Ultimate Colts Pregame Primer: Week 13 vs. Jets
The Colts will have everything to gain when they take the field for their Monday Night Football matchup with the Jets in Week 13. After the Houston Texans (6-6) fell to the Green Bay Packers this week, the Colts are now a half game back from a three-way division lead (Tennessee Titans are also 6-6) with just five games left to play in the regular season. The Colts will also be out for a small bit of revenge, as the Jets beat the Colts at home last September, 20-7.
Last week, the Colts lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Thanksgiving, 28-7. Quarterback Andrew Luck missed the game with a concussion.
- Indianapolis Colts (5-6) vs. New York Jets (3-8)
- Monday, December 5, 8:30pm EST
- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
- TV: ESPN Monday Night Football (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
- To find out which games will be on TV all Sunday in your area, check here!
- Radio: WFNI 93.5 FM/1070 AM "1070 The Fan", WLHK 97.1 FM "HANK FM" (Bob Lamey, Jim Sorgi, Matt Taylor) and Westwood One (Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Steve Tasker)
Here are the main points I will be looking for on Sunday:
- Don't let history repeat itself – In last year's matchup, the New York receiving and cornerback duos of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker and Darrelle Revis and Buster Skrine, respectively, made play after play. Marshall and Decker combined for 15 catches for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns, and even though Colts receivers TY Hilton and Donte Moncrief got the better of Revis and Skrine in coverage (11 catches for 167 yards and 1 TD combined), the corners found themselves in the right place consistently. Skrine led the team in tackles with 8 (1.0 for loss) as well as a QB hit and a pass breakup, and Revis had 3 takeaways.
- Uncork the long ball – Of course if you don't have time to throw, you have to focus on getting the ball out quicker which involves shorter dropbacks, but for the Colts not not go deep to Hilton, Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett would be a mistake in this game. They can the top off against this secondary, especially with safety Calvin Pryor being out with a concussion. Something the Colts have done very well in the past is get their slot receiver to run some sort of go or deep post route for a 40-plus-yard score, but that is something you have not seen much from them lately even though they have the players they need to do it. If the Colts take a few shots downfield, something should turn up in their favor.
- Force Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the 2016 version – Last year, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tore the Colts apart. He threw for a modest 244 yards and 2 touchdowns, but it was the timing of it all that was most demoralizing. Colts cornerback Vontae Davis was injured and out most of the game, and fellow starter Greg Toler never suited up due to injury. Whenever a play was there to make, Fitzpatrick, Marshall and Decker made it (Marshall and Decker saw 62% of Fitzpatrick's targets). Fitzpatrick has been one of the league's worst starting quarterbacks this year, however, with a touchdown-to-interception ration of 10:13, for example. The Colts defense is capable of playing well, they just have to execute, and they have a great opportunity against the league's last-rated passer (72.2).
Colts Injury Report
- QUESTIONABLE – WR TY Hilton (back), OG Denzelle Good (shoulder), DL Hassan Ridgeway (back)
- OUT – OLB Robert Mathis (bicep), CB Patrick Robinson (groin), S Clayton Geathers (neck/concussion)
Broncos Injury Report
- QUESTIONABLE – OT Breno Giacomini (shoulder/back), DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle), OLB Bruce Carter (quad), CB Marcus Williams (ankle)
- DOUBTFUL – OLB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
- OUT – WR Jalin Marshall (concussion), S Calvin Pryor (concussion), DL Steve McClendon (hamstring)
- Colts CB Vontae Davis vs. Jets WR Brandon Marshall – As previously mentioned, Marshall had himself a day in last year's matchup, and Davis was nowhere near 100% and could not finish the game. Davis is banged up again this time, but so is Marshall. Davis is coming off of one of his worst games as a Colt last week against the Steelers when Antonio Brown had his way against the Pro-Bowl defensive back. If Davis can keep Marshall in check, Fitzpatrick will have to distribute to Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson at receiver. This week's matchup will be a good one to watch.
- Colts OL vs. Jets DL and OLB – Colts tackles Anthony Castonzo and Joe Haeg have had their struggles against pass rushers this year, and the Jets bring some good ones in Sheldon Richardson and Jordan Jenkins. The Jets' frontmen of Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams could also make a case as the league's best defensive lineman duo, so the Colts' interior of Jack Mewhort, Ryan Kelly and Denzelle Good will also have their hands full. Luck having time to get the ball downfield and Frank Gore's ability to pick up the tough yards and move the chains will be critical in this matchup, so the Colts' line must do their job.
- Since the Colts' last performance in Week 12, they have made a handful of roster moves. They activated OLB Trent Cole from Injured Reserve, signed QB Stephen Morris and WR Devin Street to the practice squad and released DT Kelcy Quarles from the practice squad.
- Luck needs 3 passing touchdowns to pass Bert Jones (122) for third in team history. Luck needs one 300-yard passing game to pass Johnny Unitas (26) for the third most in team history. Luck needs 10 rushing yards to pass Jones (1,356) for second in team history for a QB. Luck needs 2 rushing touchdowns to pass Jones (14) for second in team history for a QB.
- Gore needs 37 carries to pass Jim Riggins (2,916) for 12th in NFL history. Gore needs 30 rushing yards to pass Tony Dorsett (12,730) for eighth in NFL history. Gore needs 2 rushing touchdowns to pass Clinton Portis (75) for 23rd in NFL history. Gore needs 122 yards from scrimmage to pass Terrell Owens (16,185) for 11th in NFL history.
- Hilton needs 14 receptions to pass Edgerrin James (356) for seventh in Colts team history. Hilton needs one 100-yard receiving game to pass Marvin Harrison (21) for the most in team history in a player's first five years, and Hilton would pass Harrison, Anquan Boldin and Calvin Johnson for ninth in NFL history. Hilton needs 1 receiving touchdown to pass Roger Carr (29) for 10th in team history. Hilton needs 58 receiving yards to eclipse 1,000 for the year, joining Harrison and Reggie Wayne as the only players in team history to do it four times.
- K Adam Vinatieri needs 2 converted field goals from 20-29 yards to pass Morten Andersen (176) for most in NFL history from that distance. Vinatieri needs 3 converted field goals from 50+ yards to pass Matt Prater (34) for eighth most in NFL history from that distance. Vinatieri needs 12 points to eclipse 100 for the season, extending his NFL record to 19 such seasons and set a new team record with his ninth such season in Indianapolis.
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