While it's always disappointing to see Nick Folk miss one, ultimately this one didn't matter. My biggest complaint about him is that he should have missed his last extra point and field goal as well and then the Jets would have won 16-7 for old time's sake. Without checking, I bet someone made that remark when Marshall's touchdown made it 16-7. It seems like the kind of thing Rich Cimini would say.
Punter Ryan Quigley did have one poor punt from down near his goal line, but that overshadowed the fact that he also landed three nice ones near the 10. On the one that he shanked, he was under a bit of pressure, with Tanner Purdum missing a block at the line and another rusher going uncontested between Jamari Lattimore and Tommy Bohanon, so maybe that caused him to rush the kick.
For their own part, the Jets were also aggressive in looking to block a punt, sending Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Damon Harrison out there on the punt block unit with Wilkerson inches away from getting a finger on the ball and then doing remarkably well to avoid making contact with the punter after the ball was kicked. Lattimore was also able to put some pressure on another punt, following a low snap.
The return game was a complete non-entity this week, albeit mostly through lack of opportunities rather than anything that could have been improved upon. The Jets saw one punt go out of bounds and two kickoffs go through the end zone. Jeremy Kerley took two fair catches, including one inside the 10 that he might have been better off signalling for and then stepping aside so it rolled into the end zone.
The Colts didn't do much in the return game either though. With Ronald Martin and Marcus Williams as primary gunners, Quigley kicked two out of bounds and the other three were all fair caught. On kickoffs, the Colts returned four of five, but their average start position was basically the 20 yard line anyway.
In coverage, Dexter McDougle had a special teams tackle in his first NFL game, although he initially made contact at the 15 only to allow the return man to drive ahead for several extra yards before getting him down. Lattimore, Erin Henderon and Williams all also made tackles, two of them coming after Martin and Quincy Enunwa got downfield well and, despite missing the first tackle, helped to slow up the return man. Bohanon was also credited with an assist and drew a penalty for a block in the back.
Finally, Coples had an unnecessary roughness penalty after an extra point but I did not see what the incident was that caused it.
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