Sunday, September 27, 2020, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana, 4:05 p.m. ET
Jets at Colts Betting Preview: Jets (+10.5/+100), Colts (-10.5/-120)
New York Jets
The Jets (0-2) lost their first two games by an average of 14 points and badly need to put forth a stronger effort against the Colts. Second-year coach Adam Gase may be coaching for his job in recent weeks as his seat continues to heat. An uncompetitive loss to Indianapolis would hurt.
New York defenders criticized the team’s practice habits and said it was a reflection of the team’s poor efforts. So the question is will the Jets arrive in Indianapolis with the type of mindset to challenge the Colts of will the club continue to flounder?
Quarterback Sam Darnold (394 passing yards) is among the players who need to pick up their play with the team ranking last in the NFL in total offense (265.5 yards per game) and 31st in scoring offense (15.0).
There isn’t much wiggle room for the Jets in terms of this season. Unravel again this Sunday and there is likely no getting back up. It is time for a strong performance, especially from the defenders who were vocal.
Indianapolis (1-1) is feeling good about its defense after shutting down the Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins last week.
The Colts allowed just 175 total yards and intercepted Cousins three times while possessing the ball for nearly 17 more minutes than Minnesota. The unit has been among the best in the league through two weeks, leading the NFL in total defense (208 yards per game) and ranking eighth in scoring defense (19.0).
Quarterback Philip Rivers is one touchdown throw from becoming the sixth player in NFL history to reach 400 touchdown passes.
Rivers is still establishing his fit in the Colts’ system but has completed 77.5 percent of his passes. However, he has three interceptions and just two touchdowns. Running back Jonathan Taylor will be a big part of the game plan after rushing for 101 yards against the Vikings.
Indianapolis has been banged up and lost safety Malik Hooker (Achilles) for the season in the win over the Vikings. A rough short-term loss is receiver Parris Campbell (knee), who the club was hoping would flourish in his second season. He is on injured reserve.
Jets at Colts Betting Pick for Week 3
The Colts are brimming with confidence after dismantling the Vikings so impressively. Another strong effort seems likely, especially on the defensive side of the ball due to New York’s offensive struggles. The Jets have a lot of things to fix and it is hard seeing the club solving all the issues in time to give Indianapolis a strong game.
Jets at Colts Betting Pick:
Colts 30, Jets 10
Jets at Colts Best Bet for Week 3
The Colts have been settling for field goals too much in the first two weeks — Rodrigo Blankenship is 6-of-7 — and this play counts on the team again concluding some drives without finding the end zone.
Darnold and the Jets figure to have trouble solving the Indianapolis scheme so the under appears to be a solid play.
Jets at Colts Best Bet: UNDER 44 total points (-110)