nearly flawless day. Darnold made a lot of plays with his feet, buying time outside the pocket and patiently waiting for a receiver to get open, looking to throw rather than run. He also threw some pinpoint accurate passes, like his first touchdown pass late in the second quarter, a 7-yard throw to Terrelle Pryor. On the play, Pryor ran a short route into the end zone and turned around. He was bracketed by a pair of defenders, but Darnold didnít hesitate, fitting the ball between them and right to Pryor. Another promising improvement for Darnold is his improved accuracy on easy throws. Early on this season there were times when Darnold would miss an open target but the last two weeks he has made the easy throws as well as the tough ones. His toss to tight end Chris Herndon in the third quarter, a 32-yard catch and run off a nice play-action fake, was a simple throw to a wide-open target and Darnold made it look as easy as it was.

RB Bilal Powell, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 59 - 0 (1 targets)
The Indianapolis Colts were determined to stop the Jets on the ground, and make the Jets beat them in the air. That didnít work out so well for them on a macro level, but they were able to bottle up the Jets backfield. Powell was once again the back with more carries, but he was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage and had a hard time gaining forward progress. He fought hard, though, and continues to show the ability to fighting for tough yards as well as breaking off the occasional long run, as he did early in the third quarter on a 16-yard run. Powell seemed to have more success going inside, as just about all of his longer runs came through the middle of the field, while he had more problems turning the corner.

RB Isaiah Crowell, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 40 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
A week after a franchise record-setting day and nursing an ankle injury, Crowell took a bit of a back seat to Bilal Powell. Crowellís plays often took him around the edge or off-tackle, and there wasnít much room there for him, but he did have a nice run late in the third quarter where he broke through the middle of the line and bulled his way to a 21-yard gain. Itís unclear how much he was hampered by his ankle issue, or what the long-term diagnosis is going forward.

WR Jermaine Kearse, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 94 - 0 (10 targets)
With Quincy Enunwa exiting the game early with an ankle injury, Kearse went off, catching all but one of his targets and leading the Jets in receiving yards. The Jets used him on a lot of slants and crossing routes, and Kearse gashed the Colts defense. One such play came on a 2nd & 20 at the Jets own 15-yard line. Kearse ran a post-route, getting inside of his coverage where Sam Darnold could hit him before the receiver reached the single deep safety. Kearse got the Jets a first down and extend a drive which led to a field, extending the lead to 9 points.

WR Terrelle Pryor, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 57 - 1 (6 targets)
After disappearing for several weeks, Pryor now has back to back games with touchdowns for the Jets, and this week added some yards as well. The Jets made good use of his size, creating mismatches in the red zone, particularly on his 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter. On the play, Pryor ran a short, straight route into the end zone, using his body to force coverage to take a step back. Quarterback Sam Darnold used that room to find Pryor for the score.

WR Robby Anderson, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 39 - 0 (5 targets)
A week after a huge game against Denver, Anderson was relatively quiet. The Colts dedicated themselves to containing him on deep passes, but in doing so they left themselves open to damage by Terrelle Pryor and Jermaine Kearse. Anderson was the target on Sam Darnoldís well-underthrown ball in the first quarter of the game, but that was really the only deep ball he saw.

WR Quincy Enunwa, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)
Enunwa left the game at the start of the second quarter with an ankle injury after fumbling the ball. His injury has been reported as a high ankle sprain and he is expected to miss three weeks or more.

TE Chris Herndon, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 56 - 1 (2 targets)
Herndon didnít get targeted very often but he made what he got count, particularly on his 32-yard catch and run touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Herndon ran a very simple route down the sideline, and the coverage first bit on the playaction fake by Sam Darnold, then one defender fell as he tried to adjust. Herndon was wide open, as was fellow tight end Jordan Leggett.

TE Neal Sterling, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)
Sterling was mostly used as a blocker Sunday, though he was on the field more than any other tight end on the team, present for 51% of the offensive snaps. His biggest play was on special teams when he caught a Colts onside kick to seal the game for the Jets.