I can't beat that but out of all the stats I've ever unearthed myself as I've been writing these BGA's over the past few seasons, the most incredible was this one.
Almost exactly three years to the day after Kellen Clemens stepped in for the injured Mark Sanchez and babysat the Jets to a 19-13 win over the Bills in Toronto, Greg McElroy stepped in for an ineffective Mark Sanchez and babysat the Jets to a 7-6 win over the Cardinals. In the three year period between those two dates the Jets were 0-18 in regular season games when they scored 21 points or less.
This wasn't while the Jets were struggling either. That actually spans the heights of the Mark Sanchez era, with the Jets a respectable 25-21 over that period. Basically, they were set up to win close, low-scoring games but utterly incapable of doing so - being almost entirely dependent on whether their offense scored enough points and ending up 25-3 when they did manage more than 21. It's also somewhat fitting that the two low-scoring wins that bracketed that period weren't even finished off by Sanchez - a player we might see again next week. The Jets did, of course, ride that formula to a couple of postseason wins during that spell, but keeping games tight and hoping for a low-scoring win seemed to be an approach that would fail more often than not over the course of a season.
It's early, but already we have a good example of how actually to win a low scoring encounter. I wonder how many other things Todd Bowles' team will show that they are capable of doing which Rex Ryan's teams could not.
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[sny-accordion title="To re-read the offensive BGA in full, click here"]Introduction
This was an excellent road win for the Jets and sets them up nicely for the next two games heading into the bye. Those are two games which, based on the results over the first couple of weeks, suddenly seem to be eminently winnable. Let's settle in and enjoy this one for a while, though.
Shutting out Andrew Luck's Colts in the first half, the Jets were opportunistic on defense and led for virtually the entire game. Even when the Colts finally scored after both teams had squandered opportunities early on, I actually felt pretty confident they would win the game.
Some fans seem to be frustrated with the conservative nature of the playcalling, but there were some obvious weaknesses the Jets knew they could exploit and rather than use up all their best plays earlier on and baiting the Colts into a shoot-out, they seemed to save a couple for key moments - none moreso than on Brandon Marshall's clinching touchdown.
I liked that approach and was pleased that the Jets eventually persisted and got the running game going after it was tough sledding in the first half. On defense, you have to like the pressure they generated - even though Andrew Luck proved impossible to sack - because it led directly to three of their turnovers. Officially, they were credited with 11 quarterback hits.
Maybe the Jets got a bit lucky with the fumble at the goal line and a couple of calls and bounces that went their way, but they controlled the game and deserved their win. After all, as they say, Luck can only get you so far.
Ryan Fitzpatrick's solid start to the season continued, as he threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns and marched the Jets down the field for two fourth quarter scoring drives to ice the game.
Last week, I came up with a definition for an NFL quarterback's equivalent of a "quality start" - 60% completions and more touchdowns than interceptions - and Fitzpatrick has achieved that twice in two games. Geno Smith did it once in 2013 and once in 2014, with a string of 23 consecutive games without one in between. To give some further context to that "Quality Start" stat, Chad Pennington did it approximately once in every three games in his career, Vinny Testaverde did it seven times in the 1998 regular season and Mark Sanchez did it nine times in his Jets career, plus three more in the postseason.
While he might not have Smith's upside, maybe Fitzpatrick is the ideal quarterback for this team as currently constituted. It's going to be interesting to see how he'll handle any adversity, but so far his consistent play has been a settling influence.
Perhaps the one play that sold it for me was where Brandon Marshall adjusted his route and Fitzpatrick recognized, anticipated and executed the throw. Two veterans players, on the same page, making a simple read and then Marshall using his athletic ability to turn that into a 40-plus yard play. It seems so easy, but the Jets just don't seem to have had the players at - quarterback or receiver - to make that happen in the recent past.
Something similar happened on the game-clinching touchdown throw to Marshall. The Jets must have known they had this play in their locker and would bring it out at an appropriate time. With the running game starting to be effective, they bunched a formation so that there was space on the outside and Marshall had room to beat the defender in single coverage without the safety being able to come across and help. After a sneaky hand signal from Fitzpatrick ensured they were both on the same page, Marshall fought off the jam and got an outside release on the corner, at which point the play was already a win for the Jets because the defender held Marshall. Fitzpatrick put nice touch on a back shoulder throw in a place where only Marshall could get it and, after making the easy catch, Marshall did the rest.
