1-4. Not the start the Colts hoped for but plenty of their misfortune has been out of their control. When a team can only field a 44 man roster on Thursday night, it’s time for them to put their hands up and shrug their shoulders. The story feels similar this week as the Colts are still decimated by injuries. Luckily, the New York Jets are no New England Patriots.
Andrew Luck may be able to win this one on his own. Because of all of Indianapolis’ injuries, this game goes from a comfortable win to a potentially tight contest. If the Colts can get a win here, things may be looking up. The hardest part of the Colts’ schedule has passed. Based on Super Bowl odds, the Colts have the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL. Heading into the bye 4-4 is a real possibility but it all starts this Sunday.
DT/DE Denico Autry (Hamstring)
TE Jack Doyle (Hip)
S Matthias Farley (Shoulder/Groin/Wrist)
S Clayton Geathers (Concussion/Neck)
T/G Denzelle Good (Not Injury Related)
WR T.Y. Hilton (Chest/Hamstring)
TE Eric Ebron (Shin/Quad/Ankle/Knee)
DT Margus Hunt (Knee)
C Ryan Kelly (Calf)
LB Darius Leonard (Ankle)
CB Arthur Maulet (Hip)
S Mike Mitchell (Pectoral)
OT Anthony Castonzo (Hamstring)
S Malik Hooker (Hip Groin)
RB Marlon Mack (Foot/Hamstring)
CB Kenny Moore (Concussion)
DT Hassan Ridgeway (Calf)
LB Anthony Walker (Groin)
CB Quincy Wilson (Concussion)
New York Jets
WR Charone Peake (Hamstring)
CB Buster Skrine (Concussion)
CB Trumaine Johnson (Quadriceps)
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Foot)
RB Isaiah Crowell (Ankle)
S Marcus Maye (Ankle/Foot)
S Doug Middleton (Hamstring)
T Kelvin Beachum (Foot)
DL Folorunso Fatukasi (Hamstring)
C Spencer Long (Knee/Finger)
WR Terrelle Pryor (Groin/Non-Injury)
WR Andre Roberts (Elbow/Foot)
DL Nathan Sheperd (Shoulder)
TE Neal Sterling (Concussion)
DL Leonard Williams (Back)
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Isaiah Crowell vs Colts’ Front Seven
Last week, Isaiah Crowell decimated the Broncos’ defense on 15 carries, notching 219 yards and a 77-yard touchdown. He had his way against Denver who features a talented defensive line. Sony Michel burned the Colts in New England for 98 yards and a score. The Colts’ defensive line has been one of the best in football this season but they are banged up, missing Denico Autry and potentially missing Margus Hunt and Hassan Ridgeway. Holding New York’s run game to a minimum will be a key to controlling the tempo of this game.
Jets’ Wide Receivers vs Colts’ Cornerbacks
The Jets’ wide receivers aren’t the best group in the world but have shown some flashes in the past week. Quincy Enunwa was solid during the beginning of the season but has phased out in the past few weeks, not catching a ball against Denver. Robby Anderson started slow but put his game-breaking potential on display last week, netting 123 yards and two touchdowns on only three catches. The Colts should have all of their corners healthy but will be missing Clayton Geathers and Matthias Farley. The Corners will have to be diligent in keeping Anderson and co. in front without much safety help besides Hooker.
Shorthanded, the Colts defeat Sam Darnold in a close matchup, giving them momentum heading into the easier part of their schedule.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.