The NFL is set up with another complete week of action on Sunday. Fourteen games will be up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts. These two teams will both look to earn a huge win in Week 3 of the new season. This game will kick off at around 4:05 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 0-2 to open the new season. The Jets finished last season with a record of 7-9, which had them in third place of the AFC East. New York has struggled a bit in the first two weeks of this season but have a chance to bounce back against the Colts. Look for the Jets to come out quickly as they try and avoid another poor start.
The Colts finished out last season with a record of 7-9 as well, which had them in third place of the AFC South. Indianapolis has gone 1-1 to open up this season after bouncing back with a win in Week 2. Look for the Colts to carry over that momentum into Week 3 as they try and jump out to that winning record. Indianapolis is in a tight division, so they will look to move up the standings with a big win.
These two teams have not had perfect starts to the season, but there is still plenty of time for them to turn it around. I expect both teams to come out quickly in this one as they try and put together a solid opening. If either team can dominate early, I think the other team will struggle to play from behind. This should lead to an exciting matchup.
New York is coming off a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for two touchdowns to Jordan Reed, while Raheem Mostert ran for an 80 yard touchdown in the first half. The 49ers jumped out to a 31-6 lead before Sam Darnold threw for a touchdown in the final two minutes. The Jets ended with a 31-13 loss though.
The Colts met up with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2, where they earned a big win. Jonathan Taylor ran for a touchdown; Philip Rivers threw a touchdown and Rodrigo Blankenship went 4-4 on field goals. Dalvin Cook ran for a touchdown in garbage time, but it was not even enough to make it look close. The Colts ended with a 28-11 win at home.
These two teams had very opposite performances in Week 2. The Jets go dominated by San Francisco, while the Colts ended up dominating the Minnesota Vikings. Look for Indianapolis to keep that momentum up coming into this one, while New York will look to find the endzone early after failing to find it in most of Week 2. If the Jets can get some momentum going early, I think they can keep this one close.
New York has a solid Quarterback in Sam Darnold. Darnold finished out last season, throwing for 3024 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with a record of 7-6. Darnold has thrown for 394 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception this season. He will look to improve those numbers a bit with a good performance on Sunday afternoon.
The Colts have a new Quarterback this season in Philip Rivers. Rivers spent last season with the Los Angeles Chargers, where he finished with a record of 5-11. He finished with 4615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Rivers has thrown for 577 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions throughout this season. He will look to improve that touchdown to interception ratio with a better game in Week 3.
These two teams have very serviceable Quarterbacks but will need them to step up under Center this season. Darnold picked up his game late in last season to help the Jets go 6-2 in their last eight games. If Darnold can play like that this season, it could help propel the Jets to the playoffs. Rivers struggled last season but has a perfect opportunity for a bounce back campaign with the Colts.
The Jets have been hit hard in their offense with injuries. Wide Receiver’s Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder are out for New York, while Running Back LeVeon Bell is out as well. Offensive Tackle George Fant is also out for the Jets. New York will need some players to step up to help out Sam Darnold in Week 3.
Indianapolis lost Running Back Marlon Mack in Week 1, which puts the running game on Nyheim Hynes and rookie Jonathan Taylor. The Colts could also be without Tight End Jack Doyle, which would hurt the passing game a bit. Indianapolis overall though, is hurting a lot less from their injuries so far this season. The Colts will look to exploit those injuries in this one.
New York’s injuries have piled up early in this season, so look for the Jets to find a way to get some running game going to take pressure off the passing game. The Jets will look for Frank Gore to help lead this rushing attack. If New York’s offense can step up though, I think they can keep up with the Colts. Indianapolis will look to make this into a high scoring affair to force New York’s offense to step up.
I believe that despite the Jets injuries and tough start to the season, they will keep this game close. I believe that the Colts are going to be a bit complacent after dominating the Vikings. If New York can keep it close or score some garbage time points late, they should be able to cover against an Indianapolis team that has not impressed me yet.
BetOnline has the Colts listed as a -12 ½ against the spread coming into this one. This gives a huge advantage to Indianapolis. I believe that this line is way too big for a 1-1 against an 0-2 team. The Jets are a better team than this line implies, which I think will lead to them covering this line. I am taking New York with the points on Sunday afternoon.