Fitzpatrick really didn't need to do anything spectacular in this game. He just used the abilities of Decker and Marshall to win at the line and made simple throws to them when they were there - which, with all the injuries the Colts have had at cornerback, was quite often. Eric Decker had mismatches all day, even getting a couple of easy first downs on linebackers from the slot. Fitzpatrick didn't shy away from Vontae Davis though and his touchdown to Decker was with Davis in coverage, as he was playing too far off and a well designed route combination cleared plenty of space underneath for Decker to run into.
One area for concern is that maybe Fitzpatrick is relying on these two too much. He only completed one other pass - late in the game - to a different wide receiver or tight end. He even missed a wide open Decker over the middle and instead threw deep to Marshall in double coverage. Of course, lofting a jump ball to a player like Marshall can be a successful play, but it's not without risk, as his early interception showed. Still, at least it was on a downfield throw rather than one brought back into Jets territory or returned for a score.
It would be good to see him spread the ball around a bit more going forward, but they're still getting to grips with this new offense, so I don't mind an over-reliance on the trusted veterans early on. Obviously if Decker will miss any significant time with his knee issue, then Fitzpatrick will be forced to widen his horizons anyway.
As noted, Fitzpatrick didn't need to do anything too spectacular although he made a couple of nice decisions and hit a few guys in stride while only missing a couple of open throws. He did try to force the ball downfield a few times, though, as mentioned. Fitzpatrick also did well to avoid a sack on one play. Officially he was sacked for the first time this season while scrambling back towards the line after being flushed from the pocket by an unblocked rusher so maybe he failed to recognize the blitz there. While the line deserves credit for that, it shows that he's done a good job of anticipating and avoiding the rush and getting rid of the ball.
So far, Fitzpatrick is making it seem simple and that's great for this team. Know your limitations and do the simple things well and you can win in the NFL if you have a good team around you. Maybe, as Jon Gruden said during the broadcast, this is "the best team he has ever started at quarterback for". If he keeps doing what he's doing, he'll continue to start for them for the rest of the year and maybe beyond.
The challenge for the Jets' offensive line became more difficult when it was announced before that game that Robert Mathis was set to return from his Achilles injury. While he missed all of last year, Mathis had a career-high 19.5 sacks in 2013 so is a potential difference-maker when healthy.
Truth be told, the Jets did a good job of protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick as Mathis was relegated to a situational pass rush role off the bench and didn't have a major impact. That headline was too good to pass up though.
The real issue here was that the Jets' run blocking was extremely inconsistent and they couldn't get anything going in the first half (13 carries for 21 yards). They stuck with it though and had more success as the game went on, which was encouraging.
Anchored by two impressive rookies (Henry Anderson and David Parry), the Colts were winning the battle up front throughout the first half. I was wondering whether Nick Mangold and James Carpenter might be still suffering the after effects of recent injuries because they did not look right before half time. In the second half, they finally started to get some good traction on some double team blocks and this started to open things up for the team.
Mangold wasn't controlling the point of attack as you'd usually expect him to and when he did win there, as on one play in the first quarter where he drove his man out of the middle, failures elsewhere still rendered the play unsuccessful. He did show great hustle on a screen block where he basically took two guys down with a cut block, but Bilal Powell was tackled from behind before he could exploit the room created.
Carpenter struggled to sustain his blocks in the first half as he allowed his man to get off for a hit and a tackle in the backfield in the first half. After making a couple of good double team blocks, Carpenter had a textbook block at the line, driving his man to the inside to create a huge lane (something I've been referring to as the "Carpal Tunnel") as the Jets finally broke a long run down the stretch.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson had his hands full with Mathis on one play, doing well to repel his spin move, but still getting driven back into Fitzpatrick. After getting beaten on two run stuffs in the first half, he was better in the second half, with one good kick-out block and an excellent driving block at the second level on one of the longer runs of the day. In pass protection, he was troubled by some edge rushes that forced him back or to redirect upfield, but stayed on the block well enough to enable Ryan Fitzpatrick to get the throw off or step up each time and was never cleanly beaten.
