Leading the way, as expected, was Darrelle Revis. The talismanic shutdown corner had two more fumble recoveries and an interception and actually almost came down with a fourth turnover on a late jump ball. I'm pretty sure he caused the first of those fumbles with a jedi mind trick too, because Frank Gore looked set to score easily and lost the ball with nobody around him.
It was good to see some playmaking from the safety position (other than that time last year where Jaiquawn Jarrett crammed a career's worth of big plays into half an hour against the Steelers) too. Both safeties intercepted their first pass as a Jet, a further sign that the Jets have fewer weaknesses than last season.
While Revis came up big in the turnover category, he's still not quite at his infallible best. Tracking TY Hilton for most of the game, he shut him down for most of it, but there was one big play where Hilton got separation on a hitch route and then stiff-armed Revis to the ground for extra yardage.
Revis was also uncharacteristically involved in some worrying blown coverages. One saw Revis reacting to Cody Fleener running down the seam and getting a step on the safety, Jarrett. I think Revis saw the potential for a big play there so abandoned his assignment and ran deep with Fleener, leaving a receiver alone for an easy first down. On the other, Revis was lined up at middle linebacker for some reason and seemed to hesitate at the snap. The tight end ran deep down the middle and had a step or two on Revis and Calvin Pryor going long. Andrew Luck instead completed an intermediate throw over the middle for a nice gain to another receiver in the area vacated by Revis and Pryor, but if he'd made a perfect deep throw that was potentially an easy touchdown. I couldn't say who was to blame on those plays, but it's unusual to see Revis involved because he would usually just be staying with his man on assignment.
Revis did make some great open field tackles and a couple of nice plays in coverage - although he was a bit lucky on one where he didn't get his head turned around despite blanketing the receiver in the end zone.
While it was incredible to see him starting after last week's terrible-looking injury, Antonio Cromartie had some struggles again, giving up a touchdown and two big first downs (despite also being called for holding on one of them). He did have a nice pass break-up though and I'd actually give him a pass on the touchdown too. The Jets sent five against five blockers and the Colts, for once, picked it up to give Luck some extra time. Cromartie stayed with his man initially but couldn't react to the secondary move. Also, it wouldn't have been a touchdown but for Marcus Gilchrist taking a bad angle on the receiver in the open field.
Gilchrist made up for that with a good play to prevent a bigger gain after Hilton escaped Revis following the stiff arm and then made an athletic interception over by the sideline. He almost had another interception too, dropping a tough low pass on a diving attempt, and he did draw a crucial hold on a Luck first down scramble.
Pryor also had his first interception as a Jet - and a nice return to set up the first score. He also had a key tackle near the goal line to save a touchdown a few plays before the Gore fumble. While he lost contain a couple of times and was blocked out of a play down the field, Pryor did well to avoid any bad mistakes, his one missed tackle being negated by a penalty flag. He was involved with the blown coverage mentioned above so maybe he got away with one there, but otherwise he's playing at a level of consistency not seen from him last season and adding in a few impact plays as well.
People are starting to notice Buster Skrine and for all the right reasons. While I was concerned he might be targeted a lot with Revis and Cromartie on the outside, Skrine has held up well and made some nice plays in coverage here. He did give up three first downs, but 65 yards and a pass break-up on 10 targets is pretty solid. He also had a quarterback hit rushing off the edge and was in on a stop for near the line, but did get called for a late hit.
Jarrett saw some brief action rotating in for Pryor, but other than his involvement in the blown coverage with Revis, did nothing to stand out. Finally, Marcus Williams got into the game late for some garbage time reps late in place of Revis.
Next up...our final positional review looks at the special teams, which again were pretty much a wash (which is fine by me)...