Willie Colon was another player who really struggled in the first three quarters, allowing too much penetration, giving up a pressure on a stunt and struggling to get out to the second level on a couple of plays. He did make one good interior kickout block in the first half, but that was on a third and short play that was stuffed anyway because Ferguson's man got inside leverage on him and Mangold's man stood him up to bottle up an otherwise well-blocked play. Colon was another player to get better as the game endured, making an effective pulling block and a good downhill seal in the fourth quarter
Breno Giacomini had a poor game on the right side. In pass protection, he was beaten inside by Mathis for a pressure and late coming off a double team block to pick up a rusher that hit Fitzpatrick off the edge. He wasn't much better in the running game, getting beaten inside on a run stuff, whiffing badly on a second level block and letting a free runner run right past him to stuff a run as he double teamed with the tight end on the outside. Giacomini also had a dumb personal foul at the end of a play but did have a couple of good kick out blocks and one edge setting block in the second half.
It was encouraging to see the Jets have more success in the second half and hopefully that will carry over into next week, where the Jets will face off against the Eagles, who do a lot of two-gapping. Fletcher Cox has been playing well, so he'll present a challenge for them, as will Beau Allen who absolutely dominated the Jets backups in preseason and has started to make an impact in a rotation role.
As I had been anticipating, the Jets used a lot of spread formations in an effort to expose the Colts to mismatches and this meant that Bilal Powell saw more playing time than Chris Ivory. Powell did some good things, but almost allowed the Colts back into the game with a late fumble that he was somehow able to recover that himself.
Perhaps benefiting from being fresher heading into the second half, Ivory finally started gaining some yards, first breaking two tackles to turn what should have been a loss into a seven yard gain and then busting through the line with a nice cut, breaking a tackle at the second level and hurdling a defender downfield. By finally getting the running game going, the Jets were able to kill the game off pretty comfortably in the end.
Fullback Tommy Bohanon had one of his least effective games though. In that third quarter, where the Jets finally started to get some traction up front, he whiffed horribly on three blocks in short succession, in each case making the job much harder for the running back on an otherwise well-blocked play.
Bohanon also played a role in Ryan Fitzpatrick's first half interception as he got beaten in pass protection. Although Powell was able to come across and help him out with a double team block, this still might have disrupted Fitzpatrick's throw, although that was still into double coverage and Marshall did still get his hands on it, so perhaps it didn't make much difference to the accuracy of the pass. It might have slowed it down though.
Generally, Powell did well in pass protection as both he and Ivory picked up blitzes well on key first down conversions. He also broke one nice run off the edge and had two first down catches, one of which I knew was coming as soon as I saw the Jets go five wide with him in the slot. They ran that play a lot in preseason with the back running a flat route, but even if you knew it was coming, I'm not sure you could do much to stop it.
One other key contribution Powell made was to knock Vontae Davis out of the game. On that play, they threw a quick pass to Powell and Brandon Marshall just ran past Davis rather than attempting to block him. I don't know what that play was, but it reminded me of that scene in The Longest Yard where they let the pass rusher through and then fired the ball at his groin to take him out of the game.
Ivory actually ended up averaging over four yards per carry despite the fact that four yards was the longest run he had in the first half. He was stuffed five times for a one yard gain and twice for a loss in his first 10 touches, but then broke gains of seven, 19 and 16 on his last five carries. Other than one early third quarter run, where maybe he had the opportunity to cut back to his left and pick up some good yardage but didn't, Ivory really didn't seem to leave any yards on the field, but perhaps his groin injury slowed him down in terms of his ability to turn nothing into something as he is so capable of doing.
While Zac Stacy was activated, it was obviously just for cover as he didn't see any action on offense.
I've already talked at length about how the Jets were able to exploit mismatches to get Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall the ball. The pair combined for 15 catches, 198 yards and two scores. In terms of yardage, that represented over 80% of Ryan Fitzpatrick's output.
I'm sure people will be wondering why Decker was shut out in the second half after being so productive in the first half, but the answer is pretty simple. Due to the long Colts drive, the Jets reliance on the run and his early injury, Decker was only out there for five passing plays - and on one of those he was unlucky not to come down with the ball on a deep throw by Fitzpatrick.
What may be more interesting to discuss - particularly in light of the fact that Decker might miss time with a knee injury - is the lack of production from the rest of the pass catchers.
Other than those two, Quincy Enunwa was the only pass catcher with a reception and while it set up a score on a nicely timed deep crosser for 27, that came after he'd dropped two. Still, where we've been wondering what the coaching staff sees in him that reception was one flash. Another came on one of Ivory's long runs as he lined up out wide and exploded out of his stance at the snap to pancake the cornerback to the ground immediately. That might not have influenced the run, but it's a sign of the physicality he brings to the table. He did miss one block though.
Chris Owusu did not record a catch this week, although he did have a short one negated by a penalty. He almost managed to haul in a one-handed catch in the end zone after getting a half step on a deep route.
Once again, Jeremy Kerley played one snap. This was on a key third down conversion, the slot flat dump-off to Bilal Powell that I mentioned in the last instalment, so he was no more than a decoy, running an in-route on the other side. If Decker is going to miss any time, Kerley's role might increase, although maybe they will just activate Devin Smith and Kerley's role won't change. I wasn't shocked that Smith was inactive. I didn't think he'd be contributing much by now even if he'd had a full camp.
At tight end, Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis didn't play much and were again primarily just blockers. I'll give Cumberland some credit because he had a consistent performance, just failing to sustain one block in the red zone but otherwise avoiding mistakes and making some good contributions. Davis had a couple of good blocks, but also let his man get off his block a couple of times and had a false start.
Returning to Decker and Marshall, as I've said, I don't mind the fact that they saw the bulk of the targets this week because that was always somewhere the Jets would have a potential advantage. However, they will need to spread it around in other games going forwards.
Marshall not only had over 100 yards receiving, but also drew three penalties. As I expected, they used him in the slot a lot more often this week and went to the quick slant for a couple of key conversions after smartly keeping that in their holster last week. Marshall did have one false start and couldn't make the catch on the play where Fitzpatrick was intercepted, but it was excellent production. Hopefully his production will remain high if Decker misses time.
As for Decker, he did have a drop and an offensive penalty and was unlucky not to hold onto that second half pass which the defender was just able to poke out at the last moment. He still did a good job of exploiting those mismatches to rack up some easy yards though and it's encouraging that the team was still able to drive for two scores without him.[/sny-accordion]
[sny-accordion title="To re-read the defensive and special teams BGA in full, click here"]Defensive Line
We'll get to how beastly the Jets' defensive line was in this game in due course but, first of all, check this out:
Yes, that a five man line - Coples-Wilkerson-Harrison-Williams-Douzable - which was something used extensively by the Jets and not just in passing situations. This provides one simple answer to the question of "how will the Jets get all their top linemen on the field at the same time when Sheldon Richardson returns?" Behind the front five, the Jets had a conventional set-up with their two starting inside linebackers and the four starters in the secondary on the field. It will be interesting to see how much of a staple this set will become.
While I've cruelly implied that Leger Douzable will be bumped to the bench in these packages when Richardson returns, that's selling Douzable short because he is making excellent contributions himself playing both on the edge and on the interior. Douzable had several pressures as a pass rusher, got to Luck a few times for hits and could have had a couple of sacks if Luck wasn't so difficult to bring down. Douzable also made a tackle for loss and was only blocked out of a couple of plays. He was in on one other run stuff and also on the tackle where David Harris pried the ball away from Andrew Luck. Perhaps most surprising of all was the athleticism he showcased in dropping deep into coverage along with Quinton Coples on the play where Luck was blitzed and threw his first interception.
As good as Douzable was, Muhammad Wilkerson was even better. For Wilkerson, who was almost unblockable, it was one of his best games, with constant pressure on Luck, including two plays where he hit him as he threw, leading to an interception. He also drew two holding penalties and got some tremendous penetration in the running game, stuffing one run himself. Wilkerson missed just six snaps after having missed 19 in the opener.
Someone making a strong case for himself to remain on the roster when Richardson returns is Stephen Bowen. Bowen was in on two run stuffs, including one for a loss, and had two pressures, again almost sacking Luck on one play. That was excellent production from just 11 snaps. Also off the bench TJ Barnes was only in for a couple of plays but got good penetration on one short yardage stuff.
At nose tackle, Damon Harrison didn't have much of a direct impact and was blocked out of a couple of plays. However, he helped bottle up one run and I got a kick out of seeing him simply throw his man to the floor before leveraging his body into the hole on a goal line stuff.
Finally, while the contributions from Leonard Williams were overshadowed by other players on the defense, he still had plenty of positives. Williams was in on a tackle in the backfield and three other run stuffs close to the line, drew a holding penalty and had some good penetration in the running game, although he was controlled at the point of attack quite a bit. Perhaps his most impressive under-the-radar play saw him holding off a double team and eventually splitting it to get in on a tackle. In terms of his pass rushing he did have a couple of pressures on Luck and nearly sacked him once. Overall, though, Williams did have more positive contributions and fewer negative plays in the first half, so perhaps his comments about his conditioning were on point.
He's a player whose contributions often go unappreciated so when he has a big game like this we should give David Harris a ton of credit.
Harris made one of the biggest plays of the game when he was spying Andrew Luck on third and long, avoided a blocker in the open field to make the tackle short of the marker and then pried the ball loose for a key turnover. He also had seven tackles and a pressure, stuffing three runs close to the line and making two good open field tackles on short passes.
While Harris was blocked out of a couple of plays and beaten for a short first down catch in coverage, his performance anchored the Jets' defensive effort and the team is often at their best when he is playing well.
Beyond Harris, the next biggest contributor was Quinton Coples, who was disruptive all day in the pass rush, generating a handful of direct pressures and forcing the Colts to double-team him at times in the second half. Coples got a couple of pass rush reps from the defensive tackle position, which is something I've been calling for more of, but actually had a lot of success getting upfield on the outside as well. Coples also made some contributions against the run, stuffing one play with a wrap-up tackle and getting some good penetration. He even made a contribution in coverage, dropping back and covering his man well downfield on the play where Luck threw his first interception. It would have been nice for him to round off his performance with a sack, but unfortunately when he finally did get to Luck, his sack was negated by a somewhat weak roughing the passer penalty for what looked like incidental contact around the neck area.
Calvin Pace was credited with one tackle and one quarterback hit, but I was impressed with his ability to drive back the right tackle in the pocket. I don't think he's displayed power like that very often before. Pace got to Luck who was able to get rid of the ball only to be called for an intentional grounding penalty and also came off the edge to stuff a run up the middle.
Demario Davis made some good contributions too, with six tackles, two quarterback hits and a couple of pressures. He crucially made the stop at the goal line on the play before Frank Gore's fumble. Davis was blocked out of a couple of plays and had an unsportsmanlike penalty after Gore's fumble but on the whole had a better game than last week.
While Harris and Davis played every snap, the Jets again ran some three linebacker nickel sets. This week it was Jamari Lattimore who got the call on these plays. He had one missed tackle late in the game.
Erin Henderson did get into the game with the goal line package, but was cut to the ground on the edge, setting up what should have been a walk-in touchdown for Gore before he inexplicably fumbled.
Finally, Trevor Reilly backed up both outside linebacker positions, but didn't see as much time this week, even though Coples was out of the game with some kind of injury for a period in the first half. Reilly did get one pressure, but on a third down play Luck escaped the pocket and Reilly's tackle wasn't enough to prevent him from stretching out to reach the marker.
By now, you'll all probably have seen the statistics that show the Jets have already created more points off turnovers than they did all of last season. It's about time they started making plays instead of nearly making plays and finally they have some players capable of doing that. At this rate, it won't be long before they start scoring some points too.
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.
Once again, special teams didn't have much of an impact on the outcome here, which is perhaps what the Jets are hoping for this year. Each team had a field goal smack off the upright, so that proved to be a wash.
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.[/sny-accordion]
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